Meet The Team
Dr. Shea Sammons
Dr. Shea Sammons was raised in Estero, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and completed a one-year General Practice Residency at the Malcolm Randall Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida; the residency program provided additional training in caring for medically compromised patients in both outpatient and operating room settings. Dr. Sammons went on to practice general dentistry for three years in Lakeland, Florida. While working in general dentistry, Dr. Sammons realized her true passion was caring for pediatric patients, so she completed an additional residency in Pediatric Dentistry through the University of Florida. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist with specialized knowledge and skills to care for your child. Dr. Sammons is excited for the opportunity to return to Estero to provide excellent dental care for the children of Southwest Florida.
Dr. Sammons maintains active membership in the following organizations: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, West Coast District Dental Association, Polk County Dental Society, University of Florida Academy of Alumni and Friends, and University of Florida Pedo Gators.
Dr. Jordan Tarver
Dr. Jordan Tarver knew early in his education that he wanted to work with children and feels privileged to help the pediatric community become lifelong dental patients. He exhibits a true passion for treating children and an exuberant enthusiasm for promoting good oral health. He firmly believes that all children should be treated as if they were members of his own family. Dr. Tarver grew up in Lakeland, Florida and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Davidson College in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry for both dental school and his pediatric dental residency. Dr. Jordan Tarver is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Tarver maintains active memberships in the following organizations: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, West Coast District Dental Association, Polk County Dental Society, Tampa Bay Pediatric Dental Association, University of Florida Academy of Alumni and Friends, and University of Florida Pedo Gators.
What Sets Us Apart
We are specialists in Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric Dentistry is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. A pediatric dentist provides comprehensive oral health care for children of all ages, including those with special health care needs. A pediatric dentist has completed at least two years of additional training beyond the usual four years of dental school required to become a general dentist. This extra training emphasizes a child’s growth and development, the developing psyche, how to best manage a child’s anxiety and behavior in the dental office, and other topics specific to children’s dentistry. The proper and safe use of nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, intravenous sedation, and hospital dentistry are very important components of a pediatric dental residency.
Not all pediatric dentists are board certified. Dr. Shea Sammons and Dr. Jordan Tarver are Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. This means that they have successfully completed an accredited pediatric dental residency program and voluntary pediatric dental board examinations. Their credentials have been verified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and they are qualified to provide exceptional dental care for your child.