About Connections Dental
Dr. Jason Choorapuzha
Born and raised in Southwestern, PA, Dr. Jason Choorapuzha grew up in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Fox Chapel High School. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh on a full academic scholarship, earning a BS in Psychology and a BA in Philosophy. He has fond memories of rising extremely early in order to train and race as a coxswain on the prestigious University of Pittsburgh rowing club.
Dr. Choorapuzha received his DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, where he was honored to serve for two years as his class Vice President and then for two years as his class President. He was initiated into the prestigious Sigma Chapter of the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity and in his fourth year he received the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award.
Following dental school, Dr. Choorapuzha completed his General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. During the one-year residency, he received top honors for his speech “Kidney Disease and the Dental Practitioner” at the Minnesota Dental Association's Star of the North Meeting. It was also during this time that Dr. Choorapuzha met his wife, Lydia.
After working for three years for a non-profit dental group in Minneapolis, specializing in geriatric and special needs patients, Dr. Choorapuzha returned to Pittsburgh. He is enjoying getting to know the community of his Oakmont practice, Connections Dental; he resides in the North Hills with his wife and their young sons, Mark and Adam.
Dr. Richard DeFilippo
Dr. DeFilippo is a native of Pittsburgh, having graduated from Central Catholic High School in Oakland. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, having served as President of the Biology Undergraduate Association. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Pitt as well.
He served his residency in general practice at the United States Public Health Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. After residency, he served two years in the National Health Service Corps, providing healthcare to the under-served of rural America.
After practicing as an associate in a general practice, he opened his private practice in Oakmont--at the same time, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
He taught at the University as a part time faculty member for twenty years, last serving as an Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics and director of Occlusion, where he taught the pre-doctoral students as well as lecturing to the residents in maxillo-facial prosthodontics.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer healthcare provider at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
While remaining in private practice, he continues to teach dental students in the preceptorship program in the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh through the Catholic Charities Clinic as well as lecturing the General Practice Residents at Allegheny General Hospital.
He has lectured Nationally as well as Internationally on the subject of Temporomandibular disorders and the management of muscle related pain and dysfunction.