226 Whetherburn Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
412-759-5869

To learn more about each member of our team, click on their name below.

Our Anesthesiologists
Brian M. Melnick MD

Dr. Melnick is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who earned his M.D. degree at the Milton Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University. He has been the Chief Anesthesiologist at the Waterfront Surgery Center since May 2003. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2003. Dr. Melnick has served as an Assistant Professor for the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology. He has also served as a Staff Anesthesiologist at Eye and Ear Hospital, Magee-Women’s Hospital, Presbyterian University Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center-South Surgery Center. Dr. Melnick is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Allegheny County Medical Society, and a Charter Member of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia.

Mark A. Troiano MD

Dr. Troiano is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who graduated from Temple University Medical School, and completed his residency and fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Troiano has been the Medical Director and Chief Anesthesiologist at the Edgeworth Commons Surgical Center since it's opening in April 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Waterfront Anesthesia Associates. Dr. Troiano has held the position of Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, was the Medical Director and Chief Anesthesiologist at UPMC West Surgical Center, and an Anesthesiologist at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Troiano is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiology.

H. Elizabeth Balliet MD

Dr. Balliet is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who earned her MD degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto California. Dr. Balliet completed her Anesthesia residency at The University of Maryland Hospital. She has been a staff anesthesiologist for Waterfront Anesthesia since 2007. Dr. Balliet also served as a staff anesthesiologist at Eye and Ear Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Forbes Regional Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Other staff assignments include Chambersburg Hospital and Surgery Center, Ellwood City Hospital and Latrobe Area Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dr. Balliet has significant experience in both adult and pediatric anesthesia, as well as acute post-operative pain management. Dr. Balliet is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

Joseph R. Casario DO

Dr. Casario is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who graduated from Westminster College and earned his DO degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been a staff anesthesiologist for Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since August 2011. He completed his anesthesia residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Casario was also a staff anesthesiologist at Allegheny General Hospital, St. Clair Hospital and Washington Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists.

Our Anesthetists
Tracie Huffman CRNA

Tracie Huffman has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1980. She earned her nursing degree at the Shadyside School of Nursing in Pittsburgh and completed her anesthesia specialty certification at the Westmoreland Latrobe School of Nurse Anesthesia. Tracie has been a Staff Anesthetist since 2008 and Lead CRNA at the Waterfront Surgery Center with Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2009. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Deanna Nelson CRNA

Dee Nelson has been a Certificated Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1991. She earned her nursing degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and completed her anesthesia specialty certificate at the Westmoreland Latrobe School of Nurse Anesthesia. Dee has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2004 and Lead CRNA at the Edgeworth Commons Surgery Center since 2007. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

James Weber CRNA

James Weber has been a Certiifed Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1999. He earned his nursing degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University. James completed his anesthesia certification at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nurse Anesthesia. He has been a staff anesthetist since 2012. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist.

Colleen Happel CRNA

Colleen Happel has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1991. She earned her nursing degree at Villa Maria College and completed her anesthesia specialty certificate at St. Francis Hospital School of Anesthesia. She also obtained her Masters in Health Science at La Roche College in 1991. Colleen has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2004. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Rosemary Lyon CRNA

Rosemary Lyon has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1974. She earned her nursing degree at Columbia Hospital School of Nursing and completed her anesthesia certificate at Mercy Hospital School of Anesthesia. Rosemary has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia Associate since 2006. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Toni Burke CRNA

Toni Burke has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 2000. She earned her nursing degree at the University of Pittsburgh and completed her anesthesia specialty certification at St. Francis Medical School of Anesthesia. Toni has been a staff CRNA since 2012. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Lauren M. Danks CRNA

Lauren Danks has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 2007. She earned her nursing degree at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park PA and completed her anesthesia specialty certificate at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauren has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia since 2013. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Karen Florian CRNA

Karen Florian has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1985. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her anesthesia certificate at St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Anesthesia in Worcester, MA. Karen has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia since 2003. She is an ACLS and BLS instructor for UPMC. Karen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Paula Huffman CRNA

Paula Huffman has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1975. She earned her nursing degree from Washington Hospital School of Nursing and completed her anesthesia certificate at Washington Hospital School of Anesthesia. Paula also earned her Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia from California College. Paula has been a staff anesthetist at Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2006. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Barbara Kline CRNA

Barb Kline has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1986. She earned her nursing degree from Duquesne University, and completed her anesthesia certificate at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia. Barb has been a staff anesthetist with Waterfront Anesthesia Assoicates since 2012. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Debbie Pigozzi CRNA

Debbie Pigozzi has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1979. She earned her nursing degree from CCAC and completed her anesthesia certificate at the McKeesport Hospital School of Anesthesia. Debbie has been a staff anesthetist at Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2009. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Mary Semich CRNA

Mary Semich has been a certified registered nurse anethetist since 1990. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her Masters in Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Mary completed her certification as a Nurse Anesthetist at the University Health Center of PIttsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses. She has been a staff anesthetist for Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2011. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Sharon Weaver CRNA

Sharon Weaver haws been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 1988. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her anesthesia certificate at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia. Sharon has been a staff anesthetist at Waterfront Anesthesia Associates since 2009. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Nancy Buccilli CRNA Jessica Devine CRNA
Jessica Griffin CRNA Michele Kolowitz CRNA
Melinda Necciai CRNA Ralph Ruggiero CRNA
Kimberly Wysocki CRNA Kathleen Zapp CRNA