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| Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002

Dr. Susan Petruska

  • Residence: Mt. Lebanon

  • Age: 39

  • Family: Husband, Joe; daughters, Karrah, 12, and Elise, 5; and son, Joe, 15

  • Education: Bachelor's and dentistry degrees, University of Pittsburgh

  • Noteworthy: One of the premier cosmetic dentists in the region, Petruska, of Esthetic Dentistry in Bethel Park, won gold, silver and bronze awards in the annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry National Smile Gallery 2002 competition for outstanding skill in cosmetic dentistry procedures. She also received the Clinical Faculty Award and the Glugsmith Award for Excellence in Operative Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. Patients from as far as Florida seek her expertise in making porcelain veneers.

  • Background: Petruska always has enjoyed drawing and painting, which she said provided a good background for cosmetic dentistry because "it's all about form and color. I have an eye for what is appealing." After beginning her practice with one assistant and a handful of clients, she now has 4,000 patients and lectures internationally.

  • Quote: "The future of cosmetic dentistry is bright. Materials we use, including ceramic and porcelain, are becoming more natural looking. It's rewarding when you can directly affect someone's life by improving his smile; my patients are so appreciative."

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