Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
“We focus on making a difference in each child’s life. To transform their dental experience from anxious to exceptional.” Dr. Maggie’s dedication to her profession… and more importantly to her patients is evident in every aspect of her day. As a Pediatric Dentist, she expects her patients to keep their smile for a lifetime.
Dr. Maggie continually strives to be more than a dentist to her patients. She’s a role model with a strong commitment for providing excellent care for kids.
As one of the nine recognized specialties of the American Dental Association, Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to the oral health of children and patients with special health care needs. Pediatric dentists complete two to three years of additional specialized training after four years of dental school. In addition to dental health, they study child psychology, growth and development.
This specialization allows pediatric dentists to provide the most up-to-date thorough treatment for a wide variety of children’s dental problems. Dr. Maggie’s training in this specialty also included providing qualified care to patients with medical, physical, or mental disabilities.
Dr. Maggie began her education by earning a BS degree at Pennsylvania State University. She continued her education at The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine earning her DMD in 1990. She completed a three-year Residency in Pediatric Dentistry at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1993. Together she and her husband, Dr. Steve, opened Gurtner Dental in beautiful Mt Lebanon.
In addition to her services here at Gurtner Dental, Dr. Maggie is a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine as well as the Past-President of the Alumni Association (School of Dentistry).
Dr. Maggie studied eight years to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Only a small percentage of Pediatric Dentists achieve this honor.
Diplomate status includes a series of rigorous examinations and case loads. The purpose is to validate and improve the pediatric dentist’s clinical and diagnostic abilities. Successful completion of the examination permits one to be designated a Diplomate. This is a voluntary pursuit; not all pediatric dentists achieve this level of excellence. A Diplomate believes service to community, continued higher education, and self-improvement constitute the cardinal characteristics of true professionals.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry represents the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Their 5,600 members serve as primary care providers for millions of children. The member doctors provide advanced, specialty-level care for children, adolescence, and patients with special health care needs.
She is also a member of the American Dental Association, The Pennsylvania Dental Association and Dental Society of SW Pennsylvania.
She and her husband volunteer their dental skills with Pittsburgh’s Mission of Mercy.
Serving these cities and the surrounding areasMt Lebanon PA • Upper St Clair PA • Scott Township PA • Greentree PA • Dormont PABethel Park PA • Peters Township PA