Steele Pediatric Dentistry

Meet Dr. Katie Steele

Katie Steele, DDS grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a pediatric dentist.  After high school, she attended the University of Dayton where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in Biology.  She went on to Dental School at The Ohio State University and she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in May 2006. 

Dr. Steele then worked as a general dentist for three years when she realized her passion was treating children and patients with special needs.  She attended the University of Maryland in Baltimore for her pediatric dental residency and served as co-chief resident in her final year.  Dr. Steele is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.

Dr. Steele and her husband Brian (a St. Clairsville native) are thrilled to be back in the Ohio Valley.  Together they have two children, Teddy and Helen. As a parent to two youngsters, she knows the challeng
es that raising a child can bring and wants parents to feel comfortable asking her and staff important questions about their children’s mouths. When she is not treating patients in the office, Dr. Steele enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on her alma maters’ sports teams.

The Steele Pediatric Dentistry Team

Dr. Steele’s dental staff share the same interest in treating the smiles of the area’s children. Our team is comprised of a specially trained dental staff ready to work with you and your family. While they come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, they share the common goal of giving the Upper Ohio Valley’s little ones the healthiest of smiles!

Mariah Melanko,
Front Desk Coordinator
Mariah comes to our office from Morgantown, where her father is an orthodontist in her hometown, and she is enjoying the new challenge that is all things dental insurance. She works on scheduling our advanced cases requiring general anesthesia at local hospitals, and assists in the scheduling of current patients for restorative appointments, as well as handling the office management duties. She loves seeing the kids’ smiles and working with the tremendous staff at Steele Pediatric Dentistry. She and her new husband reside in St. Clairsville.

Vanessa Gardner, Dental Hygienist
Vanessa was born and raised in Lowell, Indiana but came to the area for college on an athletic scholarship for softball. Vanessa graduated from West Liberty University in 2009, obtaining her degree in Dental Hygiene. After graduation, she moved back to the Wheeling area and has since worked in general dental offices, but is very excited to be fulfilling her goal and dream of working with a pediatric dental office. Vanessa recently married her college sweetheart, Tyson, and they currently in St. Clairsville with their two Labrador retrievers.

Maria Gianni, Dental Hygienist
Maria is a recent Dental Hygiene graduate from WVU who hails from the Weirton area and is one of four children. She loves working with chil
dren and especially loves to reward them with prizes for their check-ups. She previously worked in our office as an Office Assistant and for Pittsburgh Children's Hospital as a Dental Hygienist, and our office is lucky to have such her as a hygienist. She loves all things Disney and frequently serenades her patients with songs from her favorite movies.

Kimberly Berlinski, Dental Assistant
Kim is originally from Hurricane in southern West Virginia. She has been a dental assistant since 1984, when she completed her education from what is now Eastern Gateway Community College. She has a wide variety of experience in the medical and dental fields, but her previous job as a surgery technician makes her an especially great help in the advanced cases seen at the hospital. She loves working with the kids and always can make someone laugh. She has two children: a son in graduate school at WVU and a daughter who lives in the area with her husband.

Rachelle Smithbauer, Office Assistant
Rachelle was born and raised in 
Ohio but recently moved to the area to be with her husband, Matt, who is a Physician's Assistant at Wheeling Hospital. She is a recent Dental Hygiene graduate from West Liberty University. She loves working with children and especially loves to hear them talk about their first visit to the dentist. Her main office tasks include greeting patients and scheduling appointments. She is excited to start her dental career in Wheeling with our office.

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