Meet Our Team

We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly, well-trained team members! We put your needs first to achieve efficient, comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs.

Our staff is highly skilled, uniquely trained and strives to provide unparalleled service to each patient. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and certifications, and years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Our staff consists of:

Pam Henderson

My name is Pam and I am a Certified Dental Assistant with 35 years of experience. I joined Dr. Purvis in 1989 as an Orthodontic Assistant. I currently hold the position of Treatment Coordinator which allows me to be the first staff member to meet all of our wonderful patients and families. Each patient and smile is unique and I am here to help you understand your specific orthodontic treatment plan and to address your financial and insurance concerns. I reside in Latrobe with my husband Brian. My son David is a recent graduate of St. Vincent College and my daughter Lauren attends Kent State University. I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. I always look forward to meeting our new patients and introducing them to the benefits of orthodontics and lifelong dental health.

Bernadette Carbone

My name is Bernadette and I am the Office Coordinator at Dr. Ken Purvis Orthodontics. I was a patient of Dr. Purvis's when I was offered an Assistant position. I held an Orthodontic assistant position for 14 years then took a break from the dental field. I came back in 2007 as the Office Coordinator. I reside outside of Latrobe with my husband Rich and our two sons, Christopher who graduated Penn State University and is residing in Philadelphia as an Architectural engineer at Pennoni. Steven who is now attending Penn State University for an engineering program. Both of our boys are Eagle Scouts and enjoy playing soccer. The best part about my job is being part of the positive and healthy results our patients get.

Sandy Beagle

My name is Sandy. I am a certified dental assistant and have x-ray certification with over 35 years of experience in the dental field. It's very rewarding to watch the transformation of our patients' teeth into beautiful smiles. In my spare time my husband and I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and sitting around our fire pit.

Kathy Dicesere

My name is Kathy and I have been with Dr. Purvis as an orthodontic assistant starting in 1982 then began taking over as Lab Technician 5 years later at our in-house lab. I fabricate all the fancy and colorful retainers along with plaster models and functional appliances for our patients. I have two amazing daughters. Gina, her husband Mark and son Jameson and I live in Ligonier in our family home. Hailee lives in Greensburg with her husband Bill and their sons Rylan, Ethan, Nolan and Brandon whom I love dearly. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Tim, walking and working in my yard and gardens.


My name is Nancy, I am a certified dental assistant, Fellow of the American Dental Assistant Association.

I was a Dental assistant for 27 years and this year 2018 I joined Dr. Purvis and his team. I live in Latrobe with my husband Dave. In our spare time we enjoy going for relaxing rides on our Honda Motorcycle. We also enjoy spending time with our 2 children, 6 grandchildren and extended family. I enjoy helping to create beautiful smiles that build confidence in a patient.

Sabre Turner

Sabre is a new assistant here at our office. She grew up in the small town of Cambridge Springs, PA. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg where she obtained a degree in biological sciences. Sabre's goals are to become an orthodontist herself- she is so thrilled to be able to gain more experience and insight in the field of dentistry while working with us! Sabre loves to spend time with her family, friends, and her dog named Beretta. She enjoys boating, skiing, camping, and anything else outdoors!

Nina Christopher

Nina has been working at our office during her summer and winter breaks from school for the last two years. She grew up in Ligonier, PA and is currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. She is majoring in Biological Sciences on the Pre-Dental track and has a minor in chemistry and studio arts. Nina aspires to one day be an orthodontist herself. Her experience at our practice has been incredibly inspiring and rewarding for her. Nina loves to travel, read, hike/camp, drink coffee, and spend time with friends and family.

Kathy Pierce

My name is Kathy and I am the Sterilization Technician/Office Assistant. I started working at the practice in August of 2020 in the COVID screening position. Three months later, I started to do sterilization. I am fairly new as an employee, but all four of my children had their braces with Dr. Purvis. I live in Ligonier with my husband Todd, our youngest Ella, who will be a sophomore at LVHS and our dog Liberty. Our son, Sam, lives in Denver, CO. Abby will be a senior at Duquesne University and Maddy will be a sophomore at Belmont University. I am excited to watch Dr. Sarah continue the healthy and positive transformation of our patients' smiles.

To experience the difference that only a well-trained, professional and courteous team can deliver, schedule your appointment with LaRue Family Orthodontics today!

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