About Us 2019-11-15T13:37:44-05:00

At Annette Merlino, DMD,  we’re passionate about your health. 

Our mission is to show God’s love to our patients by providing quality dental care at affordable prices in a gentle and caring manner. We are committed to:

  • Maximum comfort

  • Highly-trained team of professionals

  • Gentle, high-quality dental care

  • Compassion for apprehensive adults and children

  • Inclusive, welcoming environment for all ages

  • Collaborative patient/doctor approach to treatment planning

It is our vision to provide our patients with a positive dental experience that promotes a lifelong relationship built on trust, confidence, quality, and exceptional patient care.

  • Promoting good, preventative care habits

  • Listening to patient feedback and concerns

  • Offering an affordable, in-house insurance plan for our patients

  • Helping patients achieve the healthy smiles they deserve

  • Two locations to serve the community in Kiski and Delmont

  • Helping the needy and showing them God’s love through annual mission trips


Our Story

The story of Dr. Merlino’s journey from Dental Associate to the owner of two, thriving dental practices!

Meet Our Team

Our patients and our dental team are why we love our jobs!  Our entire staff is committed to providing you with an exceptional experience from the moment you arrive and throughout your appointment.

Dr. Annette Merlino
Dr. Annette MerlinoDentist, Practice Owner
Dr. Merlino has been in practice for over 26 years. She grew up in the Pittsburgh area and now resides in Delmont with her husband Tom and her daughter Leia. She graduated in 1988 from the University of Pittsburgh with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine. She spent four months working at a hospital in Kenya, and worked as an associate in various practices in Western PA before opening her own practice in September of 1990. She enjoys music, theater, travel, roller coasters, and is an active participant in the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. She takes mission trips whenever possible to donate her talents to the less fortunate. Her husband works with Mission to the World, leading their Disaster Response Ministry.
Dr. William Mitchell
Dr. William MitchellDentist
Dr. Mitchell earned his B.S. and B.A. in biochemistry and music from St. Lawrence University in 2013. He then earned his D.M.D. from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2017. Currently, he lives in Western PA, attending the Seton Hill Center for Orthodontics residency program and he is working as a general dentist during his orthodontic training. He loves sports, hiking, traveling, and playing music in his free time.
Dr. Mark Pikur
Dr. Mark PikurDentist
Our practice is happy to introduce Dr. Mark Pikur, DMD to our staff. He studied at University of Miami, class of 1983. He then went to Marquette Dental School and Pitt Dental, graduated class of 1987. He works part time at his North Hills office. Dr. Pikur is experienced in all fields of dentistry. In his spare time he enjoys landscaping, watching sports and hobbies that include his marine aquarium and caring for his pet cats.
Cathy Keller
Cathy KellerDental Assistant
Cathy is Dr. Merlino’s assistant. Cathy has been with us for several years and has close to 20 years of assistant experience. She graduated from Western School of Health and Business in 2000 and has loved her job ever since! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, fishing, and gardening.
Mariela Ramirez
Mariela RamirezOffice Manager
Mariela has been working for us for over a decade. She is from Guatemala City and attended college there for business administration and computing and received her degree in 2006. She lives in Delmont with her husband Hardi and her two children, Gabriel and Sofia. She loves travelling and spending time with friends and family. Before living in the states, she worked for a non-profit for nine years, where God gave her and her husband an interest in missions. To this day, they do as much as they can to help needy families in Guatemala.
Julie Berkhimer
Julie BerkhimerHygienist
Julie is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists and has been working with us for over twelve years. She is a native of Johnstown, PA and currently lives in Latrobe with her husband and three children; Alyssa, Emily, and Noah. She graduated from Westmoreland County Community College in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling whenever possible.
Lauren Pommer
Lauren PommerAssistant Office Manager
Lauren is the Assistant Office Manager of our Kiski office. She graduated from Westmoreland County Community College in 2018 with an Associate in Health Care Management. When she isn’t working, she is spoiling her dogs, Heidi and Kevin. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Stephanie Petrilla
Stephanie PetrillaHygienist
Stephanie has been working with us for over twelve years. She was born and raised in the Apollo/Leechburg area. She graduated from Westmoreland County Community College in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She has a daughter, Lily Madison. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking family vacations, especially to Disney World.
Lauren 'Lou' Karper
Lauren 'Lou' KarperFront Desk Assistant
Lauren “Lou” works the front office at both of our locations. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and hopes to pursue further education. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog Maverick.

We’re Always Accepting New Patients!

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