Dental Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
Progressive Dental Solutions - Dental Staff
Our experienced and personable administrative and clinical staff provide caring, thorough, detail-oriented professional services to better and more comfortably serve you and your dental needs. All of our professionals at Progressive Dental Solutions maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in general dentistry and dental sleep medicine.
Michael F. Hnat D.M.D.
Dentist in Pittsburgh, PAProgressive Dental Solutions
Dr. Michael Hnat is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has been in private practice for over thirty years.He serves as Dental Director of Progressive Dental Solutions-a nationally accredited dental sleep medicine facility- in addition to his general dental practice. Dr. Hnat dedicates a regular part of his clinical practice to oral appliance therapy and use of a Dental Laser. He has advanced education and training for the use of specialty oral appliances for the treatment of snoring,sleep apnea , TMJ (jaw joint) disorders and facial muscle pain as well as the use of a Diode Laser - for soft tissue dental procedures.He has received training from leaders in the field of TMJ disorders on the most current techniques of joint injections for non-surgical correction of damaged joint ligaments and dislocated discs. Dr.Hnat is credentialed by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and has standard proficiency certification for the diode laser from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He maintains active memberships in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM),the Academy of Laser Dentistry and and the American Academy of CranioFacial Pain and currently serves on the Health Policy Education committee of the AADSM.. As a member of the Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association - he is part of a national group of dentists skilled in providing oral appliances for TMJ and sleep apnea therapy. Dr Hnat speaks locally to community and civic groups on sleep apnea awareness and lectures nationally and internationally to dentists,dental students, residents and other health care professionals on dental sleep medicine and the use of oral sleep appliance therapy for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. He is a guest lecturer for the continuing education departments of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. Most recently Dr Hnat was the keynote speaker at the Norwegian Sleep Symposium in Oslo,Norway. His passion in the field of dental sleep medicine is quite apparent in the standard of care delivered to his sleep patients and his lectures.
Kim is a a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport,PA. and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has over 20 years experience in the field and is always expanding her knowledge with numerous continuing education. Kim is extremely passionate about patient education and motivating her patients towards excellent oral health
Michelle is a graduate of West Liberty State College Dental Hygiene program. Her twenty plus years of dental experience between front office administration,chairside assisting as well as dental hygiene have made her the office multi-tasker capable of handling all areas of our operation. Her continuing education has provided her with advanced skills in the periodontal care of our patients and she is noticeably passionate in her desire to deliver comfortable and optimal care to all. Michelle is additionally trained to complete the patented Deep Bleaching-Kor Whitening™ procedure on our patients.
Tammy-Clinical Assistant for Dental Sleep Medicine
Tammy is a graduate of California U of PA with a B.S. degree in social work . Her obvious empathy towards patients is a product of her college education . She has ten years experience as a chairside assistant and holds certifications in xray and CPR. Tammy is the OSHA and HIPAA compliance officer for the practice responsible for educating and maintaining the safety and security of our patients and employees.She is also the educational supervisor for students who complete externships at our office as part of their dental training programs. Tammy serves as the clinical assistant for the treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea and is trained and certified in the use of diagnostic airway testing technology and portable home sleep testing devices used at our office in the treatment of these patients. Her expertise with this technology gives her the opportunity to go beyond our office to train other dental office staffs on the education and use of this equipment.
Thomas (TJ)-Expanded Function General Dental Assistant
TJ is a graduate of the Expanded Function Dental Assisting program at the Bradford School. After completing two externships in our office while completing his schooling he has assumed duties as a general dental assistant in the office. He also handles clinical assisting with our TMJ patients as well as construction of various oral appliances to help these patients.
Bonnie-Front Office Dental Services Administration
Friendly, caring and helpful is the voice on the phone that belongs to Bonnie . With over thirty years experience in dental front office administration she has seen and done it all. Bonnie also is the billing, insurance and financing coordinator.
Leah- Clinical Assistant for Dental Sleep Medicine
Leah is a graduate of the Expanded Function Dental Assisting program at the Bradford School. She has over seven years of diversified dental assisting experience that has prepared her well to excel in her role as a clinical sleep assistant and holds certifications in CPR and xray.
Barb- Front Office Medical Services Administration
Barb had worked a dozen years in the general insurance field before joining our team. She has successfully made the transition to handle the complex tasks of verifying medical insurance coverage for oral appliances for our sleep apnea,TMJ and headache patients and electronic claims submissions for these services. She also handles all necessary correspondence with physician offices and sleep labs in the care of our sleep appliance and TMJ patients.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Hygiene, Rachael has over eighteen years of service in the Hygiene field including experience with Laser tissue treatment and has special training and certification to administer local anesthesia. Over the years she has also implemented protocol for the treatment of periodontal disease for the hygiene staff and trained staff on the use of digital xrays.Well versed in computer technology for dental front office administration Rachael has setup and oversees electronic claims submission at our office.
Linda- Clincal Assistant for Dental Sleep Medicine
Linda is the most recent addition to our dental sleep medicine team. She has over fifteen years experience in general dentistry as a chairside assistant that has prepared her to easily transition to her new role with us. She holds CPR and xray certifications.