Meet Our Dental Healthcare Team

Our dental practice in Erie, PA opened in 1984 and provides a range of family and cosmetic dentistry services. This includes routine cleanings, dental crowns and bridges, extractions, teeth whitening, root canals, restorations, more. Our dentists and staff are highly experienced and work to make patients feel very at ease and welcome. We are all very friendly and upbeat and focus on making quick connections with our patients. We will get to know your wants and needs so you can improve and maintain great oral health. We’re a busy practice but run on time, and respect your time.

Our Mission

Our goal is always to provide each and every patient with the very best dental care in the most supportive and nurturing manner possible. Our office has a modern, friendly atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease. Our professional staff will then help you feel welcome and comfortable as we strive to provide the highest standard of personalized dental care in the most gentle and efficient way possible.

Our Dentists

Dr. William D. Hammerlee

Dr. Hammerlee has had the pleasure of being a dentist in Erie since 1984. He completed his undergraduate degree at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky where he graduated magna cum laude in 1980. He then earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (DMD) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1984. He received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) in 2011 and received his Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) in 2017.

Dr. Hammerlee is active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Erie County Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is committed to providing his patients with the latest, most advanced dentistry available today, in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Hammerlee is dedicated to continuing education and attends numerous seminars, in all phases of dentistry, throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Hammerlee and his dedicated staff look forward to your visit and the opportunity to show you the many ways in which the finest dental care can improve your life. Dr. Hammerlee and his team have a reputation for caring about each and every person that comes through their door. If you are a returning patient – we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have not been in for awhile, we invite you back for a look at the always improving office and staff. If you have never been in the office, we welcome you as a new patient. Dr. Hammerlee would love the opportunity to earn your trust and be your dentist for a lifetime.

Dr. Adam J. Hammerlee

Dr. Adam Hammerlee joined Hammerlee Dental Care in 2012. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008. Dr. Adam then earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (DMD) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2012. He is active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Erie County Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Adam strives to make our patients comfortable and at ease throughout their dental visits and places great emphasis on listening to his patients and providing them with the highest quality of personalized care. He is committed to continuing education and lifelong learning in order to provide the most excellent care. Dr. Adam looks forward to meeting you and providing exceptional dental care to you and your entire family.

Our Friendly Staff

Linda Straub-Bruce, RDH, BSEd, PHDHP Registered Dental Hygienist and Office Manager

Linda has worked with Dr. Hammerlee since her 1989 graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Linda was one of the first hygienists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be licensed to administer local anesthesia and is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) which allows her to provide dental hygiene services independently in a public health setting. This scope of practice provides our community with much-needed increased access to dental care.

Linda is committed to furthering her education by attending numerous continuing education courses each year and maintains current certification in CPR. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies, the National Practice-Based Research Network, the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, the American Dental Education Association, the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and the American Association of Dental Office Managers. Linda is the current Trustee of the NW PA Dental Hygienists’ Association, holds several positions within the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and was the winner of the PennWell Publishing/Cadbury Adams Trident XTra Care Award in recognition of her outstanding community service, as well as the 2014 winner of the PDHA Academic Effort Award.

She is the co-author of the book Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth published by Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT (released June 2014). Linda also presents continuing education lectures to other dental professionals. Her knowledge and skill, in addition to special attention provided to every patient, makes each visit with her a comfortable experience. Over the decades that she’s been our team, Linda has thoroughly enjoyed seeing multiple generations of families she has grown to know very well. She always looks forward to sharing their lives and experiences and in assisting them with their various treatment options. Linda enthusiastically welcomes you to experience our wonderful office, whether you are a new or existing patient.

Beth Peterson, RDH, BS, PHDHP Registered Dental Hygienist

We are thankful to have had Beth working with us since 2002. She was a dental assistant prior to becoming a dental hygienist, which gives her a wide variety of dental experience. Beth earned her Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1999 and her Bachelors of Science in 2000 at The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She maintains current in CPR certification and attends several continuing education seminars every year. Beth is licensed in the administration of local anesthesia and is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) which allows her to provide dental hygiene services independently in a public health setting. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. Beth has a wealth of dental experience to our team. Beth looks forward to working with you to maintain your oral health.

Jennifer Oberley Insurance Coordinator

Jennifer has been working as a dental insurance specialist since 2004. She has a vast amount of experience in dental office management and all aspects of dental insurance processing. Jennifer has completed courses in insurance coding, office administration and computer software and is adept at navigating the complexities of patient financing and insurance details. She is able to offer our patients a thorough overview of the financial aspects of their treatment plan and is available to answer your questions at any time. Jennifer would be delighted to speak with you and schedule your appointment today.

Renee D’Amico Dental Assistant

Renee joined our staff in 2007, and has been a dental assistant since 1991. She is a graduate of the dental assisting educational program of J.H. Thompson Academies and is certified in dental radiology. She has ample experience in all facets of patient care and has genuine concern for the health and well being of each and every patient. Our patients appreciate her calming demeanor and her reassuring presence relaxes them and makes the entire dental experience more comfortable. Renee looks forward to assisting you during your next visit with us.

Alesha Walter Schedule Coordinator

Alesha is our scheduling coordinator and receptionist. She is a recent graduate of the Fortis Institute Dental Assisting program. Alesha is CPR certified and is also certified in dental radiology. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry. She is committed to our patients and it certainly shows. Alesha looks forward to greeting you during your next visit with us.

Amanda Beer Dental Assistant

Amanda joined our team in 2015 and she brings a tremendous amount of experience to Hammerlee Dental Care. She has been a dental assistant for more than a decade and is highly skilled. Amanda is a 2005 graduate of Tri State Business Institute where she trained as a Dental Assistant. She excels at fabricating beautiful temporary crowns and bridges, dental laboratory work and is right at home with all of our dental technology. Amanda is a very enthusiastic team member and loves making our patients smile! She looks forward to getting to know you at your next appointment.

Deena Pribonic, BA, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We were grateful to have Deena join the Hammerlee Dental Care Team in 2013. Deena graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2005, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. She then continued on to graduate from Tri-State Business Institute’s Dental Assisting Program in 2010. Deena then enrolled in the Fortis Institute Dental Hygiene Program where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013. Deena is certified in CPR and is licensed to administer local anesthesia. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. Deena enthusiastically looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Alisha Jury, CDA, EFDA Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Alisha brought her expertise to our team in 2016 and we are so very grateful to have her with us at Hammerlee Dental Care. She is a 2012 graduate of Fortis Institute and a 2015 graduate of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center. Alisha is a Certified Dental Assistant as well as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant which licenses her to perform expanded duties and procedures that help facilitate the highest quality of care for your restorative appointments. Alisha’s welcoming and calming demeanor will make you feel relaxed and right at home here at the office. She looks forward to meeting you and providing exceptional dental care to you and your entire family.

Amy Hart, RDH, BS, PHDHP Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy brought her expertise to our team in 2013. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. Amy is certified in CPR, licensed in the administration of local anesthesia and is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) which allows her to provide dental hygiene services independently in a public health setting. Amy is the co-founder of Miles of Smiles which is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to reach out to the underserved and decrease the number of people in our community who have untreated dental needs.

She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. She also is a clinical instructor at Fortis Institute for the Dental Hygiene program, and was the winner of the 2014 PDHA Community Dental Health Award. Amy looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment and providing superior dental care to you and your entire family.

Dana Shaffer, RDH, BS, PHDHP Registered Dental Hygienist

We are very proud to have Dana Shaffer on our team. Dana joined us in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience to our office. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Policy and Administration from Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA and her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH. Dana has a wide variety of experience in the dental field, having worked as a dental assistant, orthodontic assistant, pediatric dental assistant, Registered Dental Hygienist as well as a Dental Hygiene Faculty member at Fortis Institute in Erie, PA. She is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) which allows her to provide dental hygiene services independently in a public health setting, is licensed in the administration of local anesthesia and certified in CPR.

She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. Dana has held many offices in her professional organizations including President and Trustee for the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and President of the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, and she has served on many Association committees. Dana has generously volunteered her expertise for many community outreach events including Sealant Saturday, Miles of Smiles and Give Kids a Smile Day and did a dental mission trip to Honduras in 2011. Dana is eager to meet you at your next visit to our office and to provide you with the highest quality of dental care.

Nancy Gary, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

Nancy’s passion for her profession shows each and every day. She has had a wide range of experiences in her dental career that began when she was a teenager working for a dental lab owned her father (which represented 3 generations in the Dental Laboratory business). Nancy graduated from the Dental Hygiene program of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY in 1971. Nancy looks forward to giving you a warm welcome next time you visit our office.

Kelly Wright, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We were grateful to have Kelly join the Hammerlee Dental Care Team in 2013. She was a dental assistant prior to becoming a dental hygienist, which gives her a wide variety of dental experience. Kelly has worked in many different dental settings in Warren, Pittsburgh and Columbus, OH. She graduated from Tri-State Business Institute in 2009. Kelly is certified in CPR and licensed in the administration of local anesthesia. Kelly is the co-founder of Miles of Smiles which is a non-profit organization whose goals and objectives are to reach out to the underserved and decrease the number of people in our community who have untreated dental needs.

She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. She was the winner of the 2014 PDHA Community Dental Health Award. She is passionate about educating our patients on oral health, especially preventative care, home care products and oral health for oncology patients. Kelly is excited to see you at your next appointment and to provide superior dental care to you and your entire family.

Morgan Osborne, EFDA, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

Morgan joined our team in 2016 and she brings a wide variety of experience to Hammerlee Dental Care.  She graduated from Tri-State Business Institute’s Dental Assisting Program and went on to Graduate from the Greater Altoona Technical School where she received her Expanded Function Dental Assistant Certificate. Morgan then continued her education at Fortis Institute where she graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program. She is unique in her skills and qualifications as both a hygienist and an EFDA. Morgan has been and remains dedicated to volunteering for a variety or oral health and community causes. She is licensed in the administration of local anesthesia and certified in CPR. Morgan is excited to meet you at your next visit to our office and to provide you with the highest quality of dental care.

Sarah Goard, RDH, BS Registered Dental Hygienist

Sarah originally became part of our team on a temporary basis in 2013, and rejoined us in 2016. She graduated from Fortis Institute’s Dental Hygiene Program and continued on to Gannon University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a focus in Spanish. Sarah was a Dean’s list recipient at both educational institutions. She is passionate about volunteerism and has volunteered her services at the Multicultural Center of Erie, several special needs programs, Give Kids a Smile events, Miles of Smiles events, the Salvation Army Center and the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association Sealant Saturday events. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Northwest Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association.  Sarah provides our patients with the utmost compassionate care and is looking forward to meeting you at your next appointment with us.

Kristen Albright Billing Coordinator

Kristen joined our team in 2017 and brings a wealth of experience to our office.  She is a graduate of Great Lakes Institute of Technology and is a Certified Dental Assistant.  She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry and has been in the profession since 2000.  Kristen has a vast amount of experience in clinical dentistry, dental insurance processing and patient financing.  She is able to offer our patients a thorough overview of the financial aspects of their treatment plan and is available to answer your questions at any time.  Kristen looks forward to seeing you at your next visit.