Our Hermitage Dental Team
Patients love our team because we’re open, caring, and people-oriented individuals who are willing to do whatever is necessary to provide proper care and treatment to our patients. Every member of the team was chosen by Dr. Spadafora for education, compassion, and an unyielding commitment to excellence.
Teresa has been with our office since 1998. She started working with Dr. Spadafora while attending high school, and at the time, her duties included front office efficiency and customer service. Since then, Teresa has made an amazing progression to become our office manager. She is highly cross-trained and can assist Dr. Spadafora, as well as perform her front office duties. This has made her a wonderful asset to the office. Teresa has advanced knowledge in handling insurance and scheduling. She also invested in many hours of continuing education to become adept in the clinical aspects of dentistry. Additionally, Teresa is concerned about the well-being of our patients and will do everything possible to make a patient feel comfortable and at ease. She is especially detail-oriented and strives to be a perfectionist! In her spare time, Teresa enjoys motorcycling, boating, and hanging out at her pool with friends and family.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)
Jamie has been with our practice for over 13 years. After graduating from Hickory High School, she worked in Pittsburgh as a lab assistant for her father and attended Youngstown State University. Eventually, she decided to pursue her EFDA certification at Harcum College in Philadelphia. An overachiever, Jamie drove to Philadelphia every week to attend classes for nearly a year. Her commitment to commute across the state for her education was cited in articles in the Harcum College magazine, Patches, as well as a lengthy feature in the Herald. Jamie’s EFDA certification allows her to perform several expanded functions, such as placing fillings. Her artistic nature and attention to detail make her a valuable asset to our office. She has a wonderful demeanor and takes sincere pride in what she does. Jamie resides in Clark, PA with her daughter, Alyssa. She enjoys motherhood and spending time with family and friends. She also likes music, reading, and watching Penn State Football.
Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Youngstown State University with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She earned her EFDA certificate in Florida. Jennifer eventually returned to the Shenango Valley to be closer to friends and family. Upon returning to the area, Jen worked as an assistant, then as a dental hygienist for five years in a specialized periodontal practice. She joined our practice full-time in 2003. Jennifer is routinely praised for her gentleness, thoroughness, and kind nature. Her skills and expertise are some of the best we’ve seen. Jen continues to expand her knowledge in dentistry through many continuing education courses. She and her husband, Chuck, enjoy traveling, sporting events, and spending time with their friends and family.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)
Shelbi has been with our office since 2013. After graduating from Reynolds High School, she attended Theil College and then decided to continue her education at Ross Medical School graduating with a degree in Dental Assisting. She then traveled across the state every week to Harcum College in Philadelphia to pursue her EFDA certification. This certification allows her to perform several expanded functions, such as placing fillings. She is highly motivated, detailed and hard working. Above all she is very caring and makes our patients feel comfortable and at ease. Shelbi enjoys music, the outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Carrie graduated from YSU in 2000 with a degree in Allied Health and Human services with a major in Dental Hygiene. She has worked the last 17 years in different settings that include private practice, hospitals and dental clinics. As well as taking many continuing education classes she also enjoys Community Outreach programs that include local schools and Head Start programs as well as Long Term Care and In-Patient facilities involving developmentally and mentally disabled residents.
Born and raised in Hubbard, Ohio, Carrie still resides there with her two-legged family members, husband Eric and son Eli and four-legged family members – cat, Randall and Golden Retriever, Scarlett. She is an avid reader but loves nothing more than spending time with her family and cheering on her son in all of his activities.
Karen came to us with over 30 years of dental experience. Having lived in northeastern Ohio, Karen returned to the area to care for her parents. Her expertise with computers, insurance, and financials make her a great asset to our patients. She is also cross-trained to assist in clinical dentistry. Karen is excited to be in an office that offers advanced dental care and new technologies. She has one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a precious grandson. Karen enjoys listening to classic rock music and reading. She is a diehard Penn State fan.