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Meet Dr. Michael Hess

Dr. Michael A. Hess, D.M.D., M.S

Dr. Hess attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he received his doctorate of Dental Medicine and graduated as the valedictorian of his class. He continued his education at the prestigious University of Michigan and earned his Masters degree in Orthodontics.


Dr. Hess 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, and The Florida Association of Orthodontics, as well as other local and regional dental societies.


Orthodontics is a passion for Dr. Hess and he is committed to achieving the highest level of quality for his patients. Dr. Hess enjoys the difference that a beautiful smile can make in a person’s life. In his spare time, he enjoys spending family time with Julianna and their son Jackson. Some of his other interests include traveling, playing piano and guitar, tennis, flying, scuba diving and skydiving.

Meet Dr. Paiyal Popa

Dr. Paiyal Popat, D.M.D., M.S

Dr. Popat attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she received her doctorate of Dental Medicine. She continued her education at the University of California, San Francisco where she earned a Master’s degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Orthodontics.


Dr. Popat is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontics, and the Florida Association of Orthodontics. Dr. Popat loves the field of orthodontics where she gets to improve the beautiful smiles of her patients during the most transformative years of their lives.


Dr. Popat is excited to be back in her home state of Florida where she is closer to her two older brothers and twin sister. During her free time, Dr. Popat enjoys traveling with her soon to be husband Samik, dancing, trying out vegetarian restaurants and attending soccer and basketball games.

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What Sets Us Apart

Orthodontics is what we do. We have treated over 11,500 patients and have over 14 years' experience in creating beautiful smiles.

We offer the latest orthodontic treatment technology for our patients to achieve the best possible results.

Busy schedule? Enjoy the flexibility of our Wednesday evening appointments.

Four convenient locations in FishHawk, Riverview, Apollo Beach, and Parrish


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