Our History

Florida Dental Centers was established in 1981 as a traditional fee for service group practice by Paul C. Schmidt, D.D.S. and L.J. Hutchinson, D.D.S.

We offer …
  • Concerned attitude
  • Total care of our patients, rather than referral – along with our general dentists we offer specialists’ services (oral surgery, periodontics, and endodontics)
  • Five convenient offices located throughout the Tampa Bay region
  • Excellent dentistry with modest fees, no hidden costs
  • Most insurance assignments accepted
  • Same Doctor assignments upon request
  • Major credit cards accepted
  • Flexible hours of service for our patients (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Meet The Team

We are proud to boast that our dentists and specialists have over 150 years of combined experience as members of our Florida Dental Centers team. Most have been with us for more than 20 years, with two helping our patients for 30 years. Let us introduce you to our incredibly experienced and caring staff, a team of dedicated professionals with integrity and compassion.

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Florida Dental Centers is home for Dr. Hutchinson, who was raised in the practice by his father Jim, who started Florida Dental Centers with Paul Schmidt in 1981. Dr. Hutchinson graduated from Auburn University in 1993 and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1997. Missing his home state of Florida, he returned to Pinellas County as soon as his education was complete and has been working with Florida Dental Centers ever since 1998. In 2006, his role transitioned from dentist to that of co-owner and dentist when his father retired. Dr. Hutchinson considers the staff at Florida Dental Centers family, knowing many of them his entire career. He also values each and every one of his patients, who he understands are often unsure of who they can trust with their dental work. Dr. Hutchinson fishes whenever time allows and also enjoys golf and spending time with his family and good friends.
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Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Dr. Janet DeVaul received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in 1981 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Indiana School of Dentistry in 1985. She joined the Florida Dental Centers team in 1987, shortly after her career began, and has never left. Dr. DeVaul has been the heart of our practice in St. Petersburg for more than 30 years, engaging a sympathetic ear and an expert hand to care for thousands of our patients. Dr. DeVaul enjoys spending time at the gym and with her five grandsons.
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A Florida native, Dr. Bryan Tallman was born and raised in St. Petersburg and received his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from the University of Florida in 1996 and 2001. He joined Florida Dental Centers in 2002. For almost 20 years, Dr. Tallman has been dedicating his time and exceptional skills to help many patients here in his own hometown, a true gift to his community. In his free time, Dr. Tallman enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family, biking, hiking and coaching his kids’ youth sports teams. He says: “I love dentistry because it allows me to help people day in and day out improve their lives and their health. I really enjoy working with my hands and find it so rewarding to see the final product when a case is completed.”
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Dr. Lori Radford, born in Lakeland as a 5th generation Floridian, received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Immediately after earning her Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2001, she began working for Florida Dental Centers, mostly from our Largo location. For the past 20 years, Dr. Radford has been serving her community as a trusted and dedicated member of our Florida Dental Centers team, as well as a courtesy faculty member at the University of Florida Dental Clinic in Seminole, a clear indication of her selfless desire to help others. She spends her free time jogging on the St. Pete Pier, playing with her dog Claire, going to the beach with friends, and visiting family in the Panhandle.
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Dr. Diem-Trang Tu was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and then raised in Miami. Dr. Tu received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1994 and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1998. After graduating, she began practicing with Florida Dental Centers and has provided our Clearwater patients with understanding, patience and superior care for the last 20 years. Dr. Tu is a member of the Florida Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the West Coast District Dental Society. When she is not at work, she enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with family.
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Dr. Alexis del Rosario was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010 from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2017 from LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Defuniak Springs, Florida. Prior to joining Florida Dental Centers, Dr. del Rosario was an associate at a private practice in northwest Florida, and as a contract dentist, she provided treatment to the Army National Guard. An individual who truly cares about others less fortunate, Dr. del Rosario is a remote area medical volunteer and has made mission trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Peru, where her conversational Spanish skills have helped her treat many patients in need. She keeps current on the latest dental techniques and technology through Spear continuing education and study clubs, as well as through her memberships in the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. Among the many activities she enjoys in her spare time, Dr. del Rosario practices yoga, and impressively, completed RYT© 200, a 200-hour yoga teacher training registered with Yoga Alliance. She also practices meditation and enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, rock climbing, collecting house plants, and supporting the Chicago Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks sports teams, remaining true to her Chicago roots.
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A Tampa native, Dr. Syamak Ghiai received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the Case Western School of Dentistry in 1989, Dr. Ghiai stayed at the school to earn his Master of Science in Dentistry in Periodontics. Although he began his career in Cleveland, Dr. Ghiai soon returned home to Tampa and began working with Florida Dental Centers. For the past 30 years, countless patients have benefited from Dr. Ghiai’s compassion and outstanding skill and expertise, which includes extensive continuing education in the field of periodontology, specifically tissue grafting, bone grafting and implants. Dr. Ghiai has been a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American College of Oral Implantology, American Society of Osseointegration and American Dental Association. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, photography and collecting stamps. He is excited to have passed on his passion for dentistry to his daughter, who also plans to attend dental school.
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Dr. Thai Pham, originally from Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Clearwater and received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Columbia University in 2001. He then became an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology before returning to school to obtain his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the New Jersey Dental School in 2008. While practicing general dentistry part-time in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Pham earned his Endodontic Certificate from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2010. Shortly after, in 2012, he began practicing with Florida Dental Centers and quickly earned the respect and admiration of our patients and staff, who continue to trust both him and his excellent work. Dr. Pham belongs to the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and American Association of Endodontists. Outside of work, Dr. Pham likes to spend time with his wife and four children and work in the garden.
”Valiente” Dr. Ernesto Valiente, D.M.D., Oral Surgery
Dr. Ernesto Valiente is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. A native of San Juan, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico in 1987 and received his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine in 1991. After completing his residency and specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Puerto Rico Medical Center in 1995, Dr. Valiente continued his postgraduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and practiced in that state as well as in Ohio before moving to Florida. Believing it is important to understand the latest developments in his specialty, he often attends seminars and takes hands-on advanced surgical courses nationwide. Although Dr. Valiente handles all aspects of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, he has concentrated interests in the treatment of pathology, dentoalveolar surgery such as wisdom teeth, all types of anesthesia and dental implants services. He is also a member of several professional organizations: American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons; Academy of Osseointegration; American Dental Association; Academy of General Dentistry; Florida Dental Association; Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; West Coast Dental Association. As a way to give back to others, Dr Valiente donates his time to perform surgical procedures for the underserved in the Tampa community. Outside of dentistry, he likes to garden, keep up with current events and read.
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Dr. Maizes was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Palm Harbor, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 2016, and achieved her D.D.S. in 2020 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. During dental school, Dr. Maizes participated in week to month-long rotations in underserved areas of Virginia and Mission of Mercy projects providing free dental care to rural communities throughout Virginia. Prior to joining Florida Dental Centers, Dr. Maizes completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida where she had extensive training in treating medically compromised patients. She is a member of the Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Outside the office, Dr. Maizes and her husband enjoy traveling, spending time with family, relaxing with their two cats, and being outside on the water. Dr. Maizes loves to help people love their smile!
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Dr. Scannell was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at Florida State University, Masters of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Tulane University School of Medicine in May 2016 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2021 from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana. He keeps current on the latest dental techniques and technology through continuing education and his memberships in the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry. He is periodically a writer of the AGD’s magazine, Impact. In his spare time, Dr. Scannell enjoys spending time with his wife, who is also a dentist, and their dog Macks. His interests include fishing, golf, and hiking.
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Dr. Ammar Sakka was born and grew up in Damascus, Syria. After obtaining his D.D.S. degree in 1995, Dr. Sakka completed a 4-year hospital-based residency earning his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist degree in 2006. Dr. Sakka owned a private practice for over 6 years in Damascus before moving to Saudi Arabia where he worked as an oral surgeon for more than 9 years. Recently, he obtained his United States Post-Doctoral Certificate in Advanced Dentistry from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Sakka keeps up to date on the latest dental techniques and technology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and outdoor activities.