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.
Michael Ledonne, DDS
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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.
Azadeh Rezaie, DMD
My name is Azadeh Rezaie, and everybody calls me Dr. Azi as easiest that they can say. I am funny sometimes, singing for my patients, and making stories. I love my job and to be surrounded by children; because they make me happy and more energetic. My practice philosophy includes taking the extra time to get to know each and every one of my patients and making each experience a fun and positive one.
Dr. Rezaie earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Following dental school, she practiced General Dentistry with the focus on children and adolescents for two years, when she realized her true passion was in pediatric Dentistry. She then completed her Pediatric Dentistry training at University of Pittsburgh. During her training, she had the opportunity to work with medically compromised patients and those with special needs. She is trained in all aspects of Pediatric Dentistry, including general anesthesia, sedation and behavior management. She is passionate about ensuring children receive a positive experience whenever they see a dentist, so they can grow up with healthy smiles and all knowledge needed to maintain healthy teeth.
She is a dedicated dentist who is committed to providing her patients with high quality dental care. Dr. Rezaie is very approachable and easy to talk to, as she feels it is vital for patients to receive dental care in a friendly and comfortable environment. She takes the time to listen to patients and their parents’ concern, discuss all possible treatment plans, to gain a better understanding of their dental needs, and providing dental care that is truly customized.
In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, and catch up with friends and family.
Jack Louie, DDS
Dr. Jack Louie grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He returned home to receive his dental degree at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He then completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at a VA Hospital and worked in general dentistry before realizing his true calling is for the pediatric population. He continued his training at the NYU Langone pediatric residency in Western Massachusetts where he gained experience in children’s growth and development, sedation techniques and care for the special needs population.
He is currently board eligible and is studying to become Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry later this year. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
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.