Dr. Donald J. Betar, Jr., graduated from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in 1985 and from Juniata College in 1989, with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. In 1993, he received his Doctorate Degree in Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
He is a member of ADA (American Dental Association), PDA (Pennsylvania Dental Association), AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) and affiliate member of AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry).
In 2016, Dr. Betar was inducted as a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Less than 5% of general dentists accomplish the 500 hours of continuing education and pass the qualifying exam in order to receive this highly renowned distinction. -'Through hard work and sacrifice, all fellows have demonstrated their commitment to a professional responsibility we all incur upon entering the dental profession. That is, the professional responsibility to maintain our knowledge and skills at the highest possible levels, and continue the educational process uninterrupted.' Source: Academy of General Dentistry
In 2020, Dr. Betar was awarded with the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Less than 2% of all general dentists have earned this designation, requiring over 1,100 hours of continuing education and over 400 hours of hands-on application. -'The Mastership Award is the highest honor available in the AGD and one of the most respected designations in the profession. This accomplishment meets the highest criteria for professional excellence.' Source: Academy of General Dentistry
He is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Dr. Betar has been in private practice for over 26 years.
In December of 2006, he moved his practice into a new state-of-the-art facility. Since then he has built an addition to the office to accomodate his growing practice. Finished in June of 2014, the building is one of the premier dental offices located in central Pennsylvania. It is equipped with the most modern, technologically advanced dental equipment available.
In December of 2010, Betar Dental continued its commitment to providing the most advanced equipment available by purchasing a Va-Tech PaX-Duo3D Conebeam Digital Radiograph machine. This equipment provides Dr. Betar with 3-Dimensional imaging for the most precise and safe placement of dental implants. Since 2005, Dr. Betar has placed and restored over 500 dental implants successfully.
Betar Dental has acquired the service of a Board-Certified Dental Anesthesiologist to provide I.V. general anesthesia to those patients who are fearful of dental procedures or those who require extensive dental therapy. These services are perfomed at the office of Betar Dental & Associates.
In December 2008, Dr. Betar was appointed to the, formerly named, Altoona Regional Health System Medical Staff in the Department of Specialized Surgery, Clinical Service of Dentistry (Oral Surgery/General Dentistry). This appointment enables Dr. Betar to provide dental services to children, adults and special needs patients, who require general anesthesia at the UPMC Altoona Health System Outpatient Surgery Center.
Dr. Betar has recently obtained his Restricted I Anesthesia Permit, which allows him to provide IV moderate sedation to children thirteen years of age and older and also adults. He has also been able to provide nitrous oxide sedation since receiving his Restricted II Anesthesia Permit in March of 2013. These services are offered in the comfort of our office.
Dr. Betar's hobbies include ice hockey and fly fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Dr. Aisha Gharsalli was born and raised in Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida in 2014. She continued on to LECOM School of Dental Medicine where she received the “Dean’s Award” and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2018.
Dr. Gharsalli is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association), PDA (Pennsylvania Dental Association) and AGD (Academy of General Dentistry). She is certified in BLS (Basic Life Support).
Dr. G, as she likes to go by, recently got married and moved to Altoona from the sunshine state. In her free time, she likes travelling and spending time with her husband. They enjoy watching movies, hiking and scuba diving.
Dr. Sarah Michaels recently graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. A recipient of multiple scholarships, Dr. Michaels also completed extensive community service hours in rural settings. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of her patients by listening, advising, and providing compassionate dental care.
Dr. Michaels is a member of the ADA (American Dental Association) and AGD (Academy of General Dentistry). She is certified in BLS (Basic Life Support).
A native Pennsylvanian from Ligonier, she loves to enjoy the great outdoors. She skis, kayaks, bikes, and hikes. Always up for a new adventure, she has recently picked up tennis and kickboxing.
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