meet the team
Abby Donolo - Dental Hygienist
For Dental Hygienist Abby Donolo, every patient is a unique case. She carefully goes over their charts and previous notes, takes x-rays if needed, records gum measurements, and removes tartar and plaque before applying fluoride and reviewing home care. “I loved going to the dentist as a child,” she says. “I would have gone every week if I could, and always wanted to work in the dental field. My childhood dream came true – I’ve shown up for work at the dentist’s every day for the past year and a half!”
Abby achieved her Bachelor’s in Biology at Westminster College, followed by her dental hygiene certification and local anesthesia certification from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. “I'm a perfect fit for my job because I am open to learning and open to change,” she comments. “I love our patients. I like hearing about where they are from, where they work and how they are tied to Pittsburgh. They get to ask questions, too - I think people have misconceptions about the dentist office. Everything we do, we have a purpose behind it. No one should be afraid to ask questions!
Abby grew up in Allegheny county in Marshall Township, and currently lives in Carnegie with her husband, Nathan, and the couple’s dog. Maebelle. Abby is passionate about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “My aunt passed away from MS complications, and I have a close friend who also has MS,” she says. “I will fight until there is a cure!”
Jackie Clarke - Dental Facilitator
Our dental facilitator Jackie Clarke makes sure that things run according to schedule. In addition to answering phones and setting up appointments, Jackie helps with verifying insurance plans, helping patients to schedule treatment, and helping Dr. Pounds with tasks around the office.
Jackie has been working in the dental field for 10 years, and is proud to call Shaler her home. She became interested in dentistry in Pittsburgh because she wanted a career where she could help other people. Jackie loves helping patients with their dental care questions. She believes that two of the most misunderstood aspects of visiting the dentist are the cost and the discomfort, which is why she works hard to make both of these aspects more manageable for patients.
Jackie loves working with Dr. Pounds and the rest of the office staff because the crew is light-hearted, excellent at their jobs, and dedicated to offering a superior level of dental care. Her ability to help patients to relax and enjoy the dentist’s office makes her a perfect fit for her job.
When Jackie isn’t at work, she loves being outside, riding her 4-wheeler, and spending time with her family—especially her sweet mom. If she could do anything in the world, she would want to travel freely without an itinerary with family and friends.
Lauren Pasquini - Dental Hygienist
As a Dental Hygienist Lauren Pasquini has many different duties. She greets and seat patients, reviews medical histories, takes patient’s x-rays, does oral cancer screenings, and evaluates the periodontal health of patients. She also assists Dr. Pounds by removing plaque, calculus, and stains above and below the gums, polishing patients’ teeth, showing them how to floss correctly, and scheduling them for follow up visits as needed.
Lauren graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Dental Hygiene Program in 2009, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene. Lauren’s father was in the military, so she moved a lot as a child, settling in Pittsburgh when she was 11. “I’m an honorary Pittsburgher!” Lauren has been working in the dental industry for 7 years, and says that dental hygiene work combines her two favorite things – teeth and helping others. “I can help teach people that the dental office isn’t about pain – it’s about health!” she says.
Lauren enjoys weekend getaways, spending time at the waterfront or North Hills (“I have a bit of a shopping problem!” she admits), or just hanging out with her boyfriend. “I want to convince him to backpack through Europe with me,” Lauren says. “I want to see everything, especially Italy!”