Meet The Team

The Staff at Valley Brook Dental Have Over 50 Combined Years of Experience Covering All Areas of Dentistry

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I am fortunate to have surrounded myself with honest, hard-working, and skilled staff members who have a wide variety of skill sets and clinical experience in the field of Dentistry. They are professional, caring, and sincerely enjoy helping patients on a daily basis. 

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Dr. Joseph L Gurecka, DMD

Dr. Gurecka graduated from West Virginia University Magna Cum Laude with degrees in both Chemistry and Biology with a minor in History.  He then worked as a chemist/production engineer for 2 years before returning to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh Dental School where he graduated with Honors (Omicron Kappa Upsilon).  Immediately after graduation Dr. Gurecka completed a General Practice Residency at Allegheny General Hospital and, shortly afterward, passed his board exams and was admitted as a Fellow in the American Association of Hospital Dentists (now Special Care in Dentistry). He later returned to the University of Pittsburgh to attend the Katz Graduate School of Business and receive his Executive MBA with a focus on the emerging field of Biotechnology and Bone Tissue Engineering. Dr. Gurecka practices at Valley Brook Dental located in McMurray, PA and resides in Upper St. Clair with his wife and daughter where he is active in church and community programs. Outside of the office, Dr. Gurecka loves to bike, swim, ski, and almost anything involving being outdoors.  He recently completed his first historical novel and is proofing for publication.

Dr. Gurecka is an avid participant in continuing education and likes to stay current with developing technologies in order to offer his patients the best possible care. He is a member of the ADA, PDA, WPDS, AAID, AO (Academy of Osseointegration), and Fellow SCDA (Special Care Dentistry Association. This includes Geriatric Care, Hospital and Special Needs Dental Care. 

Most recently in October 2019, Dr. Gurecka was recognized as an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Read more about it here.


Dental Assistant

Sharon is a graduate of the Kinman Business College with a degree in Dental Assisting. She has worked in the field since 1973 and has been working with Dr. Gurecka for 14 years. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, antiquing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. 


Dental Assistant

Susie is a Dental Assistant with over 27 years experience. She holds her x-ray license and is certified in CPR. Susie is happily married and enjoys hiking, camping, and boating.


Office Manager

Angela is the friendly face that greets you when you walk into our office. She enjoys being part of a dental team that goes the extra mile for their patients. Angela will gladly assist you with your appointments and insurance.


Marketing Manager - Dental Hygienist

Heather is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked with Dr. Gurecka since 2005. Heather enjoys building a trusting relationship with patients to make each dental appointment a pleasant experience. She enjoys an active lifestyle in the community.


Dental Hygienist

Christina has a bachelor of science education from Cal U and assisting/ dental hygiene from Pitt and graduated in 1988​. Her family moved to the south hills from Belmont​,​ M​A​. She and her ​​husband have 2 children both attending Pitt for​ dental​ hygiene​.​


Dental Hygienist

Pricilla received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty University. She is passionate about oral health and helping her patients better understand the oral-systemic health link. She enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and working on art projects.

Outside the office

2017 Staff Holiday Party

Dr. Gurecka and Staff have some fun at a Giant Eagle Market District cooking class




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