Dental Staff

All professionals at Betar Dental & Associates maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

  • Dr.
    Donald J. Betar Jr.
    DMD, MAGD
    Doctor

    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.
    Sarah Michaels
    DDS

    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.

  • Dr.
    Aisha Gharsalli
    DMD

    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.  

  • Kayla Updike
    EFDA
    Office Manager/Expanded Function Dental Assistant

    Kayla received her diploma in Dental Assisting from the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center in May 2015 and has since received her license in Expanded Function Dental Assisting. She has been with Betar Dental since November 2015, in addition to providing great EFDA care, she is also utilizing her administrative skills at our front desk. Kayla is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs. She is also certified in CPR. Kayla lives in Altoona, and she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.

  • Rachael Emenhiser
    Surgical Coordinator

    Rachael is a 2006 graduate of Tyrone Area High School. She joined Betar Dental in April 2017, where she utilizes her administrative skills in our front office as the Surgical Coordinator. With her 3 years of experience as a medical receptionist, she will make your visit to our office a pleasurable experience. Rachael lives in Altoona, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Nandi Meade
    RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Nandi is a 2017 graduate from West Virginia University where she received a B.S. in dental hygiene. She joined our team in August 2017. Nandi loves to educate her patients about the importance of their oral health. She utilizes her skills to ensure our patients receive the best dental care possible. She holds a local anesthesia licenses along with being CPR certified. Nandi was born and raised in Altoona and enjoys reading, working out, and shopping in her free time. She hopes to one day work as a international dental hygienist and to travel to countries in need. 

  • Jessica Schnably
    RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Jessica is a 2011 graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, where she received her Associate Degree in Applied Science. She joined Betar Dental & Associates in April of 2019. Jessica strives to give her patients optimal oral care and ongoing dental education. She is CPR certified. Jessica enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places.

  • Derek Delozier
    RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Derek is a 2019 graduate from Allegany College of Maryland. He joined our team in May 2020. Derek will provide a comfortable experience with his calm demeanor. He holds a local anesthesia license along with being CPR certified. Derek enjoys hockey, disc golf, anything outside, and spending time with his friends.

  • Kasandra Vazquez
    DA
    Dental Assistant

    Kasandra received her diploma in Dental Assisting from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus in May 2010. She has been with Betar Dental since April 2018. Kasandra is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs and certified in CPR. She was born & raised in Puerto Rico and speaks fluent English & Spanish. Our office has a diverse patient base, and Kasandra's bilingual abilities make a pleasurable experience for everyone. She enjoys going on road trips with her husband, cooking Puerto Rican food, and painting her nails.

  • Adrienne Walters
    EFDA
    Expanded Function Dental Assistant

    Adrienne is a 2014 graduate from Bradford School of Pittsburgh where she received her Associate Degree for Expanded Function Dental Assisting. She has been with Betar Dental since November 2018. Adrienne utilizes her EFDA skills to provide all our patients with an unforgettable experience. She is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania to take radiographs, also certified in CPR. Adrienne was born in Altoona but raised in Blue Knob area for 12 years. She enjoys traveling to new places, spoiling her dog and baking desserts.

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Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

    Excellent dental practice. They are caring and professional. Betar dental attends to every detail and makes each patient feel like they are the only patient in the office!

    Susan of Altoona, PA

    I love Betar Dental. The technicians and doctors are compassionate and understanding I suffer a great deal of anxiety when seeing the dentist. They all tell me what they are doing and give me frequent breaks. I highly recommend.

    Ann of Altoona, PA

    Very thorough, patient and qualified.

    Anonymous

    Staff & Dentist were great! My son fell on the playground and I was concerned about his teeth. They examined him and addressed my concerns without hesitation.

    Gage of Claysburg, PA

    They are fantastic with kids here. If you have a young first time patient or maybe a child who is a bit nervous? This will put them right at ease.

    Caleb of Altoona, PA