My name is Dr. Jerry Copeland II. I was born and raised in Leominster (pronounced “Lemon-stir”), Massachusetts. I received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Boston University. I continued my specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at my residency program in Charleston, South Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina. I joined the practice of Dr. Bob Fernandez in 2001. I belong to a number of organizations: American Academy of Pediatric Dentist, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Research, West Coast Dental Association, Southeast Society of Pediatric Dentist, etc.
I have devoted my professional career to all aspects of pediatric dental care. To keep abreast of the latest developments in pediatric dentistry, I have always exceeded the continuing education requirements of Florida.
Now for the important stuff! I love my job, I love kids. I enjoy having one of the best jobs in the world. I get to talk about the most important stuff to toddlers thru teenagers every day, and guess what; a lot of it makes you smile (I would love to let children do the morning news sometimes.). But best of all I get to change people’s lives. I can introduce them to dentistry in a fun way, even make them enjoy coming to the dentist. When is the last time you could say that?
My hobbies include being a Dad to three wonderful daughters. I attend church at Christ the King in Tampa, usually the early mass on Sunday. I also enjoy fishing, golfing, going to the movies, eating out, and playing Xbox 360.
But my favorite job and hobby will always be that of being a Dad!
My name is Dr. Gerald M Francati. I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. I am a Board Certified Orthodontist who received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. John Fisher College and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I completed my Orthodontic residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing three years of military service as an Orthodontist and a Captain in the U. S. Army I entered into a private practice in St Petersburg, Florida in 1965. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and belong to the following organizations:
I have devoted my professional career to all aspects of an Orthodontic practice with special interests in teaching and treatment of patients with craniofacial disorders. My teaching interest and experience began during my military career at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where I taught Air Force and Army dental interns.
Locally, I taught at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental studies in St Petersburg, Florida for approximately 15 years extending through the 1980’s and 1990’s. More recently, I held a 2 day per week part time faculty position at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Gainsville, Florida as an Assistant Clinical Professor for 9 years.
My interest and experience in the treatment of patients with craniofacial disorders began in 1965 when I joined the Craniofacial Anomalies Team at All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, Florida. I am a current active member of this team. I was a member of the Craniofacial Anomalies Team at Shand’s Hospital, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, as a part of my faculty responsibility.
To keep abreast of the latest developments in Orthodontics, I have always exceeded the continuing education requirements for Florida.
My hobbies and interests, include, fishing, learning, and raising two teenage sons, Julio and Christopher. My wife Patricia, who was born in Colombia, South America, and I have been married for 17 years.