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WOMEN in BUSINESS It was Leah Busque, co-founder of Taskrabbit, an online marketplace that matches freelance labor with demand, who said, “I’ve never thought of myself as a female engineer, or founder, or a woman in tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s passionate.” In our Women in Business section, we feature women in a variety of careers and industries from the arts to law to banking and health care. Although they and their work vary, they share something in common—a passion for what they do and for helping our community. Northern Connection is pleased to introduce them to you.


WOMEN in BUSINESS Dr. Bridget Chufo

| Dr. Chufo’s Weight Loss and Wellness

Dr. Bridget Chufo is a renowned expert in the field of weight loss and obesity. She is a registered nurse with a Ph.D. from the prestigious New York University. Dr. Chufo has studied in this field since 1980. She has worked with thousands of patients whose lives are debilitated in various ways, from being overweight and obese. Through these interactions, she has instituted strategies and techniques unique to helping them follow a healthier way of living. It is life changing, and in many cases, lifesaving! She believes that most anything can be accomplished with hard work, persistence, prayer, and a positive attitude. Dr. Chufo helps people weather the storms that life presents and helps them to find purpose in their lives. She is a motivator, nutritionist, coach and confidant to her clients. She deals with the whole person increasing health is all areas….physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial. She helps her clients become their best selves. 1-800-900-THIN

Janet McKay

| Senior Real Estate Specialist

Janet McKay is a full-time Realtor with Re/Max Select Realty with over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. A majority of Janet’s business is representing Baby Boomers, Senior Citizens, Estates and Trusts. Having downsized recently herself, she knows what’s involved, both emotionally and physically, of letting go of a family home. She earned her Senior Real Estate Specialist designation with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, which enables her to counsel clients aged 50+ through major lifestyle transitions, including the sale of a family home to downsize into a senior facility, patio home or smaller home. She is often asked to speak at seminars about downsizing and how to prepare your house for the market. Her many reviews on Zillow confirms she is experienced, trustworthy, patient and kind. Contact Janet for a FREE, 1-HOUR consultation on how to prepare YOUR house for the market. (412) 303-1408; Office: (724) 933-6300 x686 or email:

Dena Strano

| Nurse N’at

NURSE N’AT is a business that celebrates health care workers with merchandise and encompasses all areas of nursing, all health care systems and all nursing education levels. Nurse N’At offers multiple T-shirts, beach towels, hoodies, fleeces, travel mugs and even apparel for children. “I never looked at it as an opportunity to become an entrepreneur but more of a way to spotlight Pittsburgh’s nursing field,” said Dena Strano, owner. She began the business in 2016, and it has been growing ever since. “The idea has just taken off and continues to be a full business that I have enjoyed creating and have been blessed with. NURSE N’AT is unique in that there is nothing else like this offered. Being a nurse myself, I know so many wonderful nurses in this field, and I wanted to find a way to not only recognize them but also offer them something to wear so that they can be proud of what they do and in their hometown city that we all love! Pittsburgh is blessed with so many wonderful health care workers and NURSE N’AT is my way of recognizing and showing them off!” Shop with us at


MAY 2019 |

Colleen Anthony

| MABC Mortgage

Mortgages proved to be the answer for how Colleen Anthony, Broker/Owner, MABC Mortgage, could combine her financing skills and passion for helping others. She has been in the business for 16 years. “This is a lifetime in a very saturated industry, and having experience with commercial, investments, residential and construction really separates our service. I personally handle every client and attend every closing,” said Ms. Anthony. “Being able to RECAST is a game-changer for those who have equity tied up in their existing home and want to get into a new home before selling their To Recast, you pay a large sum toward your principal, either a lump sum OR a specified amount, over a 12-month period—anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. This varies by lender. Your loan is then reamortized or recalculated based on your new, lower balance. Your interest rate and term stay the same, but your principal has decreased, your monthly payments will be lower and you reduce your interest expense without shortening your loan term. The cost is minimal, usually under $150 to request the recast.” NMLS 119413, 134430 412-358-9680

Amanda McCollough

| Dittman Eyecare

When people think of Dittman Eyecare and the wonderful customer service they receive, many people think of Amanda McCollough. Amanda has been a celebrated member of the Dittman Eyecare team since 2009.  In the nine years that she has been with the company, she has worked as a receptionist, technician and optician. She now holds dual roles as Practice Administrator and the Director of Marketing.  While climbing the ranks at Dittman Eyecare, she has also been very involved in the community.  She is currently an active member of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Butler County Chamber of Commerce, The Grove City Chamber of Commerce, Slippery Rock Business Association, The Butler AM Rotary, Fundraising coordinator for the Karns City UAA Baseball/Softball Association, PTO Secretary for Chicora Elementary, Junior Achievement, H.Y.P.E Helping Young Professionals Excel, Butler County Young Professional, and a Woman’s Small Business Association member. Even though Amanda has taken on a lot of responsibilities, she handles them all with efficiency and a smile on her face, which those of us who know her, have come to respect and appreciate. For more information visit us at:

Bethany Schad

| Dignity Home Care Professionals

From a silent partnership role in 2014 to active administrator of Dignity Home Care Professionals in 2016, North Hills graduate, Bethany Schad, turned her focus from stay-at-home mom to working mother. In need of an operations manager, Schad recruited her own mother, Hana Haatainen-Caye, to help her run the company. Two-and-a-half years later, the mother and daughter team have turned the business around and are enjoying the challenges they face in the inhome senior care industry. “My mom and I have a heart for seniors,” says Schad, “and are excited about the services we offer.” Dignity Home Care Professionals serves the entire North Hills area, offering in-home or in-facility personal care assistance to adults in need of companionship, meals, transportation, personal care, shopping, and more. Family is at the heart of the company where they’ve adopted the philosophy that kindness matters… pass it on. Call 412-415-3168 or visit them online at

Traci Kovacic

| Riverfront Financial

“When I first started in this business in 2013, my original goal was to be able to explain life insurance and investments to people in a way that they could understand and help to keep a sometimes confusing subject as simple as possible. Unfortunately, in 2015 I suddenly lost my husband when our daughter was two weeks away from her third birthday and our son was just 5 months old,” said Traci Kovacic, Riverfront Financial. Since then, it has been her passion to be able to educate families on having the right life insurance in place, and the right financial plan to prepare for the unexpected, and the future. ““I am able to work with my clients in every stage of life, from getting the right life insurance policy in place, to creating a plan to manage finances to produce an income after the death of a loved one as well.” She has started a new campaign to help other widows use what she has learned about life insurance proceeds and how to manage them for the long run. Traci never charges a fee to meet with any family. Her mission is to help others to make sure they have the right protection in place and to be able to help guide them in the right direction financially if the worst were to happen. (412) 837-2400 | MAY 2019


Sue Hickey

| Your Own Retirement

Sue Hickey of Your Own Retirement, together with her husband, Dave, have made it their mission to help educate clients about retirement; but Sue has also gone beyond that with Your Own Retirement’s Women to Women program, which helps women to navigate into and through their retirement years. “Studies show that women control 90 percent of the wealth in retirement, yet only 20 percent of them feel educated enough about how to manage that wealth,” said Sue. Sadly, Baby Boomers have the highest divorce rate and the average age a woman becomes a widow is 59, and both of those circumstances affect a woman’s retirement years. “I want to help women through this difficult time. Making decisions at such emotional times in not advisable. I help them look for red flags and to follow their gut when it comes to their financial well-being.” Your Own Retirement never charges for the first consultation, and they not only help women but also couples. We also help single men, too. “We take a full, 360-degree look at where you stand, and can help with your retirement planning and all facets of financial services by identifying financial needs and working to reduce financial risks and creating a financial plan to guarantee income for the lifetime of our clients. Our primary focus is to secure lifetime income for our clients that they cannot outlive,” said Sue. Phone: 1.866.677.PLAN (7526) Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

Katie Petrovich

| Katie’s Clay Studio

Katie’s Clay Studio is an art studio geared towards all ages and will be seven years old this May! We specialize in bringing a huge variety of art forms to our community. We are one of the only art studios that have pottery-wheel lessons, and we make them available for a one-time class so people can do a special date night, cross something off their bucket list or just try something they always wanted to do without having to commit to a rigorous class schedule. We are constantly growing and expanding into new art forms. We are a family run business with help from a very talented team of staff. We really take the time to teach and interact with everyone each time you come in and make sure that you have a fantastic project in the end that you are proud of—our studio experience is really very special to us. For more information please call: 412-486-2184 or visit us at:

Brianne Kemp

| Live Well Chiropractic

“I am the owner of Live Well Chiropractic, a family practice in Wexford. I knew I wanted to work in health care because I was always fascinated by the human body and I wanted to make a difference in a person’s quality of life,” said Dr. Brie Kemp, who has been in practice since 2006. “I love working with patients of all ages, especially children and pregnant women, so chiropractic was a great fit for me and my passion for holistic care.” There are three doctors at Live Well with a combined experience of over 45 years. “We all have advanced certifications. Dr. Amy Burelson and I are Webster Certified and have taken courses for prenatal and pediatric training. Dr. Chad Stemmler is Active Release Technique certified which works wonders for athletes and soft tissue injuries including post-surgical. Our office is In Network with insurance, offers extended hours and is family friendly with a children’s play area and parent’s room for changing and nursing,” said Dr. Kemp. 724-940-3900

Zita Billmann

| Coldwell Banker

I have been a licensed, full-time Realtor® since 2008. After 10+ years as a successful sales professional, I was interested in starting a new career. Choosing real estate as my business allowed me to capitalize on the sales and negotiation tactics perfected in my sales career. It also allowed me to maximize my client-centric philosophy, assisting with, what is for most, the greatest financial decision in their lives. Whether it is their very first purchase, upsizing for a growing family or downsizing to a retirement home, I strive to ensure that my clients’ expectations are exceeded at every turn. From specialized marketing, professional photographs, complimentary staging and a written step-by-step process, my ultimate goal extends further than the current transaction. Ultimately, I want to become their realtor for life. By providing exceptional service, I hope to become the person my clients would recommend to family and friends. Helping others find their perfect home or move on to their next chapter is an honor and a privilege—something I take very seriously. I am their real estate advocate, guiding and advising at every step in the process, ensuring my clients are receiving the utmost in customer service and representation. My clients’ best interest is always my top priority. Call 412-366-1600 Ext. 1275 or 412-310-7812


MAY 2019 |

Debi Arnett

| Director of Business Development, Profile Plan - Pittsburgh PA

Debi Arnett has made many connections across her career. Currently as the President of the Golden Triangle Executives Association, Founder of Wine Travelers and the Regional Director of the Women’s Small Business Association, she helps many people connect and succeed. She has been in sales and marketing most of her life having worked for Craftmatic Company, Servicemaster, RBS Worldpay at Citizens Bank and Champion Windows, leading her to her current position with Profile by Sanford. Profile is an exciting new company coming to North Hills in the next few months, founded by Sanford Hospitals and Wellness systems out of the Dakotas. Profile takes weight management to a new level with specialized DNA testing for how your body burns carbohydrates, weekly one-onone coaching and a smart scale that takes the guesswork out of getting to your goal and maintaining it. Their first location in McCandless Crossing is just one of eight new locations coming to Western PA. For more information please see our ad on page 27

Donna Kline, MBA, CDFA®

| HBKS Wealth Advisors

HBKS® Wealth Advisors is an independent advisory firm with over $3.5 billion under management. We provide comprehensive financial planning tailored to accomplish business, and individual goals. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA), I work with clients at all stages of the divorce process and help plan for their financial future. As emotional as divorce can be, it is important to work with someone who understands and can clearly explain the financial impact of various settlement options. Divorce can be difficult, but it does not have to be devastating. Working with a financial professional can help ease the uncertainty of your financial future. Selecting an independent, fee-based investment firm can assure you that your goals—and the goals of the advisory company—are aligned. 724-934-8200 The information included in this document is for general, informational purposes only. It does not contain any investment advice and does not address any individual facts and circumstances.  As such, it cannot be relied on as providing any investment advice.  If you would like investment advice regarding your specific facts and circumstances, please contact a qualified financial advisor.  This document does not contain any accounting or legal advice.  If you would like accounting, tax or legal advice, please contact a qualified accountant or attorney.  Insurance products are offered through HBK Sorce Insurance LLC.  Investment advisory services are offered through HBK Sorce Advisory LLC, doing business as HBKS Wealth Advisors.   NOT FDIC INSURED - NOT BANK GUARANTEED - MAY LOSE VALUE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PRINCIPAL - NOT INSURED BY ANY STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY.

Sarah Abraham, MPA, PA-C

| Cosmetic Laser Centers

Cosmetic Laser Centers offers a wide variety of non-invasive medical aesthetic procedures including injectables like BOTOX Cosmetic and treatment devices including Coolsculpting and Thermage. “I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine – aesthetic medicine specifically – because I wanted to combine my interest in science and my desire to help others look and feel their best,” said Sarah Abraham, MPA, PA-C, who has been a physician assistant for nearly a decade, graduating with high honors from Duquesne University in 2009. She has been working for Dr. Krysinski at Cosmetic Laser Centers and Vein Institute of Pittsburgh since early 2013. “Although Cosmetic Laser Centers provides the latest nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, we are not a dime-a-dozen med spa. We pride ourselves in being a private physician’s office where no less than an advanced practice provider will treat you,” said Mrs. Abraham. “Our conservative but effective treatment approach aims to make you look more youthful and rested while remaining uniquely you. We customize treatment plans to suit men and women and patients of all different ages and budgets in a comfortable and professional setting.” 724-394-VEIN

Maria Brosovic, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C

| The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh

The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh is a vein specialty care center that focuses on the treatment of lower extremity venous insufficiency, including varicose veins and spider veins. “I screen our new patients for venous disease with ultrasound evaluation and venous mapping. Additionally, I see patients post-operatively for their follow up and to review post-op care instructions. I also work at our other practice, Cosmetic Laser Centers, where I perform sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider veins as well as other cosmetic services that we offer,” said Maria Brosovic, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, who began working at VIP as a RN in November of 2015. During that time, she assisted Dr. Krysinski with their EVLA procedures while completing her MSN at Franciscan University. She graduated in December 2016 and is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. “At VIP we work closely with our patients to establish lasting relationships. Communication throughout the treatment process is key to establishing a trusting relationship, and I feel that our staff goes above and beyond to ensure that we build those relationships,” said Mrs. Brosovic, who believes that patient education is an important part of their experience. 724-394-VEIN | MAY 2019


Dr. Jessany Knapp

| Francis Audiology

Dr. Jessany Knapp is a Certified Audiologist and holds her doctoral degree from the University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which demonstrates her mastery of the clinical competencies in audiology services. Before earning a doctorate degree, she studied Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive clinical experience in a variety of different settings including her clinical externship at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. She also is a dedicated member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency. Dr. Knapp specializes in optimal hearing health care, through diagnostic evaluations, counseling and the fitting of cutting-edge hearing technology. She enjoys working with people of all ages, providing compassionate hearing health care with an emphasis on custom hearing aid fitting, counseling, tinnitus management and hearing conservation. She believes in treating the whole person, not just the hearing loss. Dr. Knapp joined Francis Audiology Associates team of hearing health care providers, helping them provide efficient, accessible and quality hearing health care services to the greater Pittsburgh area. She is ready to help you get started on your way to a better hearing. When not seeing patients, she enjoys traveling, hiking and camping. For more information please call 724-933-3440 or visit us at:

Carol Langer

| Francis Audiology

Carol Langer is the Office Manager at Francis Audiology. She is the first person you will speak with at Francis Audiology and is able to address all your questions and schedule appropriate appointments. Additionally, Carol continuously attends continuing education courses and is proficient in helping you with understanding your health insurance benefits. Originally from Pittsburgh, Carol moved to Wexford with her husband Ray in 1980. Carol enjoyed 10 years working as a preschool teacher while raising her four children before joining Francis Audiology Associates. Prior to teaching, Carol worked as an office manager for a busy realty company. Her warm demeanor and organizational skills enable her to make your phone calls and visits enjoyable. In her spare time, she likes to go camping and hiking with her husband, family and friends. Carol and her husband Ray attend car cruises and Jeep events with their restored 1979 Jeep CJ7 and 1982 Cherokee Chief. For more information please call 724-933-3440 or visit us at:

Susan Krol

| Krol Media Associates, LLC

Susan Krol began her career as an advertising account executive in the radio industry. After over 23 years, 18 of which were spent at KDKA Radio, it was time to step away from her career to raise her children, a decision that ultimately lead her to launch her own consulting business in 2006. The inception of Krol Media Associates, LLC, a full-service PR and marking firm that works with non-profits, hotels, B2B and service companies, gave Susan the opportunity to customize her dream job by becoming an entrepreneur. The business model was one that helps companies achieve marketing goals while creating synergistic promotional ties between non-profits and businesses that benefit communities and families in our area.  Bringing clients together into positive working relationships to celebrate common missions is a passion for Susan. Additionally, Susan helps young professionals to advance skills and gain experience, which she has accomplished through hosting successful internship programs and hiring talented, young professionals. 724-713-4905

Jackie Sorrenti

| Gals On and Off the Green

Gals On and Off the Green is a women’s golf and casual wear boutique. Our passion is simple: to help women of all ages, shapes and sizes look and feel better about themselves (We offer fashions in sizes from double zero to 22!). Our flagship store in Pittsburgh opened in June of 2004 – we will be celebrating 15 years in Pittsburgh this year! We also have a second location in the Dallas, Texas, that has been open about five years. These are not golf clothes – these are LIFE clothes! About 80 percent of the fashion we carry are beautiful and stylish and of great quality – and they are fashions for EVERY DAY! The fabrics do not wrinkle, they hold their shape, they quickly dry if you get caught in a sweat or downpour, they are easy care….They are great for travel and 18-hour days….and they do not say “I am going golfing” – they are smart clothes for life! We provide one-on-one attention to your particular fit needs and sense of personal style – and accentuate your best features. We offer over 40 different brands and fits - the best selection of colors, lengths and styles. We can help you be “every you”- sporty-chic Gal, classic Gal, fashion-forward Gal, modern Gal – our selection provides something for a Gal’s EVERY style!


MAY 2019 |

Danielle Foreman, Trudi Stevens, Michele Wray, Stephanie Weyandt, Samantha Voynik, Julie Campbell

Danielle A. Foreman

| VP, Branch Manager

Danielle A. Foreman is the Pine Township PNC Bank branch manager. She oversees a staff of 14 that provides business and personal banking services to Pittsburgh’s north suburbs. A PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate, Danielle specializes in small business banking, and she takes pride in understanding her customers’ industries so she can support their growth. She understands that banking is about so much more than dollars and cents — it’s the business of transforming ideas, ambition and hard work into successful enterprises. PNC Bank, Pine Township Branch, 11970 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090, 724.934.7555

Trudi L. Stevens

| Asst VP, Branch Manager

Trudi L. Stevens is the Branch Manager of the PNC Bank on North Boundary Rd. She oversees a staff of five Universal Bankers that provide a unique banking experience for both business and personal customers in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. Last year, Trudi was recognized for winning the “Gallup Great Workplace Excellence in Managing Award.” She is also the PNC Grow Up Great Advocate for the North Region.  PNC Grow Up Great partners with many organizations and is celebrating 15 years of giving back to the children within our communities through the educational and developmental growth of children ages birth to five.  She knows that people are the core of any business, and she prides herself on developing quality relationships with her customers to ensure that she is delivering excellent service every time. PNC Bank, PNC Bank North Boundary Rd., 20940 Route 19, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066, 724-453-2220

Samantha Voynik

| VP, Branch Manager

Samantha Voynik is the Branch Manager, Vice President at the PNC Branch in both Cranberry Township and Westinghouse. She leads a team of 25 to assist both business and personal customers to achieve financial wellbeing. Samantha has worked for PNC Bank for the last four years and comes from a career in retail. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, with a minor in Psychology. Samantha’s ability to build winning teams and deliver both exceptional customer and team satisfaction, enabled her to achieve Human Sigma 6 in past years. Samantha has a strong passion for partnering with women-owned businesses to support various community events. She takes pride in her holistic approach to customize individual solutions as every business is uniquely different. PNC Bank, Cranberry Twp/Westinghouse Branches, 1340 Freedom Road Cranberry Township PA 16066, 724-776-5077

Stephanie L. Weyandt

| VP, Branch Manager

Stephanie Weyandt, Vice President and branch manager of the PNC Bank Moraine Pointe Plaza, manages a team of 12 employees and strives to cultivate relationships with both consumer and business clients in the Butler community. As a PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate, Stephanie supports small business in achieving their goals, while making banking easy. Stephanie prides herself on continuing to gain knowledge to assist businesses in various industries; allowing her to offer valuable insight and ideas to impact her clients banking needs. PNC Bank, 108 Moraine Pointe Plaza (P4-P014-01-1), Butler, PA 16001, (P) 724-282-1166 (F) 724-282-8352

Michele L. Wray

| Asst VP, Branch Manager

Michele L Wray is a Branch Manager at the McKnight Road Branch. Michele has been with PNC for 19 years. Michele is a PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate, and actively participates in PNC’s Grow up Great program. As a branch manager, Michele takes pride in coaching and developing her team to help them achieve their career goals.  In addition to the development of her staff, she enjoys providing education and assistance to her clients to help them achieve their financial goals. PNC Bank, 95 Blazier Drive , Pittsburgh PA 15237, 412-366-3897

Julie M. Campbell

| Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, SWPA North Region Julie M. Campbell is a Regional Manager for the North Region located in the Southwest Pennsylvania market. Julie serves as Senior Vice President and is responsible for fifteen branches located across the North Region of South Western Pennsylvania. She is committed to marketplace leadership in service, products and technology. In this role, she is accountable for growing market share through successful customer and employee engagement, as well as sales and service management. Julie is a member of the Pittsburgh Professional Women’s Organization; is a PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate; and serves on the Board of Directors for both Passavant and St. Margret Hospital as well as serving on the Executive Board of Directors for the Passavant Foundation. She is also an alumni of the Westmoreland Leadership Program, Women’s Executive Development Program and the Lapin International Dynamic Leadership Program. PNC Bank, 1340 Freedom Road, Cranberry, PA 16066, 724-720-1194 | MAY 2019


Melissa Kwiatkowski

| PNC Healthcare Business Banking

As a PNC Healthcare Business Banking Relationship Manager, Melissa Kwiatkowski, helps healthcare practices improve efficiencies, better manage cash flow and increase profitability. With a strong knowledge of the healthcare industry, she understands how to capitalize on changing market conditions that directly benefit healthcare practices. Throughout her career, Melissa has helped healthcare practices accomplish many objectives, such as expanding operations, changing locations, adding partners and ancillary services, start-up practices and purchasing the latest healthcare technology and equipment. Melissa has held several progressive professional positions throughout her career. Melissa’s experience includes business banking and managing a team of financial service professionals. She is currently a Vice President of PNC Healthcare Business Banking. Melissa is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) with the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Melissa is a Certified Women’s Business Advocate and member of the Women’s Leadership Development Program Alumni Association. She is a resident of Pittsburgh, PA. Melissa is an active volunteer and board member with several nonprofit organizations in the community. 412-781-2523

Dr. Nicole Waltrip

| Genesis Medical Associates, Inc.

I recently joined Genesis Medical Associates and founded the Women’s Health and Gynecology division. I received my medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and then completed a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. I am board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and have been practicing for over 20 years in the Pittsburgh area. Several years ago, I decided to concentrate on gynecology. Although I loved obstetrics, the on-call demands became too difficult after having 3 children of my own. By focusing on gynecology, I have more time to devote to my patients. I keep up-to-date with continued training and reading to provide the best quality care. I enjoy caring for women of all ages from adolescence through postmenopause. I believe it is crucial to be a good listener and let each woman have time to discuss concerns. This allows me to tailor each visit to the individual needs of the woman. I think being nonjudgmental is important and feel privileged that women trust me with their sensitive gynecologic concerns. As part of the Genesis Medical team, I am able to see patients with any insurance plan. To make an appointment visit our website at

Emily Heyl

| Genesis Medical Associates, Inc.

“At Genesis Medical Associates Inc., we have created an innovative health model for patients,” said Emily Heyl LPC, Genesis Medical Associates, who is a licensed professional counselor and who has been practicing behavioral health therapy since 2010. At Genesis Medical Associates Inc. she specializes in treating depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, grief, life transitions and trauma. “Our behavioral health program integrates general medical and mental health services to accomplish a total wellness outcome,” she said. This integrated model has provided a noticeable increase in compliance with counseling recommendations that have resulted in improved behavioral outcomes. “Today, I work closely with primary care Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners who have insight into the patients’ overall health and quality of life. In addition, we have seen an increase in the overall wellbeing of patients and the ability to reach the highest quality in the patient’s personal health and life. I do also work with patients that have a primary care physician other than Genesis Medical Associates.” To make an appointment with Emily, please call 412-931-3066.

Crystal Manning

| Licensed Medicare Advisor

I serve as a Licensed Medicare Advisor. My role is to educate my current or potential clients on their health insurance options as they become eligible for Medicare. Specifically, I explain the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Part D (drug) and optional pharmaceutical plans, and the enrollment requirements for all Medicare plans. As a licensed broker, I can listen to my clients, and then research and provide the best coverage options for them at the most affordable cost. Additionally, I provide each client with free annual reviews to make sure that they are still in the right plan, at the lowest cost. After expanding this service for my former employer, I realized that there was a need and an ever-growing market for Medicare advice, and I decided to strike out on my own! I have been in my own business for over three years but have been in the healthcare field for over 30 years. Please call me with any questions or if I can help in any way for your Medicare needs. 412-716-4942 or email me at


MAY 2019 |

Sarah McGraw Krushinski

| Wexford Acting Studio

Wexford Acting Studio believes practical experience can be as valuable as education, and owner Sarah McGraw Krushinski has both. With a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in performance and directing, she also credits her 30 years of experience on the stage as a musical theater performer for lending the credibility to her ability to teach students of all ages. I care about every single child and adult in my care. My studio is a safe place where everyone can thrive as they explore their performance goals. I put training above all else because I believe the better your performance skills are, the happier you will be on the stage. We also focus on the whole person in the studio. Every part of you and your awareness of who you are adds to your ability to find truth and authenticity in your performing. Skills are one thing; understanding your unique self will help you become the best you can be on stage and off. For more information, please call 412-491-2416 or visit us at:

Renee Colbert

| Colbert Law

Colbert Law, a legal firm in Warrendale, is motivated by our commitment to a “Family First” practice. Our goal is to exceed client expectations with our capacity, drive and enthusiasm. We address complex legal issues in Domestic Litigation and Mediation; Custody and Adoption; Wills, Trusts, and Guardianships; DUI; and Criminal Defense. When I became an attorney, I swore to meet the needs of my community members in a straight-forward and honest manner. In more than 30 years as a lawyer, I have strived to meet that commitment. I have 15 years in corporate and government law and more than 15 years as an entrepreneur through private practice. I am excited to announce on May 1 that Colbert Law will open its newest location in the Wexford/Warrendale market that will provide convenient legal representation for Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver Counties. – 412-889-9007 | MAY 2019


Allison B. Whitney

| Financial Advisor, Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

This year marks my 16th anniversary with Hefren-Tillotson and I love that a portion of my life is interwoven within its history. As a Financial Advisor, it is such a joy to serve as a bridge for people to move out of their head and into an actionable plan that serves their financial goals. In my experience, the real magic happens in having a comprehensive financial plan that speaks to more than just some generic investment strategy. Ironically, the value is not just within the well-worded and sensitively composed advice, but in the breadth of the questions and the listening skills of the advisor sitting across from you. The process requires vulnerability and trust. I’m in the business of connecting and working with people who want a meaningful and fulfilling financial story of their own. I believe, that at the heart of it, a great financial plan is bigger than any number that hits the page. 412.633.1534

Sally Powers

| Treasure House Fashions

Starting Treasure House Fashions 18 years ago was not an altruistic venture. At that time, Sally Power was a desperate woman, navigating a divorce that resulted in significant financial problems. To stabilize life for herself and her three children, Power secured a women’s resale clothing shop to augment her teaching income and Treasure House Fashions was born. Since then it has grown tremendously: It now collaborates with over 65 agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh area, to serve women, particularly women in transition or crisis by providing gift certificates to partner agencies, so that the agencies’ clients have the dignity of shopping for what they like, as well as what they need, at no cost to the client or the agency. In the past 18 months, Treasure House has given away over half a million dollars’ worth of merchandise. Sally Power believes that, “What you think may be the worst thing that could happen to you can become the springboard for amazing things for you and for many others.” Treasure House Fashions is living proof that her words are true! For more information about this impactful nonprofit, go to Come shop at this hidden ‘treasure’ at 7607 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 or call us for more information 412-364-3256.

Carla Donnelly

| Family Law Attorney

With more than 18 years’ experience, Carla Donnelly handles all aspects of divorce and custody cases with an expertise in high net worth financial and complex custody issues. Carla, a Principal with the law firm of Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., not only knows the law, she has the tenacity and skill to see cases through to the end, whether it be a negotiated settlement or trial. Family law issues can be daunting. Carla approaches family law with compassion, practicality and integrity to take her client’s cases in the best direction to protect what matters most. She sees clients at the firm’s downtown and Cranberry Township Offices. Contact Carla at (412) 261-9900 or at

Tammy Clune

| Tammy’s School of Dance

Tammy’s School of Dance (TSD) originally opened its doors in 1994 at the Wexford Fire Hall, renting a one-room floor space from the previous Wexford Deli. Tammy Clune’s passion and desire for educating children of all ages in the latest techniques and styles of dance is what motivates Tammy and her highly trained and educated teaching staff. TSD has certainly proven its success marking 25 years in business in Wexford and seeing thousands of students walking through the doors of her Wexford dance studio. Over the past 25 years, TSD has expanded to a beautiful, fully-equipped, 3-studio-room facility located on Rte. 19 in Wexford. Tammy offers stimulating classes for ages 2.5 through adult focusing on technique in all styles of dance. You will see many TSD students performing in local school musicals, on dance teams, marching bands and talent shows. Tammy is excited to celebrate the studio’s 25th season and the annual dance recital appropriately titled “DREAMS 25” at Marshall Middle School. TSD will continue their commitment to all of our dance families by providing high quality instruction, age-appropriate music and costuming, and affordable pricing. For more information please call: 724-933-KIDS(5437) or visit our website at:


MAY 2019 |

Karen J. Anspaugh

| Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company

You can have total confidence when you close with Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company, a Adrienne Abstract & real property settlement service provider owned and operated by Karen J. Anspaugh, Attorney Closing Company at Law. Karen is the managing partner of Surrett & Anspaugh LLC, a Pittsburgh based law firm practicing in the areas of real estate law, business and corporate law and oil and gas law. You bring her 30 years of legal experience with you when you head to the closing table. Karen thoroughly understands and reviews all closing documents, including transaction and loan documents. Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company handles residential and commercial transactions and Karen routinely helps real estate investors establish and grow their businesses. Further, Surrett & Anspaugh LLC can assist with Landlord/Tenant issues, Property Use and Boundary Disputes, Quiet Title Actions, and Tax Assessment Appeals. Karen routinely negotiates commercial leases; drafts warranty deeds, mineral deeds, easements; and searches public records to determine oil, gas and mineral ownership. Karen’s broad industry knowledge can protect your interests. Karen serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana University School of Law. She managed Anspaugh Law for 20 years and has large firm experience. Karen is licensed to practice law in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. 231-668-1934 karen@

Deb Walton, Realtor®

| Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

The Preferred Realty

Deb is originally from Upstate New York and has been a resident of Cranberry Twp for 27 years after being transferred here by former employer, Eastman Kodak Company. Deb has 27 years of Consumer Product sales experience and served as a Kodak Account Executive, calling on the Navy & Marine Corps. After being home with her children until they entered elementary school, Deb started her real estate career and is currently in the Top 8% of Berkshire Hathaway agents nationwide. Married for 20 years to a retired PA State Trooper, she has 3 children in the Seneca Valley School District and enjoys supporting her children in their various activities within the school district and community. Deb enjoys serving her clients and prides herself on the relationships she builds with them. Please visit the following link to learn what her clients have to say about her service:

Meet Your Home Team!

Deb Walton Realtor® and SRES® Multi Million Dollar Producer Honor Roll Member, Circle of Excellence

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty Cranberry Regional 20206 Route 19, Cranberry Twp. PA 16066 Office: 724-776-3686 Cell: 724-480-6690

Kimberly FerraroBuchanan

Karen J. Anspaugh

Northern States Mortgage, LLC Mortgage Originator NMLS 155949 Licensed by CT, FL and PA Department of Banking

322 S. Main Street Zelienople, PA 16163 Office: 877-808-6611 Cell: 724-272-0770 Fax: 877-808-6614 Email:

Attorney at Law

Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company 4499 Mount Royal Blvd Allison Park, PA 15101 Mobile: 231-668-1934

Adrienne Abstract & Closing Company | MAY 2019


Amy C. Helfferich

| Finance of America Mortgage, LLC

Amy Helfferich is the Branch Manager of Finance of America Mortgage, LLC’s first Pittsburgh, PA office – and now has two locations in Wexford and Cranberry. Amy has been in the mortgage business for over 27 years. Her career has encompassed all aspects of the mortgage lending process including underwriting, closing, operations and sales management. “I love what I do, and I love working with my clients to make their dream of homeownership come true” said Amy. She understands the process well and works to streamline it for her clients. “Our goal is to take the stress out of getting a mortgage,” Amy said. “We truly want our clients to say at closing – that was easy!” As a Pittsburgh native, Amy is very familiar with the area and the local market. Finance of America Mortgage is a full-service mortgage banker, ranking in the Top 10 Nationally for home loans - offering a wide variety of mortgage programs. Contact Amy today to see how easy the mortgage process can be! Cell: (412) 327-7899 Office: (724) 719-3333 or email

Marcy Smorey-Giger

| Small Business Lawyer

Smorey Giger Law, a woman-owned business, is a highly regarded, commercially savvy small business law firm with experience in corporate legal departments. My parents were self-employed from before I was born until the day they retired, so I grew-up surrounded by family business - it is part of who I am, and I believe I was destined to be an entrepreneur and to serve the small business community. SGL represents start-up businesses and established corporations and educates clients to further empower those small business owners and operators who truly care about their organizations. My background as an in-house lawyer serving company executives to deploy corporate strategies and achieve goals enables SGL to support small business with the insight of what a company needs to further its operational initiatives. Being a generalist with experience in a broad range of both business and legal matters, uniquely positions SGL to support the business beyond any one project. Believing that small business is the core to the health and welfare of our community and our economy, SGL takes pride in having supported small businesses for more than six years and plans for many more. Please contact Marcy at 412-402-8912 or

Toni Shelaske

| Healthy Pet Products

Toni Shelaske is the owner and operator of Healthy Pet Products, LLC. I opened my first location in the North Hills in 2008 while operating my own pet-sitting business. My second location in the South Hills was quickly added in 2011 to meet the growing demands of pet owners seeking natural and organic products for their pets. I acquired a grooming boutique in 2015 and recently added a third retail location in Cranberry Township. My stores specialize in raw and natural diets and serve as a community resource center focusing on my mission and belief that all pets should thrive! I routinely research and regularly meet with industry leaders to select the healthiest foods, treats and toys to help all pets live their best life. A core principle to managing my business has been to develop and lead a team of professionals who share in my commitment to helping others. I strive to create a work environment where my staff members are encouraged and challenged to work creatively and with passion. As often as possible, I promote from within. This has allowed me to craft my team of managers, buyers, researchers, designers, advocates and educators. These are the values that have benchmarked my business model and successes. Healthy Pet Products has enjoyed 10 years as a brick and mortar specialty retailer, and we are recognized and trusted as a community leader in natural pet care products and supplies. I have leveraged this position in the community to help raise awareness and support for shelter animals at both the local and national levels. As an active member of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, I host in-store fundraising events and volunteer annually at the BFAS national headquarters in Kanab, Utah. I am grateful to call Pittsburgh my home and promise to work tirelessly to make every effort to help all pets thrive! If you are new to my stores, please say hello and introduce yourself, and if you have been around since my early years, thank you for your continued support! I hope to see you soon! For more information please call 412-366-0700


MAY 2019 |

Christine Knapik

| Topgolf

We are Topgolf - 65,000 sq. ft. of sports entertainment, including 102 golf bays and three floors. We are a blend of technology and entertainment, and we’re open 363 days a year. We have become the premier destination for entertainment in Pittsburgh. I oversee all event and membership sales at the Pittsburgh location. We host individuals, small groups, and events as small as 12 people up to full venue buyouts, which can accommodate 1,200 people. Whether you are looking to host a bachelor party, family reunion, office holiday party, company team building or anything in between, we are truly the venue for you! Our Pittsburgh location opened its doors on July 20, 2018. However, Topgolf started in the year 2000 in the United Kingdom, and we have 53 locations worldwide with plans to continue expanding. There is nothing else like us in the Pittsburgh area. Actually, there is nothing else like us in the state! Topgolf is for everyone, and you do not need to be a golfer to enjoy it here. We are truly for anyone at any age during any time of the year! Come visit us at: 400 Presto-Sygan Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017. 412-564-9188 or log onto

Tina Reed, D.M.D.

| Orthodontist

Dr. Tina Reed has been in private orthodontic practice in the Pittsburgh area for over fifteen years, serving the North Hills and East End communities. Dr. Reed provides early interceptive orthodontic treatment for children, such as thumbhabit retainers, expanders and bite correction therapy. She also provides a full array of orthodontic treatment for older children, teenagers and adults, including clear or invisible braces, Invisalign, Smart Moves Retainers and other clear aligner therapies. Dr. Reed and her staff provide supportive, friendly and professional care that leaves her patients and their families feeling happy about their orthodontic experience. Check out what others have said about their experience at Dr. Reed’s practice through Facebook and Google reviews. Contact Stephanie, the office manager, to set up a consultation for you or someone in your family at 412-369-0600 or

Tammy Croftcheck & Katie Watts

Tammy Croftcheck

Katie Watts

| Studio 19 Dance Complex

Studio 19 Dance Complex is a nationally recognized studio, owned and operated by Tammy Croftcheck and Katie Watts, who both serve as co-artistic directors, and are joined by an extensive team of talented and high-trained professionals. Tammy is a member of Dance Educators of America, Professional Dance Teachers Association, USA Gymnastics (safety certified) and Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals. Tammy began dancing at just six years old and realized her love of teaching and choreographing dance and helping her students reach their full potential. Katie has a bachelor’s degree from Point Park University and has danced professionally with Disney. Studio 19 has produced many dance stars over the years, including Madelyne Spang. Madelyne, 21, who is from the Pittsburgh/South Hills area, is a Studio 19 alumni and is currently touring as a dancer with pop star Pink on her 2019 World Tour.  Studio 19 has had several dancers who have gone on to perform and travel on world tours with Pink.  Another amazing alumna is Sarah Johnston. Sarah, 22, is from the North Allegheny Schools area and just finished shooting a music/dance video with the one and only Jennifer Lopez! Current student Louise Hindsbo just completed her movie debut in The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman.  Hindsbo, 12, is a North Allegheny student and performed in the movie as one of the many talented dancers.   Another star dancer from Studio 19 is current student 11-year-old Layla Stiscak from the Pine-Richland area.  Stiscak has just been signed to a three-year deal with KidzBopKids, and you can follow her journey on Instagram at: kidzboplayla.  Studio 19 offers both competitive and recreational classes for ages two through adult, at all levels of talent.  Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics, Tumbling and Contortion as well as preschool and tot classes.  Registration is now being accepted for Summer Camps for June, July and August as well as classes for the 2019/20 season, which begin in the fall. Studio 19’s annual dance recital is Sunday, June 16, at North Catholic High School. Tickets are available at the door or special pre-sale pricing is available by contacting the studio. For more information or to register for summer camps and classes, please call us at: 724-779-0019 or visit our Facebook page at: Studio19 Dance Complex or on Instagram at: Studio19 Dance Complex. | MAY 2019


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