Meet the Team

Accessible Dental has formed a team of qualified professionals with experience and compassion in working with individuals with disabilities. Our team consists of dentists, anesthesiologists, oral surgeons, nurses, and dental support staff — all of whom are familiar and dedicated to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ADS will offer Professional Anesthesia Services by our anesthesia team, if required, as a necessary measure to ensure a complete and thorough dental examination, including any restorative services.

Dr. David Pavasko, DMD
Dental Director

Dr. Pavasko graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1988. After completing a one year General Practice Residency at Montifiore Hospital, he received a General Practice Dental Residency Certificate in 1989. Dr. Pavasko has been in private practice since 1989, serving patients with special needs since 1996. He has chaired and sat on Dental Advisory committees for Insurance Companies, and The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. In addition to his private practice Dr. Pavasko is presently the Dental Director for Unison Health Plans, he also sits on Unison’s Medical and Dental Credentialing Committees.

Karen Noah R.N.
Vice President of ADS Operations

Karen Noah is a Registered Nurse and has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 15 years. Karen currently provides oversight to all aspects of Accessible Dental Services. Her experience and passion for quality in health care translates into a positive experience for each Accessible Dental Services’ patient.

Dr. Pat Franceschelli, DMD
Anesthesia Director

Dr. Franceschelli is a 1979 graduate of The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. After completing a two-year residency in Anesthesiology at UPMC he was appointed staff anesthesiologist at Presbyterian University Hospital. In 1983, he founded Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates dedicated to providing anesthesia services to dental patients with emphasis on patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Franceschelli is Board Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Walter Laverick, DMD, MS, RPh.

Dr. Laverick has been a private practice Dentist Anesthesiologist in the Pittsburgh area with Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates for over 30 years.  He also holds a teaching position within the Anesthesia Department at the School of Dental Medicine.  He started his professional career with Pharmacy at Duquesne University, earned his Dental degree and Anesthesia residency with the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Dental Anesthesiology.  He currently resides in Moon Township, Pennsylvania with his wife Jo Ann and daughter Lauren.