What Sets us Apart

The dentistry we practice is unlike anything you've ever experienced. Through advanced dental science and a comprehensive, systemic approach to dental care, we significantly improve the oral health and overall well-being of our patients. We provide the following advanced benefits that are not typically available to Lancaster patients:

  • • Durable, long-lasting restorations & appliances
  • • Experienced implant dentistry
  • • Focus on esthetics with all restorations
  • • High-quality technology & materials
  • • Superior in-chair comfort
    • ○ Fear-reduction techniques for less discomfort and stress
  • • One-visit crown procedures
    • ○ Convenient dental care
    • ○ No waiting
    • ○ No temporaries
    • ○ Fewer office visits
  • • Systemic health focus
  • • Enhanced quality of life

Additionally, we believe that the finest possible dental care is only possible when philosophy, attitude, experience, training, and teamwork — supported by state-of-the-art equipment and procedures — come together. We proudly embody these overarching values, as well as take a personal approach to dental care, taking our patients' individual needs and goals into consideration.

We are preemptive. We address problems thoroughly at the very beginning of treatment, instead of offering less complete solutions that will eventually lead to larger problems.

We are comprehensive. Our team addresses not only oral health but also considers important life-enhancing issues such as a patient's bite, facial structure, and even general health factors such as the effect of oral disease on the cardiovascular system.

And lastly, our patients' sense of well-being is critically important to us. Exquisite aesthetic results lead to a sense of confidence and self-esteem some may have never experienced.

Ultimately, your experience at Dentistry for Life will change your life.

Meet our Doctors

Dr. Jason T. Herres

Dr. Jason T. Herres

Dr Herres was raised in Wellsboro, a rural town in northern Pennsylvania , and attended undergraduate school at Lycoming College in Williamsport. While he was in dental school at Temple University, he was the recipient of the prestigious health professional scholarship program from the United States Navy. Upon receiving his degree in dental medicine, Dr. Herres was accepted into a one-year residency in advanced education of general Dentistry (AEGD) at the Naval Hospital Great Lakes at the Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL.

After graduating from his AEGD Residency, Dr. Herres was selected to establish and run a comprehensive dental practice at sea on board the Navy’s newest warship, the U.S.S. MESA VERDE. He served in that capacity for three years, with responsibilities including the dental care of 364 sailors and 1,100 marines. His time on board included two deployments and humanitarian relief in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. At the end of his naval career, Dr. Herres was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his diligence and the excellence in care he provided for his sailors. It was during his residency training that Dr. Herres’ passion for a subspecialty in Periodontics (Gum Tissue Diseases) and Implantology arose. During the time his ship was ported in Norfolk, VA he completed a three-year independent study in Periodontics and implant placement with four of the Navy’s top Periodontists.

Dr. Herres strongly believes in continuing education and strives to achieve the highest level of patient care. He has completed a one-year fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. Upon the completion of the fellowship, he is board-eligible for the American Board of Oral Implantology and is actively seeking the certification.

Dr Herres received the Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship Award, June 2015. As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. Herres joins more than 6,400 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. Less than 2% of practicing dentists have received this award.

Dr Herres received the International Congress of Oral Implantologist Fellowship Award in August of 2014. The International Congress of Oral Implantologists dates back to 1972. The ICOI is the world’s largest dental implant-focused continuing education provider. The organization is focused on advancing the “science and quality of the practice of implant dentistry.”

Recently, Dr Herres completed a year long training session in IV anesthesiology through Allegeheny General, Duquane Univeristy and Pittsburg University. It is with this additional training that he hopes to break down the barrier of dental fears for anxious patients.

Dr Herres resides in Elizabethtown, the hometown of his wife, the former April Perry. He and his wife have 3 young children, Benjamin, Ella and Julia. As the father of a young and growing family, Dr. Herres understands how important oral health is to parents. He is looking forward to providing superior care for the families of the Lancaster areas for many years to come.


Dr. Matthew P. Patterson

Dr. Matthew P. Patterson

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies (B.A., English Literature) at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Patterson began his dental training at Temple University´s School of Dentistry. After earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1985, he served for three years in the United States Navy, at NAS Pensacola, Florida. His experiences were many and his further education rigorous. His patients included the elite Blue Angels flight demonstration team, among others, and Dr. Patterson served aboard the historic aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lexington. While on shore, he was selected to advance his training in Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery. He trained in Forensic Dentistry at Eglin Air Force Base and at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Dr. Patterson and his family returned to Lancaster in 1988 to enter private practice. With an unswerving commitment to stay at the leading edge of his profession, Dr. Patterson has aggressively pursued continuing education and training, both for himself and his staff. He returns on a regular basis to the L.D. Pankey Institiute to further his training.

Dr. Patterson´s areas of special interest include Preventive Dentistry, Dental Implantology, Dental Aesthetics and Forensic Dentistry. Currently, he serves as the Forensic Dentist for The Duffy's Cut Project. He maintains active memberships in the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Lancaster County Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the American Society of Forensic Odontology. Both Dr. Patterson and his wife, the former Sarah Breneman, are native Lancastrians. They share interests in music, athletics and the arts. They have three children and are active in the Lancaster community.


Dr. Vincent P Votilla

Dr. Vincent P Votilla

Dr. Votilla studied biology at the University of Dayton, graduating in 1981. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University’s School of Dentistry four years later. He relocated to Lancaster in 1987, attracted by the wonderful people and bucolic lifestyle. He has been providing stellar dental care to his patients for over 23 years.

Dr. Votilla maintains active memberships in the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Lancaster County Dental Society, and the Lancaster Chapter of the Seattle Study Club. He has pursued significant advanced training both at the L.D. Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education. Dr. Votilla has completed advanced, hands-on training for aesthetic dentistry through the Aesthetic Advantage Program at New York University’s School of Dentistry.

His chief areas of concentration are Dental Aesthetics, Dental Implantology, and the Invisalign System. Dr. Votilla thoroughly enjoys providing individualized, comprehensive care and the relationships that he has been able to establish with his patients while doing so.

Dr. Votilla resides in Lancaster with his three children. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.


Discover Advanced Dentistry.

Our patients often tell us the dentistry we practice is like nothing they have ever experienced. It's more thorough, more state-of-the-art, and more tailored to meet individual needs. That's because Dentistry for Life is not only the name of our practice; it embodies a philosophy that's a radical departure from the way most dentistry is delivered today. Your visit to our practice will not only benefit your oral health but the quality of your overall health and happiness, now and in the future. To learn more about what your dental visit will be like at our practice, click here.