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Victoria

Future Dentist - University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine – Class of 2024

I was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh, PA! I have been here my whole life and cannot imagine living in another city. Go Steelers!
Family: They’re kinda cool…. You know who you are! I did also hear that my dad is a pretty great dentist
Education: I graduated Magna Cum Laude from High Point University in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Business Administration.
What I like most about dentistry: I love the ability that dental practitioners have to really give back to our community and restore confidence in their patients.
My favorite place or favorite getaway:    My happy place is definitely Florence, Italy. While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to study abroad and live there for four months. It feels like I left a piece of my heart in Italy after making so many wonderful memories and spending time with my relatives there.
Favorite hobby/pastime: Playing the piano
What I love about Pittsburgh: There is a very unique bond between people that live in Pittsburgh and a really strong hometown spirit. I love that we have some of the best food, sports teams, restaurants, and some of the most kindhearted people you’ll meet all around the city.
Favorite sports team: Anything Pittsburgh!
Favorite restaurant: Pittsburgh has so many wonderful restaurants that it is hard to pick! If I had to narrow it down, I would say either Eddie V’s or Garbarino’s.
Favorite movie: Bridesmaids… But Nacho Libre is a pretty close second.
Favorite music: I love it all! But I do know every word to every Drake song.
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
My bucket list: To travel to French Polynesia.
Favorite quote: “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” –Marc Anthony
A random fact: Believe it or not, I have never eaten at McDonald’s!
Favorite dental joke: “What did the judge say to the dentist?”… “Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth?!”


Megan

Dental Hygienist

I was born in Greensburg, then grew up in Swisshelm Park, currently residing in the Penn Hills / Verona area.
Family: I have one daughter, Sophie, fiance’ Shawn, three cats and a dog
Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Hygiene
What I like most about dentistry: Being able to calm nervous patients
My happy place or favorite getaway: Anywhere with a beach!
Favorite hobby/pastime: I am a voracious reader and love the library!  We also have a house in the Laurel mountains where I spend time in nature, hiking and fishing
What I love about Pittsburgh: The cultural diversity
Favorite sports team: Steelers!  (of course)
Favorite restaurant: Salim’s – across the street. I’ve been going there for 35 years!
Favorite movie: Wizard of Oz
Favorite music: Reggae and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram and Facebook
Bucket list: Skydiving
Favorite quote: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again
A fun fact: I met Robin Williams!
Favorite dental joke: He/She has “Summer” teeth, Summer here, summer there!


Isha

Treatment Coordinator

I was born in India, but moved to Canada when I was 1 year old. I grew up and was raised in Toronto, Canada. I moved to New York for my education and then moved back to Canada to finish my education in Dental Hygiene.
Education: Bachelor of Science – State University of New York, Dental Hygiene – Stafford College of Health Care
What I like most about dentistry: I love the change you can make for a patients smile and improve their confidence. The ability to help a patient achieve optimal dental care and get satisfaction in knowing you helped someone reach their goal is my favorite thing about dentistry.
My happy place or favorite getaway: A hammock on the beaches of Phi Phi Islands with a nice glass of wine.
Favorite hobby/pastime: My favorite hobby is to travel. I have a world map that you scratch off when you have visited the country. My end goal is to visit as many countries as I can before I’m 75.
What I love about Pittsburgh: is the pride this city has in it’s sports team. I have never seen so much team spirit in my life. I love tailgating to support my new favorite team, the Steelers!
Favorite restaurant: Ko San Road, the best Thai food I have ever had and it’s in Toronto, Canada.
My favorite social media site: Instagram
My bucket list: skydiving over Dubai or New Zealand.
Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi


Kim

Patient Coordinator

I was born and raised on an Army Base at Campbell, KY. We moved a lot as a family,  and landed in Pittsburgh in the 70’s. I finished school in Pittsburgh, married in 1990, and began moving all over again. Kanas City, Alabama, Calgary Alberta Canada, then back to the Burgh in 2020.
Family: Married for 30 years with 3 grown daughters.
What I like most about dentistry:
The amazing advances to keep people smiling.
My favorite place or favorite getaway:
Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite hobby/pastime:
Dance … I teach Zumba Classes and I love to Scrapbook!
What I love most about Pittsburgh:
Hometown feel and pride. The feeling of family even if you are not.
Favorite sports team:
Duh, Steelers!
Favorite movie:
Grease
Favorite music:
Rock & Roll, Classic and New
Bucket list:
traveling to Italy
Favorite quote:
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything!


Cory

Future Dentist - University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine – Class of 2028

I was born in New Jersey but moved to Pittsburgh when I was six. I went to grade school in Wexford and attended Pittsburgh Central Catholic and then the University of Pittsburgh for my undergrad. I hope to go to dental school to become a dentist!
What I like most about dentistry: I love how you can provide instant relief with good dental care. I also love how complex dentistry really becomes an art of its own.
My happy place or favorite getaway: Myrtle Beach, SC
Favorite hobby/pastime: I love playing basketball, I played in high school and I wish I could play here now.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is the perfect blend of big and small city. The restaurants are amazing, the sports teams are always good, and the people are always nice.
Favorite sports team: Steelers!
Favorite restaurant: There are so many choices for this, but Texas de Brazil is my favorite.
Favorite movie: I am not a big movie fan, but I used to love a Good Burger as a kid.
Favorite music: I’m a big electronic music guy.
Favorite app or social media site: As edgy as it may sound, I find myself on Reddit a lot.
My bucket list: I’d love to skydive one day. I feel like I’ll never be afraid of anything after that.
Favorite quote: “Don’t count the days, make the days count” – Muhammad Ali
A fun fact: Ben Roethlisberger taught me how to throw a football for a week during a football camp.
Favorite dental joke: What does the dentist of the year get? a little plaque


Chelsey

Dental Assistant / Clinical Coordinator

I was born in Lexington, South Carolina and raised in  Steubenville, Ohio.   Adventure is my middle name!
Family: I am the only child, but have a huge family. My dad is the youngest of nine and my mom is a sibling of seven.
Education: I attended The Ohio State University… “Go Bucks!”
What I like most about dentistry: Helping our patients shine bright with a smile.
My happy place or getaway: My bed. LOL
Favorite hobby/pastime: My favorite hobby is perfecting my make-up, but if you see me at work I probably look a mess.
What I love most about Pittsburgh: All the hidden gems.
Favorite sports team: The Buckeye’s (OSU) and the New England Patriots (Sorry Steeler fans!!)
Favorite restaurant: Anything Seafood
Favorite movie:  Inception
Favorite music: Old school R&B, preferably the 80’s
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
Bucket list: Go to the Maldives and walk the beach that lights up blue at night.
Favorite quote: I do what I need to do, so I can do what I want to do.
A fun fact: I have two middle names!
Favorite dental joke: Knock, knockWho’s there? Dishes. Dishes who? Dishes how I talk since I lost my teeth.


Jade

Administrative Hygiene Specialist

I was born and raised in rural town in northwestern PA. I moved to Pittsburgh shortly after Dental Assisting school. I lived in Pittsburgh for about 4 and a half years and decided to move to Clearwater FL where I spent the next 2. But IM BACK IN THE BURGH! I always said Pittsburgh is my home!
Education:
Certified Dental Assistant
What I like most about dentistry:
I like having the the ability to give the patients a smile they are happy and proud of!  It makes me so happy to see someone see there new teeth for the first time!
Favorite hobby/pastime:
Playing Fortnite
My favorite place or favorite getaway:
Clearwater FL
Favorite sports team:
Steelers
Favorite restaurant:
Stack’d
Favorite movie:
Lords of Dogtown
Favorite music:
I listen to a lot of rap but I like house music!
Favorite app or social media site: 
Snapchat
What do you love most about Pittsburgh:
I love that there is so much to do! From sports to concerts there is always something to do.
Bucket list: Skydiving!
Favorite quote: “Oh, mini croissants! No matter what I say, stop me when I’ve had 16.”- Linda Belcher
Fun fact: I was a cheerleader in high school.
Favorite dental joke: What do dentists call the x-rays they take of patients’ teeth? Tooth pics


Jessica

Registered Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in a city called San Felipe in Venezuela. I moved to Pittsburgh a year ago because of the love I found 4 years ago and I love this city. I am a positive person that loves taking new challenges and learning from each and every day.
Education: I am a registered dental assistant (RDA) in Pennsylvania and was a practicing dentist in Venezuela
What I like most about dentistry: I like dentistry because it is a super nice career in which you can help people with their oral health and improve their smile.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: I like to go to the park for a walk and connect with nature
Favorite hobby/pastime: In my free time I like to watch Netflix series and bake cakes and muffins
What I love about Pittsburgh: I love the weather and seasonal changes. I also love the people here because they are very nice
Favorite sports team: Pirates!! I like baseball
Favorite restaurant: Fogo de Chao. I like to eat!
Favorite movie: Miracle in Cell No 7
Favorite music: Pop and Reggaeton
Favorite app or social media site:  Duolingo and Instagram
My bucket list: I want to see my parents soon!
Favorite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done”  Nelson Mandela
A fun fact: I sneeze 7 times in a row
Favorite dental joke: Why did the king go to the dentist? To get his teeth crowned!!


Donna

Clinical Facilitator

I was born and raised in Richland, a suburb of Johnstown, PA. I currently live in Wexford. 
Family: I have two grown children and 2 grandchildren. 
What I like most about dentistry: The finished product
My favorite place or favorite getaway: Going to visit my daughter and her family, and my son in Miami 
Favorite hobby/pastime: Working out, pilates, walking, and bike riding 
What I love about Pittsburgh: It’s big enough to get the feeling of a “big city” and easy to navigate to wherever you need to go
Favorite restaurant: Olives and Peppers
Favorite movie: The Holiday
Favorite music: Pop, Jazz, and Big Band
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
My bucket list: Go to Italy
Favorite quote: “If you ain’t got something nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.”
A fun fact: I can spin a basketball with my finger! Lol


Phillip

Pre-Dental Intern

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
Family: One older sibling, sister a senior in college Education: Currently a sophomore at Pitt majoring in Natural Sciences with a minor in business.
What I like most about dentistry: Dentistry mixes art, engineering, and providing important patient care
My favorite place or favorite getaway: The beach
Favorite Hobby/Pastime: Learning to play the guitar
What I love about Pittsburgh: Pitt’s campus and the city
Favorite sports team: Ravins
Favorite restaurant: Cafe Moulin in Shadyside
Favorite movie: Imagine Dragons
Favorite music: Pop & Country
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
My bucket list: Skydive
A fun fact: never had a cavity :)
Favorite dental joke: A patient asks the dentist, “What did you do before you became a dentist?” “I was in the army.” “What did you do there?” Dentist replies, “I was a drill sergeant!”


Rina

Pre-Dental Intern

I was born and raised in Wintersville, Ohio. I enjoy cooking for my friends and family. I love to try new things and find new hobbies to master.
Education: I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a major in Psychology while on the pre-dental track.
What I like most about dentistry: My favorite thing about dentistry is the opportunity it provides us to increase someone’s confidence, in their health as well as appearance.
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: I love to draw, read, and paint.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: My happy place is anywhere filled with nature, especially if I am able to explore and hike.
Favorite sports team: Steelers
Favorite Restaurant: Ichiban
Favorite movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Favorite music: R & B
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: I love the mixture of urbanization and nature that Pittsburgh has. It isn’t very common to see in other cities.
Bucket List: Climbing Mount Everest! 
Favorite Quote: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” - Mother Teresa
Fun Fact: I’m bilingual in English and Albanian! 
Favorite dental joke: What does the dentist do when he is on a rollercoaster? - Brace himself 


Julie

Graphic Designer

I was born and raised in Greensburg, PA. I have 3 little boys that are my whole world!
Education: TheArt Institute of Pittsburgh
What I like most about dentistry: The feeling you get knowing you have a healthy smile. Health is so important!
My favorite place or favorite getaway: Myrtle Beach it’s been a family fav. the past 5 years
Favorite hobby/pastime: Painting, books, baking, cooking, going to watch my kids play baseball
What I love about Pittsburgh: PNC park, Stage AE, PPG Place, Kennywood, so many good places that I have great memories as a kid and now share them with my kids
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh, Steelers! 
Favorite restaurant: Nakama, Cheesecake Factory, Waffle House
Favorite movie: Fools Rush In, Black Sheep, Stepbrothers 
Favorite music: Punk
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
My bucket list: Do missionary work in Africa
Favorite quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for good in others; For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge you're never alone." - Audrey Hepburn


Zoe

Cheerful Patient Greeter, Loyal Friend, and Therapy Dog

I was born in Reading, PA.
Family: The awesome humans on the Smiles by Hart Team.
Education: Working on it with the help of lots of treats.
What I like most about dentistry: The patients! They tell me I’m adorable and I get lots of attention.
My happy place or favorite getaway: other than on a patients lap …  in the yard chasing squirrels real and imagined
Favorite Hobby / Pastime: I love a good fetch and return game and watching Animal Planet is up there too. I am particularly fond of hanging my head out the car window.
What I love about Pittsburgh: I get to go to work everyday, so I’m never home alone. Wearing winter sweaters isn’t too shabby either.
Favorite Restaurant: Starbucks puppuccino is pretty good and Brew Dogs is a close second
Favorite Sports Team: Steelers and Penguins … Duh! My pawrents scream pretty loud every time they score so it’s super exciting! 
Favorite Movie: Marley & Me
My favorite social media site: Instagram: #smilesbyhart.pittsburgh #cavalier_life
My Bucket List: Go to the Westminister Dog Show 
Favorite quote: “It’s a dog’s world people just live in it”
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” -C.J. Frick