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So you want to know more about me? Well, I think a picture speaks a thousand words, so I've included a ton below. You'll start to see a theme- my girls are my everything! I have 2 beautiful daughters, Elena and Hannah, and my soul mate Elizabeth, whom I impressed enough in college as my microbiology lab partner to win her over for eternity. She and I have been married for 10 years, and she just keeps getting more beautiful as time goes on.
I could go on and on and tell you all about my dental associations and titles, but you probably don't care too much about that (but I'll tell you later anyway!) I love BBQ. Passionately. I can name the top 3 BBQ competitors on the circuit at any given time. I've had more smokers than my wife does Vera Bradley bags. My dream vacation is to go to Myron Mixon's 2 day BBQ School in Georgia. If you want to impress me, bring some BBQ rub or a bottle of BBQ sauce with you to your appointment. We will be friends for life! (I also accept peanut butter brownies and/or cookies.)
I am also a diehard Rays fan, and believe it or not, NY Giants fan, as I am from northern NJ- Pompton Lakes, to be exact. We visit Jersey every year to go to the beach. You will see some photos from my favorite place, Long Beach Island, NJ.
We are also big time Disney-philes, especially Disney cruises. We also love eating out, so if you know of a great restaurant, please share! I live right here in Apollo Beach and am desperately hoping we get some more great restaurants locally.
I went to high school locally, to Grace Christian School in Valrico, where I learned what hard work and accountability to others really means. Then I went to Clearwater Christian College where I met Elizabeth and life was never the same. I had a part time job in a dental office, but I actually was set on becoming an airline pilot. I had earned my pilot's license, and was working through the ratings, when tragedy struck my family, and we lost my mother to cancer. Long story short, I decided to change career paths, to something that I can contribute more directly to impacting lives, like the cancer doctors did for my family.
We were then off to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) for dental school, where my wife and I took part in a dental missions trip to Honduras. After graduation in 2007, I bounced around multiple dental offices as an employee, never quite finding the right place for me. So I decided to do what anyone would do in a crashing economy- quit my job, take out a huge loan and open a business! I'm pleased to say that Apollo Beach has welcomed us with open arms since day 1, and I have hundreds of pages of testimonials to prove it. In fact, click over on the testimonial page to see a sampling of those. I am super proud of the reputation we have built here, and of the long lasting and strong relationships we've built with my family of patients. We put our heart and soul into creating the strongest, most beautiful smiles possible, while striving to make our patients actually enjoy coming here. I am so proud to say we are doing it every day, and doing it well.
My favorite procedure in dentistry is the CEREC one visit crown. I get to use a computer to digitally design your new tooth, and make that crown on site with a milling machine, while we wait 20-45 minutes. It's incredible, and I feel so fortunate to be able to use this on a daily basis. It's enormously fun......... for me at least :) But seriously, you will be amazed by this machine, and will be glad you don't have to return for a second visit. Check out the pictures on the CEREC page to see how it works. (Add links to all pages referenced, i.e. CEREC should link to OUR cerec page on our website, patient testimonials as well)
Now the boring stuff:
As a dental student, I earned multiple awards for Ethics, Practice Management and Equilibration, a form of bite adjustment that involves reshaping the surfaces of the teeth. I also served as a teacher’s assistant for CEREC during my senior year, eventually returning as a clinical instructor. I’ve also lectured to local college students about careers and technology in dentistry.
I have completed a variety of courses and seminars to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and treatments, including CEREC® one-visit dentistry, full-mouth reconstruction, TMJ treatment and root canal therapy. I have over 9 years of experience with CEREC and have placed hundreds of restorations. My professional memberships include the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Association, the Hillsborough County Dental Society, and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
While planning the details of my practice, I spent countless hours studying businesses that continually exceed their clients’ expectations. I discovered that the most successful ones have a few things in common: they prioritize customer service, like Ritz-Carlton and BMW; they understand the importance of efficiency, like Southwest Airlines and Ford; and they build their reputation on innovative ideas and thinking outside the box, like IKEA, Amazon, and Williams-Sonoma. I have taken what I’ve learned and created a dental office unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, from the architecture to the personalized touch. The difference really is in the details. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
My mentor, Dr. Weihe
Our family in Honduras
It is 2014- I HAD to include a selfie!
Amy Gane is an amazing part of our team. She is highly detail-oriented and loves what she does. What does that mean for patients? Your teeth are about to get brilliantly clean. Originally from Bemus Point, New York, Amy moved to Florida to try something different. In 2003, Amy began work as an assistant at a dental office. Her manager realized her potential and recommended she pursue a career in dental hygiene. Soon after, Amy was enrolled and dedicated. She earned her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene and quickly became a valued member of our crew. Amy's friendly personality has been fantastic with patients who sincerely appreciate the job she does for them. When asked why she wanted to work in hygiene, Amy says, "When I was younger my Dad needed dental care. I saw him go through a lot of pain and needless extractions. I told myself, 'One day I am going to help someone like you'. And now, working at South Bay Dentistry, I can."
Sorry guys, this one’s taken! Amy is proudly engaged to her Colombian "Dreamboat", Alex. Look for stunning wedding photos soon.