701 N. Hermitage Road, Suite 21 | Hermitage, PA 16148 Map & Directions

(724) 981-8421

About the Doctors

Dr. Doug Smith

I love orthodontics because…

Now I get to be the guy who makes people happy. I love what I do, which I know sounds silly, but it’s true. I like Monday as much as Saturday. Orthodontics is very self-rewarding. I work with young people and get to make a difference in their lives just like someone made a difference in mine.

I pride myself on energy, work ethic and knowledge of biomechanics. I really enjoy making teeth move, and over the years, I have fine-tuned many processes to make your experience as effective and efficient as possible. I use the finest materials and proven methods to get quality results. I am a hands-on orthodontist and enjoy overseeing your progress from beginning to end.

At Shenango Valley Orthodontics…

You'll see me bouncing from chair to chair. Usually I am getting that certain look from the staff that I need to quit talking so much and get to work, but I'll be there from beginning to end. You'll see me at virtually every visit.

A little about me…

I was born at Meadville Medical Center and have lived in Saegertown all my life. After graduation in 1981, I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I obtained a biology degree in 1985. Following this, I entered dental school and graduated with my dental degree in 1989. It was during dental school that I met my wife, Deb, in Meadville. We married in 1987, between my second and third year of dental school, and just before graduation, our son, Zack, was born in 1989. After dental school, I did a one-year residency at the Oakland VA hospital in Pittsburgh. I then continued my education back at the University of Pittsburgh. I guess I could not get enough of the place! I finished my Master of Science in Orthodontics in 1993 and subsequently returned to the area I loved. Thereafter, I became certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. In 1994, our second son, Derek, was born. We moved into our current home in 1996. We have an old, painted, Lady Victorian house that we have been working on since then.

While in dental school, Dr. Rich and I became friends. When we both moved to the area, it was easy for our friendship to grow. In November 2002, we formed a partnership and bought Dr. King's office in Hermitage. Later in 2004, we did the same, adding Dr. Stofko's office to our group practice.

I was introduced to the world of orthodontics through baseball! I considered myself the slick fielding shortstop of the minor leagues. However, when I was 9, a baseball hit a rock, and I became the slick fielding shortstop without a front tooth! The dentist tried to re-implant the tooth, which lasted for only a year or two. The tooth knocked out again while I was wrestling with my brother. I then had to wear a flipper until the space was orthodontically treated. Dr. Tesone was the orthodontist in Meadville then, and my experience obviously was awesome. I decided then that my baseball career was officially over, and I wanted to be an orthodontist. I was 12 and put on the blinders, never looked back and set my sights on orthodontics! I have never wanted anything different.

My professional memberships…

American Association of Orthodontists

On this site, you can learn about orthodontists – specialists in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The correction of tooth and jaw alignment results in a healthy, attractive smile that's good for life.
www.braces.org

American Dental Association

The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public's oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement.
www.ada.org

The American Board of Orthodontics

The mission of The American Board of Orthodontics is to establish and maintain the highest standards of clinical excellence in orthodontics.
www.americanboardortho.com


Dr. Rich Ribarevski

I love orthodontics because…

I love to see how things transform. This was an early trait from my fascination with LEGOs and continues today as I watch someone's smile transform. But nothing is as rewarding as watching a patient transform through a sense of confidence, new attitude and excitement when they show their new smile. While this happens all the time with kids, it is especially rewarding with adults who become new people as you see their new smile come with new hair styles and new outfits. I guess smiles just lead to more smiles! Orthodontics is very self-rewarding.

I have always been kind of a geek when it comes to exploring new technologies. It is especially exciting to see orthodontics "embrace" technological advances in computerization, digital imaging, software, metallurgy and robotics. Recently, the SureSmile® system has put all that together and put orthodontics into the 21st century, literally...

You'll see me when...

You come in for your first visit! I want everyone to understand what we set out to do. I'm the person who never gets to sit down. I once heard that Michael Dell never sits… he works at his computer standing. I understand!

A little about me...

I was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania and lived there until my graduation from Jeannette Senior High School in 1982. Next stop was the University of Pittsburgh, where I received a degree in biology and graduated Summa Cum Laude. An early admission to Pitt's Dental School in 1985 allowed me to graduate with my dental degree in 1989. After dental school, I did a one-year General Practice Residency at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Then it was back to Pitt for three years to complete a Master of Science in Orthodontics degree in 1993 and subsequently to venture out into private practice. It was during my final year at Pitt that I met my future wife, Ugti, who was also a dentist who attended Pitt. After graduation, another orthodontist led me to meet Dr. Charles Patton in New Castle. Soon, I became his associate, and after two years, Dr. Patton retired and left me a great practice with a wonderful staff. It was officially mine in August 1995. My wife and I soon started a family. Our first daughter, Arti Anna, was born in 1997, and Anjuli was born in 1999. I became involved with the Lawrence County Dental Society (have been Secretary-Treasurer since 1995... yikes!) and have also served as Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Dental Association's local 9th district for three years. Active participation with the Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists allowed me to reach the presidency during the 2009-2010 year. I am also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and board certified by the American Board of Orthodontists.

In my spare time, it’s all about trains and has been since 6th grade. If I'm not traveling to photograph them, I’m collecting them or running them through the office. In how many offices do you have to duck under the train tracks to enter a room?!

I was introduced to the dental world through my father who was a dental technician and also operated his own lab in our basement. As a young child, I was constantly exposed to all the facets involved in making crowns, dentures and everything else that he made for local dentists. While I developed an early interest in science and chemistry, the idea of going to dental school did not occur to me until my sophomore year in college when I heard about taking the DATs (dental aptitude test). When my mother and I went to meet the Dean of Admissions for my sister who was applying to Pitt's dental hygiene program (of course!), he asked what I was planning. I shrugged my shoulders, but did tell him I had taken the DATs. He checked my score and told me of my great DAT score, and said, “We want you here at Pitt!"

My professional memberships…

American Association of Orthodontists

On this site, you can learn about orthodontists – specialists in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The correction of tooth and jaw alignment results in a healthy, attractive smile that's good for life.
www.braces.org

American Dental Association

The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public's oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement.
www.ada.org

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