Thomas Family Dentistry

Meet the Team at 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, but we also ensure that our team is compassionate and friendly, so you feel comfortable while you are with us.

What Set's Us Apart

Besides compassion and a genuinely friendly demeanor, we offer experience, which can make all the difference. 

You'll find two full-time dentists in our dental office with almost two decades of experience between them. Our dentists in Hermitage, PA also keep up on the latest advances in dentistry and work to bring the newest innovations and techniques to our patients. 

Additionally, we offer advanced services to help patients keep their dental treatments in the same location. Besides preventive and general dentistry, we offer advanced cosmetic treatment, BOTOX, snap-on smiles, dental implants, and even custom nightguards to protect your smile during sleep. 

Our dentists value your time and provide evening hours for your convenience. This means you'll not have to leave work early or miss dinner to get the dental care you need. 

Please take a moment to read our biographies below to learn a little about us, and rest assured that we are very excited to meet you!

Thomas Family Dentistry Staff in Hermitage PA

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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 U.S. Navy and Pennsylvania National Guard for 21 years before retiring from service in January 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 also a currently an active member member of:

  • Academy of General Dentistry, where she received the Fellowship Award
  • Mercer County Dental Society
  • 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 who 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 who 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 who make all of this happen!"

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

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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 has brought all of these amazing skills to our Hermitage, PA dental practice since 2013!

Dr. Peters is an active member in:

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • Mercer County Dental Society, President

When Dr. Peters is enjoying her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, Josh, and their sons, Thomas and Andrew! She and her husband also enjoy attending country concerts and Pittsburgh sporting events, outdoor adventures and exploring new biking trails.

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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. Leia lives locally 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.

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Dental Hygienist

After attending Sharpsville High School, Nicole graduated from Choffin Career and Technical Center in 2013 where she earned her certified dental assisting certification. After working in dentistry as an assistant, Nicole decided to continue her education in the dental field by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at Youngstown State University in 2017. Nicole joined us in the summer of 2021 and has been a great member of the team!

“I love getting to know our patients and helping them with their oral health. The staff at Thomas Family Dentistry are so much fun to work along side with!”

When Nicole is not improving our patients’ smiles, you will find her cooking and spending time outdoors with family and friends. She loves quality time with her husband Brad, their daughter Mia and their lab, Uggz!

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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.

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Certified Dental Assistant/EFDA

Jessica is a local graduate of Mercer High School's class of 2013. After high school, she went on to Choffin Career and Technical Center's Dental Assisting Program in Youngstown, Ohio. Since graduating in 2016 as a Certified Dental Assistant, Jessica has worked for St. E's Dental Clinic in Youngstown and in oral surgery down in Pittsburgh for the next few years. Jessica was hired with us in June of 2018 and has already become a great asset to our office. Since then, she has completed EFDA training through Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center, allowing her to do fillings in our office!


"What I love most about my job is seeing the change in patients' confidence when they are finally happy with their smile! I'm also very fortunate to be surrounded by  such positive and well educated co-workers!"


Outside of Thomas Family Dentistry, you'll find Jess at the gym, being outdoors, spending time with her family, friends and the best doggo ever, Thor!

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Certified Dental Assistant/Receptionist

Megan Davis is one of our certified dental assistants. She grew up in Transfer, PA where she attended Reynolds Jr. Sr. High School, graduating in 2012. She then sought her dental assisting certificate and graduated with honors from Choffin Career and Technical Center in 2013.

Joining us in 2013, Megan has brought her talents with her to our Hermitage, PA dental office. You may see Megan at the front desk or working in the clinical rooms. She is trained in both areas of the office allowing her to answer more questions and help with the overall flow of the office.

"I love getting to know our patients and seeing the difference we make in their smiles! I also enjoy having fun and making memories with my work family!"

Outside of the office Megan loves spending time with her husband, Tommy and their son and daughter, Logan and Laken! You can also find her visiting family and friends, cooking, painting and playing with her two dogs, Mika and Kain. 

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Dental Assistant

After graduating from Reynolds Jr. Sr. High School, Wendy attended Slippery Rock University earning a degree in Exercise Science. She previously worked in Orthodontics as a Certified Orthodontic Assistant for 7 years. Since joining us in 2021, Wendy’s friendly personality and previous experience has made her a great addition to our Thomas Family Dentistry team.

“I love working in dentistry and helping patients improve their smiles! The Thomas Family Dentistry team is so much fun!”

Outside of the office you can find Wendy kayaking, hiking and shopping with family. She loves spending time with her husband Pete, their son Hayden, and their daughters Ava and Evangeline. She also has a love for her animals, a golden retriever named Winston and a bunny named Oreo.







Dental Assistant

After attending High School, Racheal trained to become a Dental Assistant through Ross Medical Education Center. Racheal has brought her positive attitude and talents with her to our office and has been a team member since Summer of 2020.

“I love working with my coworkers and the doctors! I enjoy watching patients leave with a smile!”

When Racheal is not helping improve smiles, she can be found spending time with her son. She loves spending time outdoors.

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Shanequa was born and raised in our very own Hermitage, PA her whole life where she currently resides. Shanequa has her bachelors degree in human resource management from Geneva College. Though she is new to our team starting in 2018, she has already made our office like home. Shanequa has worked with insurance for several years and has always enjoyed meeting new patients. 

As our front desk attendant, it is Shanequa'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 this office because I was welcomed as family from the very beginning, Thomas Family Dentistry is like a family and always makes me feel at home, even though I'm at work!"

Outside of work, you can find Shanequa shopping or singing karaoke!

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Samantha joined our team early 2020. She graduated high school from Brookfield, Ohio. Since graduation, Samantha has held multiple business management positions in the area. She is such a great asset and has contributed so much to our practice already!

"What I love most about my job is meeting all of our wonderful patients. I love being from the area and seeing people I haven't seen in a long time! Coming to work everyday is easy because my coworkers are so awesome and make each day enjoyable!"

In Samantha's free time, you will find her playing with her pups Basil & Captain, reading a book, hanging with her hubby or camping. 

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Our Doctors

Dr. Deanna Thomas, DMD, FAGD and Dr. Noelle Peters, DMD

Group of dental hygienists at Thomas Family Dentistry in Hermitage PA

Our Hygienists

Nikki, Jen and Leia

Our Assistants in Thomas Family Dentist Hermitage PA

Our Assistants

Jessie, Wendy and Lindsay

Receptionists in Thomas Family Dentist Hermitage PA

Our Receptionists

Samantha, Megan and Shanequa

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