As Director of Finance and Operations, Maryellen wears many hats behind the scenes at Pi. In addition to being responsible for company finances, she also oversees all aspects of our dental center operations. Maryellen grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from LaSalle University. She joined the Pi team in 2006 and continues to be amazed at the transformation that occurs in not only a patient’s appearance, but personality and lives, when their smiles are restored and healthy! When not in her office at Pi, Maryellen keeps busy enjoying time with family and friends, reading, visiting antique and salvage stores for her next project, and fostering dogs as a volunteer for a local rescue.
Linda came to Pi Dental Center in 2009 as Executive Secretary to provide administrative support for the Pi doctors. Having worked in a number of business environments over the years, she brings a wealth of administrative experience and organization to the team. “Since this is the first opportunity I have had to work in a clinical setting, it is very impressive to witness the level of expertise and care that the Pi doctors and staff provide to our patients.” In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing home improvement projects, reading and gardening.
Sandy has been a part of the Pi Family since 2002 as Sterilization Coordinator. She has in-depth knowledge of clinical sterilization practices and maintains instruments. Her ultimate goal is achieving efficiency while providing quality care with patient and provider satisfaction. As an auxiliary member of the implant surgical team, Sandy is committed to the patient’s improvement that occurs as part of the Pi experience. She is our “Go-To-Team Member” and helps keep the Pi clinical staff running smoothly. Sandy is a proud Philadelphia -area native and graduated from St. Hubert’s School for Girls. Prior to joining Pi, she enjoyed hands-on positions in the manufacturing and printing industries. In her spare time, she volunteers with Special Olympics of Warrington, coaching participants on improving their bowling game, and can’t resist the occasional urge for a shoe shopping spree!
As Pi’s Insurance Administrator, Kathy has devoted 25 years’ experience to helping patients’ maximize their insurance benefits. Kathy hales from the Philly burbs. She grew up in Rockledge, graduating from St. Hubert’s High School and Taylor. Kathy joined Pi and the front desk team in 1991 where she remains amazed at the change the smile can make in people’s lives. When not at the front desk, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren and likes to read, cook, dine out and remodel her home.
Amy joined the Pi team in 2013 as a Certified Dental Assistant with 15 years’ experience. In addition to dental assisting, Amy fills the role of Assistant Clinical Manager. The most rewarding aspects of working at Pi are being a part of changing people’s lives by remaking their smiles and working with some of the most talented doctors in the profession. When not in the office, Amy loves making memories with her husband and children by going to the beach, camping, attending sporting events and just being together!
Julia became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1995 after graduating summa cum laude from Manor College and has spent her entire career here at Pi Dental! She is a member of the ADHA (American Dental Hygienist Association), PDHA(Pennsylvanian Dental Hygienist Association) and Who’s Who of America. Her professional calling is to serve people and develop lasting relationships by promoting health and wellness while delivering professional dental hygiene care. She was born and raised in Chernovtsy, Ukraine. When not at Pi, she can be found volunteering at her children’s school or on a tennis court. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and cooking.
While everyone at Pi Dental knows her as Shirley, her given name is Aracelis. Shirley wears many “hats” here at Pi. Hired in October of 1989 as a chairside Dental Assistant, she has been entrusted with many other titles over her 25+ years. Purchasing the office and dental supplies as well as the office and dental equipment are her primary tasks, which she enjoys tremendously and takes very seriously. She shops diligently ensuring practice dollars are spent wisely on quality products. In her many years at Pi, she’s seen faces come and go but is happy to say she loves the people she works with. Married since 1976, she has 4 grown children and 12 grandchildren. Shirley’s family is quite international adding some spice to her life with “never a dull moment” as their motto. Her favorite hobbies are reading and gardening. For Shirley, gardening is therapy! She loves travelling to see her Italian and Hungarian grandchildren. She is grateful for Skype and technology that keeps her close to her loved ones here in Pennsylvania as well as abroad.
Pat has held several positions at Pi including chair side assistant, front desk manager and her current position as the Director of Patient Relations. She is an EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) and began her career in a general dental practice. That experience and advanced training led her to seek a more challenging opportunity with Dr. Balshi over 25 years ago. Most of Pat’s time is happily spent in the business office with patients discussing treatment options to help them achieve their dental goals. “Since we all know money doesn’t grow on trees, it is my job to explain financing options so treatment can be staged to meet one’s budget. Our patients go through life changing transformations; it is our responsibility to make them as comfortable as possible so they return to Pi for many years to come. These folks become our extended family and it is always a pleasure to welcome them back for regular checkups, see them doing so well and catch up.” Those who know her best will tell you that Pat is just as passionate about her family including her husband of over 33 years and two grown sons. They share their comfortable home with their rescue dog, a Pit Bull who steals all of their hearts!
Dolly is a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) who joined the Pi team in 2013. With 20+ years of clinical experience, Dolly provides post-surgical oral hygiene evaluations on many of our patients. She gets to appreciate the patient’s new smile with them as they share their journey that brought them to Pi Dental. Dolly also administers the ZOOM tooth whitening procedure with patients. She earned her degree at Community College Of Philadelphia and has been practicing clinical hygiene ever since. Out of the office, you will find her on the baseball field, basketball court or at the beach with her family and friends.
Mini is a Patient Relations Representative at Pi Dental Center. She recently joined the Pi Team seeking a career change in health care. Her goal is to help patients feel better and she loves her interaction with them. Mini operated her own housekeeping service for fifteen years. She is also a food server at Al Maison Bistro in Ardmore. Her husband and four wonderful daughters are her first passion and in her free time, she enjoys shopping with the girls. She also enjoys evenings with good friends, good food and good wine.
We are pleased to announce that Nancy Gausz has joined Pi Dental Center as a Master Ceramist and Dental Technician. Nancy has worked in the Dental Technology field for over 30 years and is excited by the ever-evolving role of the dental ceramist. During the last decade outstanding advances in the development of CAD/ CAM for digital dentistry. Nancy enjoys her position as in-house ceramist at Pi Dental Center. Working directly with the doctors and staff to bring the best results in ceramic restorations, including chairside custom shading, and providing extra care and convenience to the patient. She hopes to continue to learn, grow and change with the wave of new technologies. In her free time, Nancy enjoys reading as well as creating wire wrapped jewelry pieces and costume jewelry redesign. She is mom to two grown children and resides in Bucks County, Pa.
Chris joined Pi Dental Center in 1987, just four months after the grand opening. As computer specialist, she has worked with the doctors and staff in transitioning the office from pen and paper to high tech computer technology and digital applications. Chris manages Pi Dental Center’s computer hardware, software, x-ray, CAT scan and photo equipment. Her responsibilities include web site design and maintenance, email newsletter and blog publications, computer graphics and database maintenance. Chris is inspired by the revolutionary dental technology and doctor’s skill that enables Pi Dental Center to give patients new smiles and brighter lives. Three of Chris’s objectives for the Pi computer department are to ensure security and accuracy of patient data, simplicity of computer operations, and clarity of digital communications. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council and the Philadelphia Area Computer Society.
Connie is one of our four Registered Dental Hygienists. She is a member of the PDHA and ADHA. She has been part of the PI family as an employee since 2000 but has been part of the family as a patient since 1976. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Montgomery County Community College with an Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene. She decided to change fields and pursue a career as a dental hygienist after spending seventeen years as a computer programmer. Connie wanted a career to help people understand why oral care is important to their overall health. She learned this philosophy from being a long-term patient at PI. She also enjoys working with a great team where everyone agrees, “the patient comes first.”
Andrea joined the Pi team in 2004 as a chair side assistant. In 2009, she earned her CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant) license. Andrea is an integral part of the surgical team assisting with the Teeth in a Day procedures. She also is the office’s OSHA Coordinator. She served as a coach for competitive cheerleading teams for many years and later coached at Germantown Academy High School. Besides dentistry, her loves in life are her two wonderful children and her husband. The family love nature, crafts, art and exploring everything in life the Creator can offer.
Daryl joined the Pi team in 1992 shortly after graduating Manor College. She is a Pennsylvania State Board certified EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant). Daryl enjoys all aspects of working on patients from their initial new patient exam, general dental procedures, implant surgery to full reconstruction of their entire mouths. In her free time, she likes to work out and spend time with her two daughters and husband. Happy Hour with her close friends is a weekly routine. This helps to create the perfect balance for work and play!
Becky graduated from Manor College hygiene school in 2005 and has been with Pi ever since! She is a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) and also has a bachelor degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Becky worked in a dental office all thru high school and her love for patients and passion for all things teeth, sent her on an educational and career path in the dental world. When Becky isn’t at the office, her two young children keep her very busy with their hectic schedules. In any remaining spare time, she can be found in the gym. She is an avid gym enthusiast and fitness instructor. She believes that full body wellness starts with good nutrition and exercise…. and, of course, flossing every day!
As the Chief Technician of Pi’s In-house Lab, Toni stays very busy making sure all our patients’ smiles are just right. She joined the Pi team in 1987 and has been helping to change people’s lives through their smiles ever since. Toni grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Penn State Ogontz campus and graduated from Lyons Technical Institute Dental Lab Technology Program in 1986. In her spare time, Toni loves spending quality time with her granddaughter.
Martha was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States in 2000. She graduated from Temple University with a degree in Marketing. Martha joined the Pi clinical team in 2005 and since January, 2014 has been the Clinical Director. As Clinical Director, Martha oversees all clinical operations and continues chair-side assisting. She has enjoyed seeing several patients’ life changing experiences when their smile and oral health have been restored. During her free time, Martha enjoys spending quality time with her two little daughters and her husband.