Our Team

Thomas Family Dentistry

Our team strives to make each dental appointment a positive experience.

Not only do we hire team members with outstanding professional skills, we also ensure that our team is compassionate and friendly so you feel comfortable while you are with us. Please take a moment to read our biographies and learn a little about us, and rest assured that we are very excited to meet you!

 

Meet Our Team

Deanna Thomas, DMD, FAGD

 Deanna Thomas, DMD, FAGD

Deanna Thomas, DMD, graduated from Penn State University with her BS before going on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for her dental degree. Dr. Thomas went on to serve in the Unites States Navy and Pennsylvania National Guard for 21 years before retiring from service in January of 2016.

Passionate about continuing education, Dr. Thomas attended the Kellogg Executive Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.

During her service, Dr. Thomas began her dental practice in 2003 here in Hermitage. She is a School Board Director in the Sharpsville Area School District. She is also a current member of:

  • Academy of General Dentistry, where she received the Fellowship Award
  • Mercer County Dental Society, President
  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association

I am experienced and confident in providing patients with dental care that makes them look and feel their best!

I enjoy being able to offer dental care to those that could not otherwise afford it because I know that patients cannot be completely healthy without the proper oral care.

We provide education and training to others that are interested in the dental profession and consistently mentor others in dentistry.

Staying current is important. We incorporate the latest technology in the practice allowing us to provide the best care available to our patients. 

We are very fortunate to have some of the must colorful, fun, supportive and understanding patients.  I also appreciate that we have an awesome team of professionals that make all of this happen! 

When relaxing, Dr. Thomas enjoys photography, scuba diving, tech exploration, maps, and fitness.

Noelle Peters, DMD

 Noelle Peters, DMD

Dr. Noelle Peters earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Biology with a Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and completed a one-year residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio with advanced training in oral maxillofacial surgery, implantology, endodontics, and dental trauma.

After Dr. Peters completed her residency, she worked in a private practice in Mercer, PA before joining our team.

I love getting to know our patients personally and meeting new ones. I enjoy helping people overcome their dental fears and learn to love their smile again.

Working alongside Dr. Thomas and our team makes every day fun!

She brings all of these amazing skills to our Hermitage, PA dental practice and joined us two years ago!

Dr. Peters is an active member in:

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of General Dentistry

When Dr. Peters is enjoying her free time, you can find her attending country concerts with her husband, Josh, and cheering on all of the Pittsburgh teams! She and her husband also enjoy outdoor adventures and exploring new biking trails.

Laurie Leslie - Dental Assistant/Lab Technician

 Laurie Leslie - Dental Assistant/Lab Technician

Laurie brings over 30 years of experience to Thomas Family Dentistry and learned her skills with on-the-job training first in an orthodontic practice, then in endodontics and oral surgery. She is originally from New Wilmington, PA and loves to cook, sew, work with stained glass, painting, gardening, and crafting.

I love our wonderful patients and enjoy catching up with them on their visits. I am also glad they don’t seem to mind my singing! I enjoy coming to work and doing a good service for people. It is a different experience every day and it doesn’t feel like work to me. I love my coworkers and enjoy my time with them at work and also the fun we have on outings as a group

As an artist, Laurie loves working with her hands. She also loves working with all different types of people and learning something new every day.

 

Leia Lazor-Parrish - Dental Hygienist

 Leia Lazor-Parrish - Dental Hygienist

Leia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989. She has practiced dental hygiene in both general dentistry and periodontal practices in Virginia, California and Pennsylvania. 

I have been practicing dental hygiene at Thomas Family Dentistry since 2008. I love coming to the office every day and working in such a state of the art facility with dentists that truly care about the treatment they provide, and are excellent at what they do. I look forward to each day with my patients and love to mix in fun with our treatment and education. Our patients are not just patients, they are our friends.

Leia is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and has held positions at the state and local levels.  She relocated to the Shenango Valley from California in 2000 and resides in Sharpsville with her two children, Alexa and Madison.  

She enjoys working every day with wonderful patients, biking, hiking, spending time outdoors and enjoying quality time with her children and animals.

Megan Miller - Certified Dental Assistant

 Megan Miller - Certified Dental Assistant

Megan Miller is one of our Certified Dental Assistants and grew up in Transfer, Pennsylvania where she attended Reynolds High School, graduating in 2012. She then sought her dental assisting certificate and graduated with honors from Choffin Career and Technical School in 2013.

Joining us three years ago, Megan has brought her talents with her to our Hermitage, PA dental office. 

I love getting to meet new people and talking to patients. I also love seeing the difference we make in our patients’ smiles.

You will find Megan cooking, and painting when she is away from the office. She also enjoys cheering and coaching her sisters in softball.

Shelby Pontera - Dental Hygienist/EFDA

 Shelby Pontera - Dental Hygienist/EFDA

Shelby, who originally comes from West Middlesex, PA, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Youngstown State University where she graduated with honors and was on the dean’s list.

Shelby joined us in the summer of 2016 and though she is new to our practice, she has already become a valuable part of our team.

What I love most about dental hygiene is making patients feel more confident in their smiles, so that they are not afraid to share it with others! I also feel passionately about educating patients about the relationship between oral health and overall health.

When Shelby is not improving our patients’ smiles, you will find her running, eating, being outdoors, and playing with her Chihuahua, Vincenzo.

Amy Fitzgerald - Receptionist

 Amy Fitzgerald - Receptionist

Amy joined us a year ago and originally comes from Sharpsville, PA. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Youngstown State University. She is often the first person you will see when you walk into the office!

I love being a part of something larger that makes a difference in people’s lives. Our dentists and team genuinely care about their work and our patients. My co-workers are a pleasure to work with and make my job enjoyable.

In Amy’s free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, Dennis, and three daughters, Brittany, Breanna, and Bridget. They enjoy travelling, camping, horseback riding, and visiting the beach.

Joseph Benes - Dental Assistant

 Joseph Benes - Dental Assistant

Joseph is new to our practice and originally comes from Transfer, PA. He attended the University of Akron and joined our team, bringing his dental assisting skills and education as a huge benefit to our team! Joe received his B.S. in Biology and has completed one-year of post baccalaureate education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Joe is currently in the process of applying to a doctoral program in dentistry.

What I love most about my job is being able to come to work every day and serve the people of our community by improving their oral health.

Being an integral part of people’s lives is an incredible feeling. The best part of my profession is serving people with honesty and integrity so they can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles.

When Joseph is away from the office, he likes to get outside and enjoy nature. You can find him outside during any season doing everything from fishing, camping, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. 

Jennifer Jackson - Dental Hygienist

 Jennifer Jackson - Dental Hygienist

Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Youngstown State University with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She earned her EFDA certificate in Florida. 
We are lucky that Jennifer has been with us for 12 years.

I love being a dental hygienist and working with people of all ages! My coworkers are some of the most compassionate and professional people I know. 

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. 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, family and their dogs.

Jo Braatz - Office Manager

 Jo Braatz - Office Manager

Jo is from New Castle, PA and has worked in dentistry for over 40 years. She has worked with Dr. Thomas for more than ten years and has developed long-term relationships with our patients. Jo enjoys working with our dentists and co-workers, but especially loves meeting and getting to know our patients.

As our office manager, it is Jo’s job to make sure the day-to-day operations of our dental office run smoothly so that your appointment is the best possible!

I love being part of a team that laughs and sings all day long! (Don’t quit your day job girls!!)

When Jo is relaxing, you can find her reading, cooking, spending time with her family, and gardening.