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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.

Christopher Cortopassi, D.M.D.

Dr. Cortopassi was born and raised in Wheaton, IL. He attended the University of Dayton for an undergraduate degree in Biology and played football there as well. He attended Midwestern University for Dental School, receiving his D.M.D. He recently married the love of his life, Katelyn, in April 2021. In his free time Dr. Cortopassi likes to bike, golf, read, and explore new restaurants. 

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.

Brett Crell, D.D.S.

Dr. Crell was born and raised just outside Philadelphia. He has lived and worked in Texas after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Finance, Economics and International Business. He earned his D.D.S. from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Crell is passionate about patient care, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. 

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!

Christy Dunham, D.M.D.

Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Dr. Dunham received her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and her D.M.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University. She likes being active and playing sports, especially volleyball and tennis. Additionally, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

Monica Gandhi, D.M.D.

Dr. Gandhi is from Florida. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she earned her bachelors in biology. Later she received her D.M.D. from Roseman University of Health Sciences, in South Jordan, UT. She recently completed a one-year advanced education in general dentistry at the University of Detroit Mercy. In her off time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, golf, traveling, and listening to music. 

Alexis Ghadami, D.D.S.

Dr. Ghadami is from New York, where she attended a 7-year joint program, earning her B.S. from Adelphi University. She completed her dental school training at New York University College of Dentistry. Alexis loves traveling, baking, biking on her Peloton, and spending time with family. 

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. 

Katherine Hilton, D.D.M.

A native of south-central Pennsylvania, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degrees from Duquesne University, she then received her Doctor of Dental Medicine and Masters in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. With a strong interest in dental education and community outreach, Dr. Hilton aspires to provide empathetic and compassionate care to her patients. In her spare time, Dr. Hilton enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and 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.

Emily Katz, D.M.D.

Dr. Katz received her B.S. degree from the University of Florida and her D.M.D. from LECOM School of Dental Medicine in FL. Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, she is very excited to be back in PA to enjoy the seasons and study Orthodontics! In addition to traveling and trying new foods, she enjoys exercising and spending time with loved ones and her mini goldendoodle, Arlo. 

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!

Stephanie Quinn, D.D.S.

Dr. Quinn was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of Miami followed by her D.D.S. from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. In her free time, Stephanie lives an active life spent with family and friends. 

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!

Annika Wessel, D.M.D.

Born and raised in Drums, PA, she received her B.S. in Biomathematics and Biology from the University of Scranton with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Wessel received her D.M.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She enjoys traveling (pre-covid), hiking, and exploring new places/ restaurants around the world! A huge animal lover, she grew up with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and peacocks on the family farm back home. 

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.