The Doctors

Alan D. Shoopak, DMD

Dr. Alan Shoopak

Dr. Shoopak attended the University of Tampa where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. He graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1982 and earned his Orthodontic Certificate there in 1984.

Dr. Shoopak is the founder of Orthodontic Specialists of Florida, a group of orthodontic offices throughout the state Florida.  All practices are neighborhood offices with convenient hours, personal and professional patient care, no down payment options and affordable monthly payment arrangements.  OSOF is dedicated to making orthodontic care affordable for everyone.

Dr. Shoopak is a member of the American Dental Association, The Florida Dental Association, The West Coast Dental Association, The American Association of Orthodontics, The Southern Association of Orthodontics, The Florida Association of Orthodontics, The American Academy of Head, Neck, Facial Pain and TMJ Orthopedics, and The TMJ Institute of America, as well as other local and regional dental societies.

Dennis J.L. Buchman, DMD, MS

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Dr. Buchman attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies and then graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1977. He then received his Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science degree from West Virginia University in 1979. Dr. Buchman entered private practice in 1979 and was one of the founding doctors in Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. He served as Executive Vice President and Board Member of OCA, Inc. from 2001 to 2007.

He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, and Florida Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Buchman lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife.

Daniel D. Barry, DMD, MDS

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Dr. Barry received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University and his General Dentistry Residency Certificates from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Dental School. He received his Master of Dental Science degree and Orthodontic Specialty Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Barry is a board-certified Orthodontic Specialist by the American Board of Orthodontics, which qualifies him to treat even the most difficult orthodontic cases to the highest standard. Continuing Education is very important in Dr. Barry’s career. He completes many continuing education topics every year and has authored and co-authored several articles in scientific journals.

Dr. Barry is an active member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, and Leon County Dental Society.

He is married and has two grown children, Michael and Darius. In his leisure time, he enjoys tennis, soccer, and cycling.

Jason D. Barlock, DMD

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Dr. Barlock received his Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University, followed by a D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine. After working in private practice as a general dentist, Dr. Barlock decided to further his education, receiving his specialty certificate in orthodontics from Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics.

Dr. Barlock is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association, as well as local and regional dental associations.

Dr. Barlock enjoys sports, fishing, and the outdoors in sunny SW Florida.

James B. Hodge III, DDS (RETIRED)

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Our own Dr. Hodge (Pete) retired January 30, 2016 after giving over 20-years of undeniable, dedicated, selfless-service to Orthodontic Specialists of Florida. (Read More)

Leo J. Durrett, DDS

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With a father in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Durrett spent his early school years traveling and living around the world from Japan to the Portuguese Azores and attended almost 20 schools before starting college.

Late in high school he had the desire to be an orthodontist as the result of his own prior treatment. Living in the Midwest at the time, he then attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for his undergraduate and dental degrees. Following that was a period spent teaching dentistry at Creighton before moving to Chicago to attend the orthodontic specialty program at the University of Illinois.

With fond memories of the short time he lived there, Dr. Durrett moved to Florida from Chicago after finishing his orthodontic training. He has resided in St. Petersburg ever since with his wife, whom he met at Creighton, and three children who are now grown. Each attended only two schools before going to the University of Florida. His oldest son is practicing dentistry; the other son is an ophthalmologist, and his daughter is an orthodontist – all practice on Florida’s West Coast.

Dr. Durrett spends much of his spare time developing medical and dental software programs and recreationally enjoys long bicycle excursions. He believes he spends his best times with his family, including his five grandchildren.

Piero G. Palacios, DDS, MS

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Dr. Palacios is originally from Nicaragua. He graduated from the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington Connecticut, from where he received a Master in Dental Science and a Graduate Certificate in Orthodontics, as well as an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) certificate. His education in the principles of biomechanics and straight wire technique has honed his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning of surgical and multi-disciplinary cases. He received a doctor in dental surgery (DDS) and a bachelor of science (BS) degree from the University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala.

Dr. Palacios’ studies have received numerous recognitions; he served as chief resident while he was at UConn, and his cases have been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. He is an Invisalign® premier provider and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf and squash.

Keisha N. Alexander, DDS, MS

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Dr. Keisha Alexander attended Florida International University for her undergraduate studies and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College in 2004. She then pursued her post-doctoral degree in Orthodontics and Dental Facial Orthopedics and received her Master of Science Degree and Orthodontic certificate in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is proficient in early treatment for children, adult orthodontics, Invisalign®, and patients requiring a combined orthognathic surgery/orthodontic regime. Dr. Alexander prides herself in providing the highest quality orthodontic care in the most gentle and efficient manner possible.

Dr. Alexander received her dental license in Florida in 2008. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, and Florida Dental Association.

Mitra Parsa, DDS

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Dr. Parsa received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was granted her Florida State Dental License in 1998. Dr. Parsa gained her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Orthodontics in 2007 from Jacksonville University. She is board certified and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association.

Dr. Parsa has 15 years of experience in general dentistry and was a part-time faculty member at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. She also was a volunteer at Jacksonville Health Department’s Dental Clinic providing orthodontic evaluations. Some of her interests include volunteering at Jacksonville Health Department and teaching. Dr. Parsa is married with two children and resides in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Justin R. Chisari, DMD, MS

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Dr. Justin Chisari is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he received his dental degree as well as his specialty certificate in orthodontics. During his orthodontic residency, he received training in the treatment of children, teens, and adults using many different orthodontic methods, types of braces, and oral appliances. Additionally, he received certification in Invisalign® and was the chief resident while in his orthodontic program. Upon completing his three-year specialty training, Dr. Chisari moved to the South Florida area where he was born and raised. Dr. Chisari is an Orthodontic Specialist and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association.

To provide the best and most innovative care available, Dr. Chisari attends orthodontic conferences and continuing education courses every year throughout the country. Dr. Chisari is focused on providing the highest quality care to all of his patients and is committed to excellence. In his spare time, Dr. Chisari enjoys being with his wife and their two children and enjoys traveling, cooking, and automobiles.

Seanica Howe, DDS

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Dr. Howe attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry for her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, after which she served as a junior member of the dental school’s faculty. In 2001, she moved to South Florida and pursued her post-doctoral degree in orthodontics. Shortly after, she received her Orthodontics Certificate from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, and the Florida Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Howe has maintained successful practices in Florida as well as her home state of Missouri. In addition to practicing orthodontics and participating in a profession that she loves, Dr. Howe also devotes much of her time to the arts. Last year she received her Master’s Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art. She maintains an art blog and routinely writes for major publications in an effort to increase public interest in the arts.

Ioan Pablo Palacios, DDS, MDS

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Dr. Ioan Palacios attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua, followed by three years of residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the University of Connecticut. After a few successful years in private practice, he completed an intense three-year specialty residency at the University of Connecticut, where he received extensive training in contemporary orthodontic treatments, leading to a Master’s degree in dental science with focus on Orthodontics, as well as a specialized diploma in postgraduate Orthodontics. He is knowledgeable in treatments of both children and adults’ orthodontic problems. His philosophy is achieving the best results and performing at fullest potential at all times. Dr. Palacios believes that every case needs to be treated in a unique way and patients need to have a great experience during the course of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Palacios maintains his status of specialist in good standing; In addition to the prestigious membership to the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Palacios is an active member of numerous dental organizations, including the Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, as well as local and regional dental associations. Dr. Palacios’s philosophy is that every case need to be treated in a unique way and patients need to have a great experience during the course of orthodontic treatment. His skills include early orthodontic treatment for children; adult orthodontics; combined orthodontic surgery/orthodontic treatment to enhance facial esthetics, and application of Invisalign.

Dr. Palacios is dedicated to be at the forefront of the most recent advancements in orthodontics to provide his patients with the highest quality treatments and outstanding personalized care in a friendly welcoming environment through his top-notch knowledge and skills. He likes to run and swim, he also enjoys movies, photography, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. Through a combination of education, practical experience, and dedication to lifelong learning, Dr. Palacios has achieved the knowledge necessary to create perfect smiles for all his patients. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Palacios holds a breadth and depth of knowledge that facilitates great orthodontics.

Clark C. Browne, D.M.D.

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Dr. Clark C. Browne received his Bachelors Degree from Auburn University, followed by a D.M.D. from University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), School of Dentistry. Dr. Browne received his specialty certificate in orthodontics from UAB School of Dentistry Orthodontic Department.

Dr. Browne is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, as well as local and regional dental associations. Dr. Browne strives to treat every patient in a one on one caring personal relationship with the most effective and cosmetic treatment methods available in the world today. He is concerned with your orthodontic concerns and will try to treat you, as well as all patients, like a family member. He believes you want a beautiful smile created with the most advanced and comfortable technology in a caring, kind and gentle atmosphere of professional people and believes that’s why we are here for you.

In his spare time Dr. Browne enjoys his children, grandchildren, hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, beekeeping, gardening and sports.

Don Dau, DMD, MS

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Dr. Don Dau received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida, followed by a D.M.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Dau received his specialty certificate in orthodontics from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Dau is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, as well as local and regional dental associations.

Dr. Dau grew up in the Tampa Bay area and is excited to be a part of the community that he loves. During his free time, Dr. Dau enjoys playing basketball, golf, and fishing.

Aaron Shoopak, DMD

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Dr. Aaron Shoopak grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He then moved to Boston and received his D.M.D. and specialty certificate in orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Dr. Shoopak was the chief resident during his orthodontic residency, and became proficient in many contemporary orthodontic techniques, including Invisalign®, for treating children, teens, and adults. Dr. Shoopak strives to provide exceptional orthodontic treatment in the most efficient and enjoyable manner for his patients.

Dr. Shoopak is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, as well as other local and regional dental associations.

In his free time, Dr. Shoopak enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and dogs. He also enjoys playing sports, fishing, wakeboarding, and SCUBA diving.

Written byOrthodontic Specialists of Florida September 20, 2013