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 come from a large loving family.
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: Anywhere that does not have cell phone service.
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 Lancaster County! I worked for a farm to table cream company through high school and college! 
Family: I have 2 brothers and twin sisters.
Education: I went to Northampton Community College.
What I like most about dentistry: Getting to know people and building a relationship with them through regular visits!
My happy place or favorite getaway: The cabin
Favorite Hobby / Pastime: Reading and hiking
What I love about Pittsburgh: The great places to eat! 
Favorite Restaurant: Chipotle 
Favorite Sports Team: Steelers
Favorite Movie: Nacho Libre
My favorite social media site: Instagram
My Bucket List: To visit Greece
Favorite quote: “Love is larger than the walls which shut it in .” – Corrie ten Boom

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 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 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 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

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, knock.Who’s there? Dishes. Dishes who?Dishes how I talk since I lost my teeth.

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. Zhivago
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 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!!

Joanna

Treatment Coordinator, Registered Dental Assistant

I was born and raised in Santa Ana, California but moved to Pittsburgh this summer 2021.
Family: I come from a big family. I have six other siblings making us a total of 7. I’m number 5.
What I like most about dentistry: The value of a smile. It adds a big value to your confidence when you have a smile you are proud of.
Favorite Hobby/ Pastime: I like to paint and listen to podcasts or audio books.
What I love most about Pittsburgh: The bridges. When I first came, it’s what really got my attention. The views are always great.
Favorite sports team: As a Californian the Angels, but now I’ll be loyal to the Pirates.
Favorite movie: Independence Day
Favorite music: According to Spotify end of the year wrap list: Pop Rock Latin
Favorite app or social media site: Favorite app is between Spotify and YouTube.
Bucket List: Travel, specifically go on a safari to Africa.
Favorite Quote: “It is what it is.”
Favorite dental joke: A dentist will always go to the root of the problem.

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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

Nicole

Pre-Dental Intern

I was born and raised in Bucks County PA.
Education: University of Pittsburgh
What I like most about dentistry: I love that it is truly an art-form where you are able to make an impact on the lives of patients and broader community.
My favorite place or favorite getaway: Exploring local trails and natural parks
Favorite Hobby/Pastime: Painting
What I love about Pittsburgh: I thrive on the cultural scene – whether that be visiting a museum or seeing a new show at the Benedum
Favorite sports team: Philly Sports! 
Favorite restaurant: Noodlehead
Favorite movie: He Bought a Zoo
Favorite music: Alternative
Favorite app or social media site: 1 Second Everyday
My bucket list:   Skydiving
Favorite quote:  “Everything Happens for a Reason”
A random fact: I can speak Russian
Favorite dental joke: What does the dentist of the year get?. . . A little plaque!

Yuna

Pre-Dental Intern

I was born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania when I was nine, and moved here to Pittsburgh this year. I have visited South Korea a few times, because I miss it a lot!
Family: My family is spread out all over the world – USA, South Korea, Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Education: I went to Valley Forge Elementary School, Valley Forge Middle School, Conestoga High School, and am going into my sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. My goal is to apply to dental school to become a dentist!
What I like most about dentistry: From what I can tell so far, dentistry not only treats patients physically but also emotionally. And it contains a perfect blend of art, science, and social-skills.
My happy place or favorite getaway: My happy place is a deep swimming pool.
Favorite hobby/pastime: I love to chill with my two cats (Latte & Choco), swim, play tennis, and water my mini Pinus strobus.
What I love about Pittsburgh:
I do not have much to say about the city yet, because I moved here only a few weeks ago. However, I found late-night drives around campus to be very soothing and pretty!
Favorite Sports Team:
I do not have a favorite sports team, but I am a fan of watching basketball!
Favorite Restaurant:
My mom’s food 🙂
Favorite Movie:
Marvel movies (Avengers, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc.)!!
Favorite Music:
Korean music (Crush, NCT, Junny, EXO, H1ghr Music etc.)
Favorite App: Instagram
My Bucket List:
Becoming a dentist and treating my own family in my own practice.
Favorite Quote: “Teach Me.” – Dr. Strange
A Fun Fact:
I can hold my breath for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds. It depends on the day though!
Favorite Dental Joke: What do dentists call x-rays? Tooth-pics!

Zoe

Cheerful Patient Greeter, Loyal Friend, and Amateur 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