About Your Dentist

Peter J. Samuels, DDS

"A genuine smile comes from the heart, but a healthy smile needs good dental care."― Wayne Chirisa

Education

Dr. Samuels is part of a trusted 38-year tradition of providing the best that dentistry has to offer. He is a 1979 graduate of Oberlin College and a 1983 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Dentistry. Dr. Samuels also attended the prestigious Misch Implant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, completing comprehensive courses in Implant Placement and Restoration. He is continually updating himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and technology in order to provide you with the latest in comfortable, antiseptic, and personalized dental care.

Continuing Education for Professional Excellence

Dr. Samuels is committed to continuing education and has received training in IV Sedation Anesthesia from the University of Pittsburgh, Jaw Pain Treatment (TMJ) from the Pankey Institute of Graduate Dentistry, and has completed the Rosenthal Cosmetic Dentistry Course at NYU. 

Most notably, Dr. Samuels has been granted Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship is presented to dentists who are committed to pursuing professional excellence and providing the highest quality of dental care. In order to receive this distinction, Dr. Samuels completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD. As an AGD Fellow, Dr. Samuels has joined an elite group of only 6% of dentists in the U.S. and Canada who share an extraordinary dedication to the idea that great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the results of going above and beyond basic requirements. Fellowship symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care. 

Recently, Dr. Samuels completed the Mastery Program in dental sleep medicine at Tufts University, and after passing an examination, achieved diplomate status from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Samuels has also been awarded diplomate status in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association and has served as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Samuels is a member of several professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry (Fellowship Status), and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (Diplomate Status). Dr. Samuels has also served as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Julie C. Berger, DDS

"Good health begins with a great smile."

Dr. Berger’s Vision

Dr. Julie Berger is an expert in patient treatment that results in optimal oral health and outstanding dental esthetics. Her mission is to provide exceptional dental care that utilizes leading-edge procedures while ensuring that patients are comfortable, properly cared for, and relaxed during their visits. She believes that forging a partnership with every patient based on mutual trust and respect is essential to effective treatment. Every patient has a unique smile, set of requirements, and expectations, and she believes that it is her job to listen carefully and consider these facets in order to develop an individualized treatment plan that is effective, predictable, and reliable. 

Education

Dr. Berger received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA, after which she earned a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, a Certificate in Prosthodontics, and a Masters in Oral Biology from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland. Dr. Berger also completed a one-year, full-time Periodontal, Prosthetic, and Implant Fellowship where she learned to perform a variety of surgical procedures, including implant placement and both hard and soft tissue grafting. Prior to coming to Gettysburg, Dr. Berger was a full-time faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

A Specialist for Your Smile

Prosthodontics is one of the twelve specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists are dentists with advanced specialty training in creating optimal oral health, both in function and appearance, including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening. As with other dentists, prosthodontists complete four years of dental school. Like other dental specialists, prosthodontists receive additional training: three years of formal education in an American Dental Association certified program which leads to a specialty certificate. Upon completing the advanced training, prosthodontists may take an examination requiring two years or more to complete in order to become board certified. Because it is a very challenging and demanding examination, only 35 percent of all prosthodontists become board certified. Dr. Berger is currently the only board certified prosthodontist in private practice in Gettysburg and she prides herself on performing to the highest of standards in her profession.

While any general dentist can call him or herself a "cosmetic dentist," prosthodontists are specialists who are trained in examining the entire orofacial complex in order to produce the most accurate diagnosis and develop an effective, appropriate, and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Berger is a skilled architect with the expertise and advanced training to restore your smile’s function and appearance. 

Professional Memberships

Dr. Berger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, and a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the Hanover Gettysburg Area Dental Society.

Personal Life & Hobbies

Away from the office, Dr. Berger can be found spending quality time with her husband and two wonderful stepchildren. She also loves to bicycle, cook, bake, and travel. 

Astha Desai, DMD

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

My Mission

“To create trusting relationships with my patients so that they know I am providing them with the best dental care possible. I want my patients to be confident and informed about their dental health.”

Education

Dr. Desai earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She went on to receive a Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA.

Life & Hobbies

In her free time, Dr. Desai enjoys hiking, traveling, sketching, and other artistic media.