Dr. Ryan Buehner

Dr. Ryan Buehner is a native of Minersville, Pennsylvania, a small town just outside of Pottsville in Schuylkill County.  His interest in dentistry started at an early age as he watched his father who also is a dentist care for patients in his home-based dental practice. 

Dr. Buehner received his Bachelor's Degree in Life Science from Penn State University and was awarded his Doctorate in Dentistry in 2005 from Temple University. After graduation, Dr. Buehner worked as an associate dentist before opening Hershey Dental Associates in 2010.

In order to provide his patients with the latest in dental techniques and treatment, Dr. Buehner spends more than one hundred twenty hours a year studying and completing coursework in various dental study clubs and continuing education programs.

He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, International Academy of Oral Medicine and
Toxicology, Dental Cooperative, Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry, Spears Study Club, PEAK IV Study Club, Susquehanna Implant Study Club and Harrisburg Young Professionals.

Dr. Buehner current resides in Palmyra with his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Clayton and Gavin.



Dr. Carol E Layton

Dr. Carol Layton is a biological general dentist who practices mercury free, metal free, fluoride free and mercury safe dentistry. As a 1977 graduate of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Layton has delivered dental care for the last 38 years.  She practiced in and around Pittsburgh for over 28 years.  Several career moves took her all over Pennsylvania and then to Nebraska where she did wellness counseling.  In 2010, she moved to the Harrisburg area to continue her practice because she missed the trees and mountains that Omaha didn't provide.

Dr, Layton is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.   She is member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Harrisburg Dental Society, the American Association of Women Dentists, and The Academy of General Dentistry, and in 2013, she received an award with this group for her commitment to Life Long Learning and Service.  She has served all these organizations in a leadership capacity over the years.

Even though Dr. Layton has not placed a mercury filling for over 30 years, the completion of a Traditional Naturopathic Program in 2008 launched her transformation to the area of biological dentistry. She is certified with the American Naturopathic Certification Board and was accredited in 2010 by the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (a member for many years) as a provider for "mercury safe removal."   She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, The Holistic Dental Association, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, the Weston Price Foundation and The Price-Pottinger Foundation.

Dr. Layton continued her biological training in 2012 with ozone therapy and became certified to use this method  for prevention, protection and therapy in the dental environment.  In 2014, she completed training as a Medical Naturopath and became certified with the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. She is currently studying with Innovative Medicine in New York  in the use of a method of Energy Medicine called Bioresonance Analysis for Health (BAH).

Dr. Layton feels that continuing education in the areas of traditional dentistry and biological dentistry is essential in order to provide the best possible treatment for patients that seek her care.  Dr. Layton spends many hours out of the office supporting this mission goal.

The path to wellness takes many turns.  The removal of potentially toxic materials from the body is just a piece of the puzzle.  Wellness requires a lifelong commitment to balancing body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Layton lives in the Harrisburg area and has four grown children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.



Dr Jeffrey Fortna
DMD, SMART certified

Dr. Jeffrey Fortna was born and raised here in central Pennsylvania. After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he earned a degree in biology. Dr. Fortna remained at the University of Pennsylvania to attend the school of dental medicine. After graduation from dental school Dr Fortna worked as an associate at a dental office in Lebanon, PA. After 3 years, he purchased his own practice in Hummelstown, PA where he worked for 25 years, after which he joined Hershey Dental Associates.

Dr. Fortna has done further training and has certifications in the area of dental implantology, dental and facial aesthetic application of Botox and dermal fillers, and mercury safe removal of metal dental fillings. Dr. Fortna has been married to his wife Shawn for more than 30 years and has 2 grown children, son Weston and daughter Madison. Besides dentistry, he enjoys spending time with family, sports, the outdoors and traveling.


Dr Matthew Griffith
DMD, SMART certified

Dr. Matthew Griffith (Dr. Matt) was born and raised in Minersville, PA. From a young age he was drawn to the sciences and medical professions. It was not until he attended college at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park campus when he more and more drawn to the field of dentistry. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in life science in 2012. From there he moved to west to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. Ion 2017, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. The next two years he spent working as a general dentist in Las Vegas before moving back to Pennsylvania to pursue a career at Hershey Dental Associates in Hummelstown and Buehner Family Dental in Minersville, PA. in his free time he enjoys attending live music events, traveling, watching reality television, taking online and in-person continuing education courses to keep up with the latest breakthroughs in dentistry , and spending time with friends, family, and his two cats.


Dr. Frederick Minium
DMD, SMART certified



Dr. Giacomo DiNicola