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Meet Our Residents

Our residents are all dentists who hold a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine). They are learning to specialize in orthodontics under the supervision of expert, experienced orthodontists that are part of the Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics staff. This teaching facility incorporates the latest technology with specialized equipment to provide the highest standard of treatment for patients of all ages.

Alexander (AJ) Cardounel, D.M.D.

AJ was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from Stetson University and Masters Degree in Medical Physiology from Tulane University. He then received his DMD degree from LECOM. AJ Enjoys fishing and playing soccer.

Nicole Crasto, D.D.S.

Born in small-town Ohio, Nicole persued her undergrad and D.D.S. at the University of Dayton and OSU respectively. She married her college sweetheart and moved to Pittsburgh. As Nicole worked as a general dentist, she realized her interest in orthodontics. Dr. Crasto is grateful that dentistry provides her the opportunity to be involved in community service and education.

Justin Darley, D.M.D.

Dr. Darley was born and raised in north central Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree at University of Central Florida, master's degree in biomedical sciences at Barry University in Miami, and his D.M.D. degree at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Darley is an avid fisherman and also enjoys sports, hunting, working out, and spending time with his family and two Labrador retrievers.  

Thibault De Vernejoul

Dr. De Vernejoul was born in France and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree and then Nova Southeastern University for dental school. He loves spending time outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

Cullen Doyle, D.M.D.

Dr. Doyle is a 'born-and-raised Pittsburgher'. He earned his B.S. and D.M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Cullen loves spending time with family, working out, watching and playing sports, finding new music, and playing fetch with his corgi, Lilly!

Victoria Gonzalez, D.M.D.

Dr. Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami Beach, FL. She earned her D.M.D. from the University of FL. Excited to start orthodontic residency, Victoria and her puppy Belly look forward to moving to PA. Dr. Gonzalez enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with he family. 

Mike Jauch, D.M.D.

Dr. Mike Jauch was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida, majoring in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He received his D.M.D. from LECOM and practiced three years as a general dentist before attending SHU for orthodontic residency. Dr. Mike's wife, Emma, is a general dentist in the Greensburg area and the two of them enjoy spending time with their two dogs, watching sports, and fishing.

Mallory Niro, D.M.D.

Dr. Niro is from Cranford, N.J. and attended Rowan University followed by her D.M.D. from Temple University. She enjoys an active life by traveling, cooking and spending quality time with family and her fiance.

Heidi Novak, D.D.S.

Born in An Arbor, Michigan, Heidi pursued her undergraduate and D.D.S at the University of Michigan. She then served in the United States Navy for six years. While on active duty, Dr. Novak complete a one-year advanced education in general dentistry in Norfolk, VA, where she met her husband. She served three years aboard the USS Mesa Verde, then completed her service obligation at the United States Naval Academy. In her free time, Heidi enjoys spending time with her two pups and visiting Disney World any time she can!

Matt Roche, D.M.D.

Dr. Roche received his D.M.D. from LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, FL. When Matt's not studying orthodontics, he enjoys playing video games, running, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Joseph Rodriguez, D.M.D.

Dr. Rodriguez is from Ft. Myers, Florida. He stayed close to home by attending Florida Gulf Coast University then LECOM for his dental degree. He spent 2 years practicing dentistry before returning for his post doctoral studies at SHU for his orthodontic residency. Joe likes to spend time outdoors and spend time with his wife & son.

Samantha Seitz, D.M.D.

Dr. Seitz was born in PA but relocated to Florida. She stayed south in FL and attended Warner University, The University of South Florida & LECOM for all her studies before coming back to PA for her orthodontic residency. Sam likes sports, especially fooball and soccer. She also enjoys travel and time with her fiance & her two dogs.

Amir Shayesteh, D.D.S.

Dr. Shayesteh earned his D.D.S. from Howard University College of Dentistry and graduated top of his class. Amir then attended University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and earned his certificate in Periodontics. He is Board-Certified Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology. He served as an Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Dentistry before returning to PA for his Orthodontic residency at SHU. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Avelina Svititskaya, D.D.S.

Dr. Svititskaya is from New York, where she attended a 7 year joint program, earning her B.S. from Adelphi University, and D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry. She enjoys traveling, nature, and spending time with loved ones.

Joseph Vaughn, D.D.S.

Dr. Vaughn is from Port Lavaca, Texas where he earned is B.S. and M.S. in biology and then his D.D.S. from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. He enjoys the outdoors, biking, fishing and scuba diving.

Michael Weber, D.D.S.

Dr. Weber was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska where he majored in Biochemistry and completed dental school training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr. Weber is very active and loves to watch and play sports. When he is not cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, you will find him enjoying the outdoors.

Parker Wentz, D.D.S.

Dr. Wentz was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas with two brothers, a sister and two wonderful parents! He attended Abilene Christian University for his undergraduate degree in biology and married the love of his life, Haley. Dr. Wentz attended dental school in San Antonio.  He and his wife have a 75 lb. German Shepard and a one year old baby boy to their lives! If there is any alone time, Dr. Wentz enjoys running, snowboarding, reading, and all kinds of sports! He is beyond excited to start this new adventure at SHU Center for Orthodontics!

Morgan Zwickel, D.M.D.

Dr. Zwickel was born and raised in a small town north of Pittsburgh. She received her BS degree in Medical and Agricultural Biotechnology from the University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) and D.M.D. degree from the LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Florida. Morgan enjoys boating, biking, and spending time with her loved ones.