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Dr. Matthew Ahrens
I am very passionate about the impact a beautiful smile can have on someone’s life.The opportunity I have to develop relationships with my patients and see the positive impact of a healthy beautiful smile is very rewarding. A beautiful smile makes them confident to pursue their dreams, and being a part of that process makes me excited to come to the office each day.
Education and Continuing Education
I attended the University of Florida for both my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Doctorate of Dental Medicine degrees. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Honors BS/DMD program my freshmen year which allowed my admission into dental school after three years of undergraduate studies. I then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for my Master of Science in Oral Sciences and Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics.
As a Board Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontics, I passed a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations. Only a small percentage of orthodontists have successfully completed this voluntary examination process. Becoming board certified signifies my pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics. Continuing education is a priority in order to provide the highest level of orthodontic care and most up-to-date treatment.
Outside the Office
Originally from Ocala, I now reside in Apollo Beach with my beautiful wife Sara, who grew up in Brandon. We recently had our first child, a boy named Landon. I cherish the time I spend with my family, whether we’re traveling, on the water, or just relaxing at home.
I am also passionate about serving the community, both locally and on a global scale. In addition to participating in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care to underserved communities, I am a local Smiles Change Lives provider.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
- Pediatric Dentistry
- General Dentistry
- Cosmetic Dentistry
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition – University of Florida
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine degrees – University of Florida
- Master of Science in Oral Sciences – University of Illinois, Chicago
- Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics – University of Illinois, Chicago