I was born and raised in Greenville, PA.
Education: Associates in Applied Science and Dental Hygiene.
Why I chose Dental Hygiene: From a young age, I enjoyed dental visits and was impressed with the difference in made in my overall oral health.
What I like most about dentistry: The difference you can make in a person’s life, providing them with the confidence and reassurance that comes from having good oral hygiene.
Personal Interests: I enjoy boxing, strength training, outdoors, sports, exploring restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
Family: I have six siblings, 3 nieces and a nephew.
Favorite sports team: Steelers & Penguins
Favorite Restaurant: Anything Mexican
Favorite movie: Stepbrothers
Favorite music: All! 🙂
Favorite app or social media site: Instagram
My happy place or favorite getaway: Deep Creek, Maryland or traveling home to visit friends and family.
Favorite pastime: Traveling to my grandparent’s camp as a child and being with all of my cousins.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: I love that there are options for everything!
Bucket List: I would love to travel to Italy.
Favorite dental joke: “What time is it?” “Tooth-thirty”

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

I was born and raised in the small town of Sherburne, NY where the cow population just might surpass that of people.
Education: I graduated from Allegheny College in May 2018 with a BS in Biology and a Minor in Studio Art.
What I like most about dentistry: My favorite part about dentistry is treating every case like a work of art that allows a patient to feel as comfortable and confident with their smile as possible.
My happy place or favorite getaway: My favorite getaway is Cape Cod, MA
Favorite Hobby / Pastime: Watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
What I love about Pittsburgh: Accessibility and Sports culture
Favorite sports team: I enjoy all sports, but I am a budding Pittsburgh Penguins fan!
Favorite music: Country
Favorite social media site: Instagram
My Bucket List: Travel to New Zealand
Favorite quote: “You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” -Dr. Seuss
Favorite dental joke: What did the dentist see at the North Pole? – – A molar bear 🙂

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?!”

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

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!!

I was born and raised in New Castle, PA the firework capital of America.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Global Cultural Studies from Point Park University
What I like most about dentistry: I love seeing everyone feel more happy and confident about their smile.
My happy place or favorite getaway:
Melbourne Australia! I lived and worked there for a year and I’ve never felt more at home somewhere. The best coffee, art, and parks!
What do you love most about Pittsburgh:
The underground art scene
Favorite Restaurant:
Padma in Kyoto, Japan. Best Japanese vegan food!
Favorite movie:
Tampopo – The first Japanese “Roman Western” it’s so cute, funny, quirky and will make you so hungry for noodles.
Favorite music:
All music! It’s truly my love language.
Favorite app or social media site:
Spotify
My Bucket List:
Surfing in Sri Lanka!
Favorite Quote:
“Without giving up hope – that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be – we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” Pema Chodron.”

Karli

Expanded Function Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Oakdale Penn.
Family:
My family oriented from coast to coast.
Education: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
What I like most about dentistry: Building relationships with patients and being able to help.
Favorite Hobby/Pasttime: Reading, Running and Yoga at the park
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: Being surrounded by the rivers
Favorite Restaurant: Green Mango! 
Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite music: All music and loud!
Favorite Quote: Whats meant to be will be <3
A Fun Fact: I can twirl baton!

I was born and raised in New Castle, PA
Education: I graduated from Shenango High School. I went to Indiana University of PA.
What I like most about dentistry: Being able to change someone’s life be that in a big or small way
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: Probably working out or listening to music, eating!
My favorite place or favorite getaway: For me, my happy place is anywhere surrounded by nature, as well as the gym.
Favorite sports team: The Dallas Cowboys!
Favorite Restaurant: (this is so tough I love food) possibly First Watch because brunch is life.
Favorite movie: Any movie with Tom Hanks is my favorite.
Favorite music: I enjoy a wide variety of genres but I love R&B/ rap.
Favorite app or social media site: YouTube.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: The art and culture.
Bucket List: To travel out of the country.
Favorite Quote: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” Meena Harris
Fun Fact: I can tuck my ears into themselves.
Favorite dental joke: Why did the phone go to the dentist? …. Because it had bluetooth!

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh.
Family: I have two daughters and a grandson.
Education: I graduated from Brentwood Jr./Sr. High School.
What I like most about dentistry: The smiles on a patients face when they see their new “smile”!
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: I like to bake and garden.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: The ocean is one of my favorite places.
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite Restaurant: Tessaro’s
Favorite movie: Dr. Zhiraga
Favorite music: I enjoy all types of music.
Favorite app or social media site: My favorite app is Words with Friends.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: I love Pittsburgh for its diversity.
Bucket List: I want to see a lighthouse in Maine.
Favorite Quote: “It is what it is.”
Fun Fact: I use to love riding motorcycles.
Favorite dental joke: What do dentists call their x-rays? … toothpicks

I was born and raised in Armstrong County.
Education: Ernst & Young / Inc Magazine Female Entrepreneur of the year in 1989. Started and owned 3 companies that supplied, manufactured and installed products for maintenance/protection of traffic to the road construction industry in PA
What I like most about dentistry: How it enhances your smile and overall facial appearance
My happy place or favorite getaway: Time with my husband Bob and familyFavorite hobby/pastime: Reading and decorating our home and working in my flower gardens
Family: 5 children and 9 grandchildren
Favorite sports team: Penguins
Favorite Restaurant: Hoffstodt’s Oakmont
Favorite movie: Any Tom Cruise movie
Favorite music: 70’s
What do you love most about Pittsburgh: All the great people
Bucket List: Visit Italy

Smiles by Hart Pittsburgh

Julie

Graphic Designer

I was born and raised in Greensburg, PA. I have 2 little boys that are my whole world!
Education:  Art 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, yoga, books
What I love about Pittsburgh: So many places to shop!
Favorite sports team:  Pittsburgh, Steelers
Favorite restaurant:    Nakama and Cheesecake Factory
Favorite movie: Fools Rush In
Favorite music: Punk
Favorite app or social media site:  Instagram
My bucket list:   Travel
Favorite quote:  “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” – George Elliot