What makes a great dental professional?

Thanks to the creation of Dental Specialists of Florida, a general and cosmetic dentistry specialty practice that emerged from the successful Orthodontic Specialists of Florida, a specialty Orthodontics group that has operated statewide for almost 30 years, Floridians will now have access to unparalleled total specialty smile care under one roof. With this launch comes the opportunity to build an all-star team of dentists and dental professionals to complement an outstanding Orthodontic group. So, in wanting to recruit, develop and retain the most dedicated and experienced dental professionals in the state of Florida, we ask: “What makes a great dental professional?” Since we’re seeking the best, we thought sharing what we’re looking for would help set a standard for what patients should expect during a visit to Orthodontic Specialists of Florida and Dental Specialists of Florida.

Love assisting the Dentist, Orthodontist and patients every day! You have to thrive on a team, enjoy making people feel better and want to help colleagues succeed, all while knowing that a Dental professional is the single most important person when it comes to coordinating the treatment team and keeping the patient comfortable.

Be knowledgeable, attentive to detail and personable. A Dental professional should be able to help the patient communicate effectively with the dentist or orthodontist, and the dentist or orthodontist communicate with the patient throughout the entire treatment period. Because dental professionals are often the first to see the patient and must field initial questions, manage concerns and ease anxieties, being knowledgeable is crucial. Patients should trust that a Dental professional is always by their side to ensure every visit to Orthodontic Specialists of Florida and Dental Specialists of Florida is the very best it can be.

Professional integrity and management skills are essential! Before joining our group, you must demonstrate that you take pride in your work and the role you play in the treatment team, in addition to exhibiting consistent professional commitment to outstanding conduct. Making the right choice—every time—is imperative given the amount of private patient information Dental professionals manage on a daily basis.

Enjoy learning and mastering the latest technologies, and be dedicated to improving care. The speed at which Dental and Orthodontic technology is evolving is very exciting—as long as you continue to learn and master the most optimal technologies. Our patients deserve the best preventative treatment and intensive care, and in order to deliver it to them, we must continuously adapt new technologies, become highly proficient in their applications and ensure patients are benefiting directly, while keeping service affordable and efficient. It’s a delicate balance, but those who strive to keep learning in order to better themselves and provide better care for their patients will find their job within this industry a truly gratifying experience.

About Alan D. Shoopak, D.M.D.

Dr. Shoopak is the founder of Orthodontic Specialists of Florida and Dental Specialists of Florida, a statewide group of total specialty smile care centers treating children, adults and seniors. He attended the University of Tampa, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1982, and earned his Orthodontic Certificate in 1984. Dr. Shoopak is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and the Florida Association of Orthodontists, as well as other local, regional and national Dental Associations.