Catherine attended Beattie Technical School’s dental assisting program and graduated from North Allegheny High School in 1982. She has been working in the dental field since 1981 and joined our practice in 1991. Catherine worked part-time while she was raising her family, and switched to full time in 2007.
Karen attended the Median School, and graduated from their dental assisting program. She has been working in the dental field since 1985, and has been with our practice since 1991. Karen enjoys her job because she likes meeting new people and interacting with them every day.
Laurie’s orthodontic career began in Boston during her high school years. She has been a patient manager with our practice since 1993. Her many years of experience in the orthodontic field make her an asset to our team. Laurie enjoys being part of such a successful practice!
Norma has worked at our office since 1999. She feels that orthodontics is a truly rewarding career because of the relationships we develop with our patients, as well as being able to make beautiful smiles. She is very proud to be part of an orthodontic practice where patient care and a professional approach is a priority.
Kristen has been our sterilization technician since 1998. She enjoys meeting our patients when she delivers sterile instruments to the clinic. Kristen was married in September, 2007. When she’s not working, she enjoys relaxing and following the Pittsburgh sports teams with her husband. She is an avid Penguins and Penn State football fan as well.
Amanda has been working in the orthodontic field since 1995 and joined our practice in 2000. She feels that this place is terrific! Patients and co-workers are drawn to Amanda’s upbeat personality. She enjoys her job very much and the part that makes it the most fun is her patients!
Christie is a 1996 graduate of Shaler High School. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and finished in 2001 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Although she does not work in that field now, she enjoys the rewarding career of orthodontics. Christie loves being a part of this practice because of the fun, upbeat atmosphere. Christie is happily married with one son. When she is not working at the office, she is busy designing cakes.
Ashley attended Penn State and Bradford Dental, where she earned her degree in dental technology. Working in the dental field had always been her dream. The doctors, staff, and most importantly, the patients make her job in orthodontics worth everything it is.
Hillary graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 2011. She was previously a patient in 2010, and had such a great experience herself that she knew she wanted to work here! Joining the team in 2014, Hillary enjoys working for such a successful practice. The doctors, staff, and most importantly the patients make her job very rewarding!
Ally studied at Bradford School where she graduated with a degree in Specialized Dental Technology. She worked in other areas of the dental field before discovering her love of orthodontics when she joined our practice in February of 2015. Ally’s favorite part of working at GKG Orthodontics is getting to see how happy her patients are when they get to show off their new smile!
Emily attended the dental assisting program at A.W. Beattie Career Center and graduated in 2014 from Hampton High School. Her dental career began in 2014, and she joined GKG Orthodontics in 2015. She loves being a part of our practice because of the amazing doctors and staff, and also because of the positive atmosphere here! Emily believes that orthodontics is a truly rewarding career!
Lisa began working in dentistry in 1985, and after working in all aspects of the dental field, decided that she loved orthodontics the most! We were happy to welcome her into the GKG Orthodontics family in 2016. She works closely with the doctors to create beautiful smiles, helping each patient smile bigger and better! Lisa is married and loves spending time with her family and babies. Her other hobbies include camping and riding motorcycles.
Brittany graduated from Riverside High School in 2007, and entered the dental field in 2015. She has fallen in love with her career from the moment she started. The most rewarding part of working at GKG Orthodontics is not only being able to work with such an amazing staff, but being able to see the beautiful smiles she helps create. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her two beautiful children.
Courtney is a former patient who joined our team in 2017. Although she began her GKG career in the appliance lab, Courtney is now one of our resident Aligner Specialists. When she is not working behind the scenes helping the doctors to design precise treatment plans for our Invisalign patients, Courtney can be found working directly with patients in our clinic. She enjoys being a part of the family atmosphere at GKG and takes great satisfaction in seeing patients finish treatment with more confidence in their smiles. In her free time, Courtney loves attending concerts, sporting events, and surrounding herself with family and friends.
Courtney attended the Bradford School for Dental Assisting and completed her externship at GKG Ortho. It was during her externship that she fell in love with the office environment and knew she wanted to be a part of our team. Courtney truly enjoys the friendliness of each of the doctors and her coworkers and is proud to be a part of a team that truly cares about the well-being of each patient and their families. When Courtney is not at work sharing her kind and compassionate nature, she enjoys spending time with her husband Denis and cuddling with her dog Max and her cat Lily.
Sam experienced first-hand the life changing ability that a new smile can have on a person when her braces were removed in her early twenties. Sam has always wanted to work in an environment where she could have a positive impact on others and play a part in improving an individual's life. Since joining us in January of 2018, you can bet that Sam has been doing just that. Outside of the office, Sam can be found spending time with her husband traveling, watching movies, and visiting family and friends.
Although Rachel began her career training in general dentistry, it wasn't until she was introduced to orthodontics that she knew she had found her true calling in helping people achieve their most beautiful smiles. The positive atmosphere, fun co-workers and doctor excellence are three things Rachel also enjoys about working at GKG Ortho. When not at work, Rachel makes time to explore the outdoors on various camping and hiking excursions.
Julie got to know Drs. Grady, Kastner & Gornick when she was receiving orthodontic treatment at GKG during her adolescent years. Now a graduate of AW Beattie Technical School and North Allegheny High School, Julie is putting her talents to use to provide the same level of excellent care she experienced when she was a patient!
Randy began his career as a lab technician in 1988 and joined our practice in 1997. He fabricates the orthodontic appliances for our practice, including rapid palatal expanders, dual arch expanders, and bionators.
Annette has worked as our in-office lab technician since 1992. She fabricates all of our invisible retainers. Annette feels that this is a great place to work. She has five grown children, four of whom had orthodontic treatment at our office. As a result, they all have beautiful smiles!
Allie attended Beattie Technical School’s dental assisting program and graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 2018. You may not see Allie when you're in the office for an appointment--because like Annette, she is busy behind the scenes fabricating retainers for our patients! When time allows, Allie is always willing to help in all areas of the practice and keeps busy restocking supplies, assisting in the sterilization lab and organizing our storage area.