Dr. Frank Pettinato II
Dr. Frank Pettinato II received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He then attended the renowned Medical College of Virginia where he was the first dentist ever to simultaneously earn both his Certificate of Specialty Training in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science Degrees. Dr. Pettinato has achieved the highest honor in the field of pediatric dentistry and is now recognized as Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Frank Pettinato II has memberships in the following organizations:
- America Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast Dental Association
- West-Pasco Dental Society
- Hillsborough Dental Society
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Society of Dentistry for Children
- American Orthodontic Society
- Tampa Bay Pediatric Dental Study Club
Dr. Pettinato has been elected to serve as the Pasco County Dental Resource Officer for the Florida Dental Association. Dr. Pettinato has been published nationally in the prestigious American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Journal. Dr. Pettinato lectures to hospitals, school nurses, and dental and hygiene meetings on topics including the care of traumatic injuries to children, the use of fluoride in preventing cavities in children and child abuse. Dr. Pettinato has also appeared on News Channel 10 for his charity work in the community. (Click here to watch the News Channel 10 interview with Dr. Pettinato)
Dr.Catalina (her patient’s call her Dr.Cat) was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. During her grade school years, she excelled both academically and athletically. She enjoyed volleyball and swimming, where she became part of her high school swimming league. She also developed an interest in arts and learned how to play the classical guitar. As a teenager, she volunteered at a health center that specialized in oral health for the underserved and less fortunate. Here she was first exposed to dentistry and fell in love with giving back to others, especially children. Due to this great experience, she quickly became interested in the dentistry. She was fortunate to be accepted into dental school at one of the most prestigious universities in South America, Universidad de Antioquia located in Medellin Colombia. This dental school is internationally recognized as a top dental school in South America. After completing dental school, she moved to Florida to be closer to her family and to further her dental education.
After moving to Florida, she first worked as a dental assistant and later on she obtained her license as a registered dental hygienist. Dr.Cat worked as a licensed hygienist for 2 years in the Tampa area, before deciding go back to dental school a second time. In 2006, she was accepted into the International Student Program at the University of Colorado. She graduated in 2008, obtaining her second degree as a dentist (Doctor of Dental Surgery degree). This means Dr.Cat has 2 different dental degrees from 2 different countries, which makes her extremely qualified; and on top of that she is also a registered certified dental hygienist. We are lucky to have such qualified and highly educated dentist join our practice!
After completing dental school, the 2nd time at the University of Colorado, she worked just outside of Denver Colorado at a very well established Pediatric Dental office. Dr.Cat has done dentistry on children only for the past 8 years at that pediatric dental office in Denver Colorado. She loves her job and it energizes her to interact daily with kids. Dr.Cat’s family lives in the Tampa area and she relocated in 2017 back to Florida to be closer to her family. She feels very grateful to have the opportunity to work with kids every day.
Dr.Cat is has state licenses to practice dentistry in Colorado and Florida. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Florida Dental Association (FDA) and affiliate member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD). She stays on top of the latest developments in the dental field and attends continuing education courses regularly.
Outside of the office, Dr.Cat loves to spend time with her husband Leroy and their two children, Caro and Nico, ages 4 and 3. Together, they enjoy boating, traveling and spending time at the beach. As a Colombian native, she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is excited to be working with you and your children and looks forward to treating your children as she would her own.
Brandon Larkin D.D.S. has been a pediatric dentist in the Tampa area since 2016. He enjoys building relationships with patients and their families to promote a lifetime of good oral health. Believing that education is the best prevention, he emphasizes preventative routines and treatment.
Dr. Larkin was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Larkin developed a passion for working with his hands by doing carpentry work with his father at an early age. In college, he found that dentistry provided an opportunity to apply that passion while impacting the lives of others.
Dr. Larkin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2014 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Larkin then pursued specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at Miami Children’s Hospital. His training focused on providing dental care to children, teens and chronic patients with special healthcare needs. He has extensive training in dental trauma and craniofacial abnormalities as well as conscious and unconscious sedation.
Dr. Larkin is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry the Florida Dental Association and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He has also been a member of the craniofacial teams at Miami Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s hospital. He has presented research at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, his research has been accepted for publication in Pediatrics, a leading journal for pediatricians.
Dr. Larkin understands that going to the dentist can be a fearful experience and thus strives to create a fun, safe, and trusting environment. He encourages parents to be involved in developing care plans for their children and welcomes them to the treatment area.
In his free time Dr. Larkin enjoys college football, the beach, and spending time with his fiancé Trish.