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.
Courtney P. Uselton, DMD
Dr. Uselton grew up in Midway, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. While at the university, she was an active member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where she was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon honors fraternity. She earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry at the University of Florida in Naples. She is board-certified in her field, making her a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
She is a part-time clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She is an active board member of the Pitt Dental Alumni Association.
Her associations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Northeastern Society of Pediatric Dentists and College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Her publications include “Fluoridated Community Water Knowledge and Opinion Among Hispanic Parents in Southwest Florida” and “Corpus Callosum Shape is Altered in Individuals with Non-Syndromic Cleft Lip and Palate”.
Outside of the office, Dr. Uselton loves to cook, garden and stay active with her family. She resides in North Strabane township with her husband, two sons, and two yorkie-poos.
Gail Kim, DMD
Dr. Kim grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a biological sciences degree in 2012. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in 2016 where she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
She received her pediatric dental certificate and a Master of Science in Dentistry degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry. Her master’s thesis was on the impact of sensory adapted dental environment on children with developmental disabilities. She is a part-time clinical associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the Center for Patients with Special Needs.
Dr. Kim’s work has been inspired by long years of interacting with children with disabilities, working as a recreational assistant at a rehabilitation center, and volunteering at the Special Olympic Games. She enjoys pencil drawing and watercolor painting. She also enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling. She is excited to return to her hometown and to serve this wonderful community.
Jessie Hoffman, DMD
Dr. Jessie grew up in Wexford, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She earned her dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2010, where she graduated in the top three of her class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. While in dental school, she found her passion in pediatric dentistry, particularly in providing care for underserved children. She co-founded a student-run free pediatric dental clinic and performed research published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry, investigating access to care issues for children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Jessie completed her pediatric dental residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she acted as chief resident. She also earned a Master of Science in dentistry from The Ohio State University. Dr. Jessie is board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association® and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jessie has been in private practice in the Pittsburgh area for over five years, as well as teaching part time as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Jessie is the mother of three children and spends much of her free time with their large extended family when she is not at T-ball games or dance lessons or working on their many renovation projects on their home in Bradford Woods.