Richard Ruffalo, DMD
Originally from Mt. Washington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ruffalo began his studies at St. Vincent College, earning his bachelor’s degree in Biology. He also studied physiology and received a master’s degree in education. He then taught biology for three years. Dr. Ruffalo’s experience with children primed him for his true calling: pediatric dentistry. He graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, spent two additional years completing his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and taught the dental residency program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for two years. He opened his private practice in 1981.
A devoted member of the pediatric dental community, Dr. Ruffalo stays up-to-date through continuing education and membership with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Dentistry for Children. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Ruffalo and his wife, Linda, have one son, Matthew, and two dogs whose loyal companionship they treasure. Active in the community, Dr. Ruffalo and Linda spend their free hours participating with local cultural-arts events and activities.
Molly E. Lanz, DDS
A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Lanz attended high school at Upper St. Clair before going on to Miami University of Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University Dental School with her Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree, and then served as a contracted pediatric dentist for the US Army from 2002-2005. Before coming to our practice, Molly gained experience working with children and teens at a pediatric dental office in Beaver, Pennsylvania.
Passionate about dentistry and dedicated to excellence, Molly belongs to several professional associations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and she is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Lanz, her husband, and their first child (born in November of 2009) live in Peter’s Township. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Lanz enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Other interests include all things Disney, reading, and family outings.
Priyanka Vaddi, DMD
Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Vaddi began her studies here in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. She then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. In order to further explore dentistry and its specialties, she joined a general practice residency in Brooklyn, NY. There, she discovered her true passion for treating children and special needs patients, and completed a two-year pediatric dental residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Vaddi has since moved back to Pittsburgh to join her husband, James, who recently completed his M.B.A. at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
An active member of the pediatric dental community, Dr. Vaddi keeps her education current and ongoing through continuing education courses and membership with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. She recently became a board-certified pediatric dentist and is thus a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Vaddi and her husband will soon be moving to Mt. Lebanon and are looking forward to exploring the community and all it has to offer.
Courtney P. Uselton, DMD
Dr. Uselton is our newest dentist, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team! As a lifelong Pennsylvanian, she grew up in Canonsburg and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in biological sciences. She attended the university’s dental school, graduated, and continued her education earning her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Florida.
Her associations include the American Student Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Education Association. While in school, she received numerous awards including National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Order of Omega, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and Pennsylvania National Scholar.
Away from the office, Dr. Uselton is big into fitness, especially running and yoga. She also loves cooking and gardening. She’s a huge Pittsburgh sports fan, too. On September 21st, 2014, she welcomed her first child, Owen James Uselton. She also has two furry children, Niko and Remy, who fit the yappy stereotype for yorkie-poodle mixes.