About Your Dentist

Tara Griffin, DMD

"Dentistry is more than fixing teeth. A beautiful, healthy smile is a reflection of how you feel, and dentistry allows me to enhance the overall quality of life for my patients."

My Mission

"I strive to provide exceptional, comprehensive care for my patients by focusing not only on their oral health, but also their total health and wellness. My commitment to excellence shows my passion for providing the best care to my patients. Emphasis on patient comfort, as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry, enables me to provide my patients with exceptional care in a compassionate environment."

Education

Millikin University, Bachelor of Science – Decatur, IL (1994)

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Lexington, KY (1998)

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

In 2000, Dr. Griffin successfully completed a General Practice Residency through the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and began her private practice career. As a general dentist, she has maintained a private group practice with an in-house laboratory, providing comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, preventative and sedation dentistry, as well as treatment of TMJ disorders, snoring and sleep apnea.

Dr. Griffin has dedicated many hours to postgraduate education, as she feels it is imperative to continue the learning process throughout her career in order to stay current on materials and procedures in dentistry to provide the best treatment for her patients. She received her Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007, and she's also completed advanced training in cosmetics, occlusion, TMD and dental sleep medicine through a variety of distinguished organizations, including Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Griffin maintains memberships in many professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Florida Dental Association, and American Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Griffin was raised in a small town in Southern Illinois. Family is extremely important to Dr. Griffin, and she cherishes spending quality time with her two children, Alexa and Logan. Together, they enjoy going to the beach, snorkeling, swimming, Disney, and everything else that Florida life has to offer. Dr. Griffin enjoys being active, and her hobbies include exercising, biking and playing tennis in her spare time.

Thomas Lane, DMD

"A smile is the universal welcome"- Max Eastman

My Mission

“To provide my patients with the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”

Education

Jackson Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration – Miami FL, Medical and Surgical Practice Residency

University of Florida College of Dentistry – Gainesville, FL, Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry

Tulane University – New Orleans, LA, Bachelor of Science

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Lane is an active member in American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Atlantic Coast Dental Association, Sigma XI, Delta Tau Delta, Broward County Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration and Seattle Study Club. Dr. Lane serves as Board Member for the National Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped/Dental Lifeline Network.

Professional Excellence

Dr. Lane began his interest in Dentistry at age 8 when he met Dr Peter Dawson, one of America’s foremost clinicians and educators. Dr Dawson’s enthusiasm and kindness sparked an interest and goal for Dr Lane that never wavered. Dr. Lane, a St Petersburg Florida native, attended UF college of dentistry where he graduated in the top of his class. He then attended Univerity of Miami Veterans Administration residency in hospital dentistry and advanced surgery. Dr. Lane was fortunate to meet Dr. Richard Saal in Fort Lauderdale Florida, a Pankey trained dentist who transitioned his practice over to Dr. Lane. Dr. Lane has been active in many dental organizations over the years including the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Atlantic coast and Broward county Dental Association. He has also held membership in many advanced educational dental organizations such as Pankey, Dawson, Spear and Seattle study clubs. This education and teaching has allowed Dr. Lane to give his patients the highest quality dentistry in a compassionate and high service environment.

Dr. Lane has also given back to his community through philanthropy and community service. His family has always emphasized that being in service to others was the highest role an individual should aspire to. His compassion and honor for everyone carries through to his commitment with patient care

Healthcare for Dr. Lane is about relationships, trust, knowledge and education. We hope you are able to be part of our family of patients and experience the relationships that last a lifetime.