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Meet the Doctors

Lawrence Mauro, DMD, FAGD

Lawrence Mauro

Dr. Lawrence Mauro was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. Originally from Donora, PA, Dr. Mauro attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned his B.A. in Biology in 1999. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, earning his D.M.D in 2003. Following Dental School, Dr. Mauro completed an optional General Practice Residency at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care, where he was mentored by some of the brightest and most talented General Dentists and Dental Specialists in the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Mauro's dental education did not end following his residency. He is a lifelong student of dentistry and a firm believer in Continuing Dental Education. He completes 80 to 100 hours of Continuing Dental Education annually, which is roughly four to five times the amount required to maintain licensure by the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mauro has been awarded the prestigious "Fellowship Award" with the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor less than 1% of dentists nationwide achieve.

While completing his residency, Dr. Mauro (Larry) married his beautiful and brilliant wife, Melissa. They were married in 2003 and have been blessed with five amazing daughters. After practicing and living in Vermont, Larry and Melissa decided it was best to move back home to Pittsburgh. They are very excited to raise their daughters in the North Hills with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby in the Pittsburgh area.  

Dr. Mauro's goal at North Hills Family Dental is to provide his patients with optimal oral health care in a pleasurable and comforting environment. He believes that you shouldn't have to sacrifice a caring patient-doctor relationship for state-of-the-art, top quality dental care—At North Hills Family Dental, you get both!

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Heba Alani, DMD

Heba Alani

Before joining the North Hills Family Dental team, Dr. Heba Alani graduated from McGill University in Montreal with both her undergrad and DMD. She continued her education, gaining a Pediatrics GPR at UBC Children's hospital in Vancouver and an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at UPitt. She decided to stay in Pittsburgh and now works with the North Hills team, focusing on Family and Cosmetic dentistry. To Dr. Alani, a relaxed and friendly environment and state-of-the-art treatment is integral to her success as a dentist. She prides herself on her ability to calm patients and provide a gentle bedside manner.

When she's not in the office, Dr. Alani enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. At home she relaxes by baking, reading and watching movies. The Alani family loves to travel and find new places to visit.

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Nicole Crasto, D.D.S.

Nicole Crasto

Dr. Nicole Crasto was born and raised in small-town Ohio. As a child she always had an interest in science and anatomy, this drove her to pursue her undergrad and D.D.S. at the University of Dayton and OSU respectively. Upon graduating, she married her college sweetheart and together they moved to Pittsburgh where Dr. Crasto did community work in a rural practice before finding the North Hills family. At our practice, Dr. Crasto works hard to earn the trust of her patients and cares deeply about putting their needs first. She tries to treat every patient's mouth as if it's her own, only recommending treatment that she'd be comfortable using on herself. Community service and patient-education are high priorities for Dr. Crasto and she's grateful that dentistry provides her opportunities to do both.

At home, Dr. Castro can be found with friends and family or curled up on a couch snuggling her French bulldog. She loves to exercise and spend time outdoors. When she has time, she volunteers at the Pittsburgh Food Pantry and other seasonal missions.

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Meet the North Hills Family Dental Team

Dr. Mauro's goal at North Hills Family Dental is to provide his patients with optimal oral health care in a pleasurable and comforting environment. He believes that you shouldn't have to sacrifice a caring patient-doctor relationship for state-of-the-art, top-quality dental care—At North Hills Family Dental, you get both!

Jessica, Lead Dental Assistant/Clinical Care Coordinator

Jessica, Dental Assistant

Jessica was born in the Pittsburgh area but was raised in Charlotte, NC where she started her career in dentistry 13 years ago. She recently moved back to the area to be closer to her fiance and family.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys shopping, boating, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle, Dental Assistant

Michelle, Dental Assistant

Michelle was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and received her cosmetology license after high school. She decided to return to school for a new career in dental assisting and received her degree at Bradford School. She strives to help every patient love his or her smile! In her spare time, you can find Michelle enjoying the company of friends and family, listening to music, doing anything outdoors, or cheering on the Pens during hockey season.

Heather, Dental Hygienist

Heather, Dental Hygienist

Originally from Gilberstville, PA, Heather recently moved to the Pittsburgh area. In 2010, she received her Dental Hygiene License from Manor College, just outside of Philadelphia, and has been practicing ever since. Heather loves her job and works very hard to make her patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental cleaning appointments.

In her spare time, you'll find Heather at the gym or spending time with her friends, family, and her boyfriend. She is having a lot of fun learning and exploring Pittsburgh, the city she now calls home.

Hannah, Dental Hygienist

Hannah, Dental Hygienist

Hannah grew up in the North Hills and is a graduate of Shaler Area High School. Following high school, she began her studies in The University of Pittsburgh's Dental Hygiene Program. She graduated from Pitt in 2011 with her dental hygiene certificate and a license in the administration of local anesthesia. Hannah feels privileged to work with such a caring and hardworking team at North Hills Family Dental. She loves her career choice as a dental hygienist and thoroughly enjoys watching a patient's oral health change for the better. Hannah's gentle manner and positive attitude keeps all of our patients feeling at ease in the dental chair.

Outside of the office, Hannah spends most of her time with her fiance and their two dogs. She enjoys hiking and playing soccer. Hannah's idea of a good night out would be heading down to PNC Park to cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Family-Oriented Dental Care

At North Hills Family Dental, our goals and our emphasis are based on catering to you and your family. We will take every step imaginable to provide you and your family with the exceptional care to achieve your optimal oral health–you deserve it. Dr. Mauro and his staff take great pride and honor in developing relationships with patients and their families for generations to come.

Kid-Friendly Dental Care

Pediatric North Hills Dental

North Hills Family Dental is proud to be a FAMILY-oriented dental practice. Children of all ages are always welcome. Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child's first dental visit should be within 6 months of eruption of their first tooth? For most children, the first tooth erups between the ages of 6 months and 1 year. Early childhood caries (cavities) is a growing problem in America, and detection is vital. It is important to remember that building a solid foundation for dental health starts at a very early age, and routine dental visits by children allow them to develop a relaxed and care-free attitude towards their dentist. The earlier a child starts that relationship, the more trustworthy they envision their dentist. Schedule an appointment today for your child and see how Dr. Mauro and his staff can start building that trusting relationship!

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Anxiety-Free Dental Care

Our goal at North Hills Family Dental is to make you feel like you are at home. From the coffee bar and complimentary Wi-Fi, HDTV's and relaxing décor, to the warm and friendly smiles, we are confident that “going to the dentist won't feel like going to the dentist.” At North Hills Family Dental, you're not just a patient, you're family. So put your apprehension aside and call today to schedule an appointment!

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Convenient and Accommodating Dental Care

Dr. Mauro and his team at North Hills Family Dental want your dental visit to be as convenient and accommodating as possible. There are flat screen TVs in the waiting area and the treatment rooms. Catch up on the current events or watch your favorite shows while you wait or while you get treatment! Need to check your email from your smartphone? Log on to our complimentary Wi-Fi! Want to play a quick game or browse the Internet? Feel free to use one of our iPad's! Call today to schedule a convenient and accommodating dental visit!

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Lawrence Mauro, DMD, FAGD
9401 McKnight Rd. Suite 307
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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