Meet Our Dental Healthcare Team

Exterior of the Hammerlee Dental Care dentist office in Erie, PA

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, Dentist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Dr. William 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.

Cortney Archbold, DDS, Dentist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Dr. Cortney Archbold

Dr. Cortney Archbold joined Hammerlee Dental Care in 2016 and has a tremendous amount of experience providing quality care to patients of all ages. Dr. Cortney is originally from Pittsburgh and has loved her time in Erie. She received Bachelor’s of Arts degrees from both the University of Notre Dame and Wake Forest University. Dr. Cortney is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dental Medicine and has been in the dental profession for more than a decade. She is one of just a handful of dentists providing oral screenings for Head Start programs and has been a finalist for the Erie’s Choice Awards multiple times for both multiple dental categories. As a Pittsburgh native, Dr. Cortney is a Steelers fan and a huge fan of Notre Dame football as well. She is very active and loves cycling and running. She is also an amazing cook.

Dr. Cortney is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association and the Erie County Dental Association and is committed to continuing her education through lifelong learning and attending dental educational courses. Dr. Cortney strives to make our patients comfortable and at ease throughout their dental visits and places great emphasis on providing them with the highest quality of personalized care. She is committed to continuing education and lifelong learning to provide the most excellent care. Dr. Cortney 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 at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Linda Straub-Bruce, RDH, BSEd, MHSA Registered Dental Hygienist and Practice Manager

Linda has worked with Dr. Hammerlee since her 1989 graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, first as a Registered Dental Hygienist and now as the Practice Manager. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Health Services Administration from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Healthcare Administration program. Linda is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, International Federation of Dental Hygienists, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association, Pennsylvania Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies, American Dental Education Association, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, and National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Linda enthusiastically welcomes you to experience our wonderful office, whether you are a new or existing patient.

Registered Dental Hygienists

Deena Pribonic, Registered Dental Hygienist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Deena Pribonic, BA, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We were grateful to have Deena join the Hammerlee Dental Care Team in 2013. She is an Erie native and graduate of McDowell High School, where she is currently the Head Coach of McDowell Cheer. Deena graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree 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. Deena is certified in CPR and is licensed to administer local anesthesia. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Viviana and their cat named Peach and rescued kitten named Muffin. Coaching cheer is a big part of her life outside of the office and she is a highly decorated coach and was named the 2022 McDowell co-coach of the year, the 2021 PIEAA and NFHS coach of the year plus her team earned 2 state championships. Dental health is her passion, and she brings a tremendous amount of experience to our team. Deena enthusiastically looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Heather Miller, Registered Dental Hygienist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Heather Miller, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We are immensely proud to have Heather on our team. She is originally from Waterford and a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School. She received her diploma in Dental Assisting from Tri-State Business Institute, where she received the outstanding student achievement award, and her Associates Degree in Specialized Science in Dental Hygiene from Fortis Institute where she was the class President. During her dental hygiene education, Heather received the Team Player Award, participated in several Sealant Saturday events and several other charitable care missions to provide free dental treatment to the community. Heather is licensed in the administration of local anesthesia, maintains current certification in CPR and is committed to continuing education. In addition to being a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is a Certified Dental Assistant. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and is working towards her Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) license. Heather, her husband, Chris, stepson, Austin and stepdaughter, Gabby, have 2 dogs (Han and Chewy), 2 cats (Peeka and Leila). Heather loves spending time with her family, and they are foodies. They love to cook together, host parties, take vacations centered around food and art. Heather dabbles in art herself, coaches pitching for fastpitch softball, plays slow pitch softball and loves football. The Steelers are her team! Heather enthusiastically welcomes you to experience our wonderful office, whether you are a new or existing patient.

Ashante Healey, Registered Dental Hygienist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Ashante Healey, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We were grateful to have Ashante join our team in 2022. Ashante is originally from Erie and a graduate of Central High School. She continued her education at Great Lakes Institute of Technology where she studied dental assisting and is a graduate of Fortis Institute’s dental hygiene program. Ashante is certified in CPR, licensed in the administration of local anesthesia. She has 3 children, Ayriana, Kevin, and Kaleigha and enjoys family time together. The whole family loves watching football and Ashante is a huge Steelers fan. She loves reading and is busy planning her move to sunny central Florida in June 2023. Ashante looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment and providing superior dental care to you and your entire family.

Kayla Goellner, Registered Dental Hygienist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Kayla Goellner, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We are very proud to have Kayla on our team. Kayla is originally from Waterford and is one of our four Fort LeBoeuf alumni on staff. She received her dental hygiene education at Fortis Institute’s dental hygiene program and has been in dentistry since 2018. Kayla is licensed in the administration of local anesthesia and CPR certified. She has 2 labs (Nellie and Remi), 5 ducks and 2 cats and is passionate about animals. In the summertime she loves to spend time outdoors hiking with her fiancé, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, walking with her dogs and spending time on her family’s beef farm, Buttercup Acres. Her wintertime hobbies are snowmobiling and cuddling with her dogs. She loves family time, especially spending time with her 2 younger sisters. Kayla is eager to meet you at your next visit to our office and to provide you with the highest quality of dental care.

Jenna Yosten, Registered Dental Hygienist at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Jenna Yosten, RDH Registered Dental Hygienist

We are very grateful to have Jenna on our team. She is originally from Albion and a graduate of Northwestern High School (go Wildcats!). She is a graduate of the Tri-State Business Institute Dental Assisting Program and received her Associates Degree in Applied Science degree from Fortis Institute where she studied Dental Hygiene. Jenna has very well-rounded experience in dentistry, having fulfilled positions as a dental receptionist, lead dental assistant and dental hygienist and she has been in dentistry since 2008. She is working towards her Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDHP) license and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Society of Forensic Odontology. Jenna has 3 sons, 2 “pitties” and in her spare time she loves paddle boarding, fishing, weightlifting, and reading. Jenna brings a wealth of dental experience to our team and looks forward to working with you to maintain your oral health.

Expanded Function Dental Assistants

Kelsey Manges, Expanded Function Dental Assistant at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Kelsey Manges, EFDA Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Kelsey brought her expertise to Hammerlee Dental Care in 2019 and we are so incredibly grateful to have her on our team. Kelsey is a graduate of Harborcreek High School and is a graduate of Fortis Institute’s dental assisting program. Kelsey furthered her education at Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center and is a graduate of their Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) program. Kelsey is a licensed EFDA which helps to facilitate the highest quality of care at your restorative appointments, and she is CPR certified. She is a big Steelers fan, loves spending time with her dog, Odin, and enjoys movies, music, concerts, and spending time with friends. Kelsey’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.

David Vicander, Expanded Function Dental Assistant at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

David Vicander, EFDA Expanded Function Dental Assistant

David brought his expertise to our team in 2021 and we are so grateful to have him with us at Hammerlee Dental Care. He is originally from Erie and a graduate of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center. David is an Expanded Function Dental Assistant which licenses him to perform expanded duties and procedures that help facilitate the highest quality of care for your restorative appointments. He loves to play bocci and spend time with friends. David’s welcoming and friendly demeanor will make you feel relaxed and right at home here at the office. He looks forward to meeting you and providing exceptional dental care to you and your entire family.

Chairside Dental Assistants

Abby Petroff, Chairside Dental Assistant at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Abby Petroff Chairside Dental Assistant

Abby is one of the newer members of our team, joining us in 2022. She is originally from Erie and a graduate of McDowell High School. Abby has always wanted to be in the dental field and has enjoyed becoming proficient in dental assisting and looks forward to continuing her education and professional growth. Her goal is to become an Expanded Function Dental Assistant and is considering a career as a Registered Dental Hygienist as well. Abby’s favorite things to do include spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, shopping, and traveling. She works side by side with our doctors to deliver the best care for our patients. She is committed to our patients, and it certainly shows. Abby looks forward to assisting you during your next visit with us.

Libby Johns, Chairside Dental Assistant at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Libby Johns Chairside Dental Assistant

Libby has been a part of our team since 2021. She is a graduate of McDowell High School and originally from Erie. Libby is exceptionally talented in her clinical skills with all facets of patient care. She 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. Libby is an exceptionally talented competition dancer and has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 dogs and 1 cat and loves spending time with her family. Libby’s other favorite things to do are kayaking and spending time with friends. Our patients love how friendly she is, and she makes patients of all ages feel comfortable during their visits with her. Libby is eager to have the opportunity to help you improve your smile.


Business Team

Jennifer Oberley, Insurance Coordinator at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Jennifer Oberley Insurance Coordinator

Jennifer is a Waterford, PA native and 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 is a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School and Mercyhurst University where she received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. She has 3 Corgis (Parker, Cooper, and Sampson) and a beagle (Tucker) and spending time with her dogs and family, along with doing puzzles, is how she loves to spend her time. Jennifer would be delighted to speak with you and schedule your appointment today.

Jennifer Smith, Administrative Coordinator at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Jennifer Smith Administrative Coordinator

Jennifer became part of our team in 2021 and has been in the dental field for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of Buckeye North High School in Brilliant, OH and now lives in Albion. Jennifer has a vast amount of experience in dental office management, dental insurance processing, patient financing and customer service. She is able to offer our patients a thorough overview of the financial aspects of their treatment plan and is adept at navigating the complexities of patient financing and insurance details. Jennifer is a Girl Scout Troop Leader for her granddaughter’s troop and a member of Albion Grace United Methodist Church. She is the mother to 3 beautiful grandchildren and 4 children and has 5 dogs, 3 cats, 1 guinea pig. She loves camping and her passion is spending time with her family. Jennifer is available to answer your questions at any time and would be delighted to speak with you and looks forward to meeting you at your next visit to our office.

Mandy Taylor, Schedule Coordinator at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Mandy Taylor Schedule Coordinator

Mandy joined our team in 2021 and brings a wealth of experience to our office. She is originally from Jackson, Michigan and earned her Certificate in Dental Assisting from Fortis Institute. She has very well-rounded experience in dentistry, having fulfilled clinical positions as an x-ray certified dental assistant, as well as business positions such as insurance eligibility coordinator, dental insurance processing and patient financing. Mandy’s favorite things to do include spending time with her family, walking her dogs and boating on the weekends. Mandy looks forward to greeting you during your next visit with us.

Sterilization Technician

Wilson Ruiz, Sterilization Technician at Hammerlee Dental Care in Erie, PA

Wilson Ruiz Sterilization Technician

Wilson is originally from Erie and a graduate of McDowell High School. He is currently a student at Penn State Behrend where he is studying to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in chemistry and English. Wilson has 5 years of experience in the dental field and plans to continue to dental school. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he has started various clubs that help to assist lower income individuals with medicine, education, and development. Wilson participated in and grew “THON,” which is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. He loves to travel and explore new places such as Puerto Rico, Cancun, and Miami. He enjoys meeting new people and experiencing different cultures while making memories that will last a lifetime. Wilson looks forward to meeting you at your next visit to our office.