Our Lancaster, PA Dental Office Staff
Crognale & Collins Family Practice
Meet our dentists below as well as our talented and friendly staff, who are our most valuable asset. Our administrative side of business runs smoothly because of Jenny and Sharon, and Danielle works as our full-time dental hygienest.
We have been very fortunate in being able to hire four excellent dental assistants. You can read more about their education and qualifications in the individual profiles below.
We are excited to meet you and hope you can learn a little more about us here!
Meet Our Team
Dr. Steven D. Crognale, DDS
Steven D. Crognale earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Temple University in 1979. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate in a dental practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania before opening his own dental practice with his wife, Dr. Patricia A. Collins, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1981. Dr Steve was a 1970 graduate of Greenville High School in Greenville, PA, a 1974 graduate of Albright College with a degree in biochemistry, and completed one year of a biochemistry masters program at the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing dentistry.
Over the years, Dr. Crognale has taken extensive training in implant dentistry. Most recently attended an extensive surgical course at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has restored hundreds of cases and has placed over 300 dental implants.
Dr Crognale also completed the curriculum at the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Studies. This is additional training in complex restorative dentistry.
Dr Crognale has 30 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. He was an early user of veneers to improve smiles. You can see his work in the smile gallery. All the cases you see there were done by the doctors in this office.
Dr Steve has a number of interests outside of the dental office. He is an avid golfer, and enjoys hunting and fishing. He can often be found at Stern's Lake, north of Scranton, reconnecting with his college buddies while fishing. He has recently taken up woodworking, and enjoys home improvement projects.
Dr. Patricia A. Collins, DDS
Patricia A. Collins earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University in 1979. She completed a BS in Chemistry at Chestnut Hill College in 1974, and was a 1970 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
After graduation from dental school, Dr Collins entered a one-year general practice residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania before joining her husband, Dr. Steven Crognale, in Lancaster in 1981.
Dr Collins has always pursued continuing education on a variety of subjects. She was an instructor in Radiology at Temple. Her radiologic interpretation skills are exemplary.
Dr. Melissa M. Crognale, DMD
Melissa M. Crognale earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in 2008 with honors. She completed a BS in biology at Dickinson College in 2004 and is a 2000 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School.
Dr Melissa is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry and is currently pursuing her Fellowship in the Academy. She has studied under Gordon Christensen in Provo, Utah, and is beginning to study under Frank Spear.
She spent six years working at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, the Federally Qualified Health Center in Lancaster City. She was a member of the National Health Service Corps for three years while there.
Dr Melissa is passionate about public healthcare and outreach, and has completed four international medical mission trips to the countries of Haiti, Brazil, and Guatemala (twice).
Dr Melissa resides in Lancaster with her spouse and three children, and enjoys long distance running, reading the New York Times, listening to NPR, and getting away to the beach.
Danielle is our full-time dental hygienist. She graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA in 2003 and joined our team the same year. She has been a valuable addition to our dental staff for the past 12 years.
Danielle takes great pleasure in getting to know our patients on a personal level. She finds great satisfaction in providing them with superior care in a relaxing atmosphere.
Julie is our fill-in hygienist. She is currently helping us out while Danielle is on maternity leave.
Sharon joined our front desk team in 2013. She handles many of our insurance questions. Her friendly disposition and good sense of humor have helped to ease the nerves of even our most anxious patients.
Jenny joined our front desk staff in 2013. She loves meeting new people and facing the everyday challenges of a dental office. Jenny's warm personality and smile will be the first thing to greet you as you walk through our front door. Jenny handles all of the billing inquiries for the front desk.
Jenny has worked in the dental field for 10 years. She enjoys spending time outside of work with her husband and three children.
Kim became a dental assistant in 1995. She furthered her education by becoming an expanded function dental assistant in 2005. She has worked for our office since 1999 and knows all of our patients very well. Her attention to detail and extensive experience keeps our office running smoothly.
Heather became a certified dental assistant in 2001 and an expanded function dental assistant in 2003. She has been with our practice since 2001. She routinely places fillings for our patients, and takes great pride in a job well done.
Outside of work, Heather is busy raising her young daughter, and spending time with her family.
Kathy is an EFDA (expanded function dental assistant). She first entered the dental field in 1981 as a dental assistant. She joined our office in 2004 and has been a helpful and enthusiastic addition to our team ever since.
When not at work, Kathy enjoys spending time with her 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Samantha is the newest edition to our staff! She finished dental assisting school in 2015 and is excited to begin her career at our office.
Azalia recently joined our team to help as an aid to our dental assistants. She oversees cleanup and setup, and does restocking. We are delighted to welcome her to the team.
Azalia lives in Lancaster. She works full time at a medical daycare as a C.N.A. working with children who have medical needs. She enjoys painting, cooking, going for hikes, spending time with friends and family, and babysitting Dr Melissa's kids! Azalia enjoys spending her Fridays at the dental office with all of the great staff and patients. She is eager to learn and explore new things!