Dr. Don Vespa earned his DDS degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1984 and spent the next 30 years practicing in Missouri. He and his wife, Dr. Amy Vespa, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Florida when they moved to Florida from Branson, Missouri. Their Gentle Dental Center in West Branson was known for its comprehensive approach to optimal oral health and use of the latest technology.
In keeping with the goal of providing the best oral health care, Dr. Don Vespa has dedicated his career to developing his diagnostic and therapeutic skills in all aspects of dentistry, including clear orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, laser dentistry, and the doctor-patient relationship.
He has been an Invisalign preferred provider for 14 years. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, University of Missouri Alumni Association, Florida Dental Association, American Straight Wire Orthodontic Association, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and Midwest Sedation Dentistry.
Drs. Don and Amy Vespa have a son and daughter in college and a Sheltie puppy. Dr. Don Vespa enjoys boating, scuba diving, golf, running and relaxing on the beach. He is delighted to now call Florida his home.
Anita Flammia R.D.H.
Anita Flammia has over 30 years of experience as a dental hygienist and is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, Florida Dental Hygienist Association, and the Pinellas County Dental Hygienist Association.
“I was born and raised in the small town of Vernon in Northwest Florida, and received my degree in Dental Hygiene at Pensacola Junior College. I also attended Troy State University for 2 years. I share my home in Dunedin with my husband Pat, our Corgi dog and 3 cats. I enjoy walking, bike riding, taking yoga classes, reading, socializing with friends, baking, and visiting my family. I strive to remain abreast of the current science behind periodontal treatments and to be gentle as well as thorough.”
Merlina Office Administrator
Merlina was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii where she started her dental career working for her father in law's private practice in 1983. She holds nearly 34 years of experience in the dental & medical industry. She relocated to Missouri in 1994 where she met Dr. Donald Vespa and worked at his private practice. She has lived in Florida since 2011 and in 2014 reunited with Dr. Donald Vespa and joined Pinellas Family Dental.
Customer service is very important to Merlina and she strives to impact people's lives daily to make a positive difference.
During her spare time Merlina enjoys staying fit and healthy and works out at the gym often, going to the beach, thrift store shopping, and spending time with her husband.
Individualized Care Focused on You
We are committed to providing our neighbors in Largo, Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Beach and Seminole with the very best comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry. We pledge excellence in all we do and promise to make you feel right at home.
Visiting this dental practice may be unlike any other experience you have had before. Our entire care team is gentle, compassionate, and focused on not only quality but also your personal experience. With the goal of helping all patients improve their oral health, function and appearance, we are thorough and will take the time to get to know you and your full oral health circumstance. While we do this, we will be attentive to your concerns and desires. We encourage our patients to talk to us and ask questions.
Comprehensive Services Because You Deserve the Best
In addition to general preventive and restorative procedures, we also perform root canals, tooth extractions, orthodontics including Invisalign, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic procedures such as whitening and porcelain veneers. We are up to date on the latest procedures and use the highest quality materials. Dr. Amy Vespa enjoys working with children and teens of all ages. Because we provide a very large range of dental services in-house, we rarely need to refer a patient to a specialist at another location. You’ll be able to stay in your comfort zone with the team that knows you and cares about you.
Ask us about our warranty
Drs. Amy and Don Vespa want you to be satisfied with your restorations. If you are dissatisfied with the results of your crown, bridge or filling within the first year, we will resolve the problem free of charge.
We love what we do, and with many years of experience in advanced dentistry, we can take care of your needs and help you achieve all of your oral health objectives for years to come, whether you need a simple checkup and cleaning, a filling, crown, teeth whitening or more extensive treatment—even a complete smile makeover.
We invite you to give us a call!