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Meet Dr. Dougherty

Dr. Dougherty, Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry

According to Dr. Dougherty, the best dental care is delivered in an atmosphere of comfort, dignity and safety. Dr. Dougherty believes that no one should ever feel scared or embarrassed at embarking on a process to improve their health. Making the choice to better your dental health is a positive decision that should be celebrated, not feared. Dr. Dougherty is an experienced and empathetic healthcare provider who values her patients’ trust and will empower you on your journey to achieving a healthier mouth and body.

The daughter of a career Air Force veteran, Dr. Dougherty was raised on deep-rooted principles of service, respect and integrity. Prior to receiving her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in 2012, Dr. Dougherty was awarded the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, which led her to a 9-year career in public health in Pinellas County. During this time, she saw firsthand the truth of the oral-systemic connection and how seriously poor oral health could affect the body, and vice versa. Beginning her career in public health has shaped Dr. Dougherty’s vision that true, quality dental care starts with prevention and must be integrated with total body health.

Dr. Dougherty was born in England and has lived in many cities across the United States. She has lived in Pinellas County, Florida with her husband, Shelby, since 2012. The couple fell in love with the area’s rich culture, history, geography and food and is now proud to call the Sunshine State their forever home. Together they have a son, Noah, who was born in Saint Petersburg and is a Florida boy, through and through. When she is not at the dental office Dr. Dougherty enjoys exploring Florida’s natural beauty with her family, reading, DIY projects around the house and cooking.

Dr. Dougherty is experienced in treating patients of all ages. She looks forward to welcoming new patients to the Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry family and is eager to guide you on your path to dental wellness.

Formal Education

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) – Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Glendale, Arizona
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – University of Arizona – Tucson, Arizona


Dr. Lepore & Dr. Dougherty


Dr. Dougherty is a committed lifelong learner. She strives to stay current in dental technology and treatments and goes above the state’s minimum requirement of 16 hours per year, in order to provide the highest level of care to her patients. Some topics that Dr. Dougherty’s continuing education portfolio includes are: oral-systemic health, preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and treatment planning, sleep apnea and prosthetics.

Meet Dr. Lepore

Dr. Ryan Lepore, Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry Dr. Ryan Lepore's Family Photo, Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry

For Dr. Lepore, average has never been good enough, especially when it comes to his family and his patients. This philosophy stems from a phrase his dad instilled in him as a young boy, “maximize your potential”. These three simple words have weaved through every part of his life, including how hard he worked at playing hockey growing up, to how much he studied and continues training in dentistry, and to striving to be the best husband and father he can be for his family. You’ll find he applies this principle to his patients too-- he wants to empower you to be your best, healthiest self and improve your overall quality of life.

Dr. Lepore was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania but grew up locally right here in Pinellas County, attending Tarpon Springs High School. He attended the University of Florida for undergraduate and dental school studies and held a job all throughout dental school. In addition to caring for your health, Dr. Lepore enjoys meeting patients and building lasting relationships. He and his team will be there to make you laugh if you’re scared and there to listen if you have concerns. His goal is for you to leave the office feeling as though you can trust, with confidence, in the recommendations and treatment you receive.

When the lab coat comes off, you’ll find Dr. Lepore going out for dinner and drinks with his wife, goofing off with his two young children (Luca and Melina), attending church, watching hockey, and spending quality time with friends.

Formal Education

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) – University of Florida College of Dentistry – Gainesville, FL
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – University of Florida – Gainesville, FL


Continuing Education

Dr. Lepore has received advanced training in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Laser Dentistry, Dental Sleep Medicine, Advanced Rehabilitative Dentistry and Oral Systemic Medicine. Since 2013, Dr. Lepore is privileged to have attended nearly 1,400 hours of progressive continuing education. He highly values education and training and chooses to go far above the minimum requirement of 16 hours per year in order to stay on top of the latest trends, technologies, and treatment planning to provide his patients' optimal care.

Appreciating Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry’s Holistic Approach

Patients Testimonial - Francesca
Francesca is impressed by Dr. Lepore and his expertise in the field. She appreciates his consistency, and holistic approach and how he keeps himself up-to-date on current dental practices through continuous education. She admires his passion for people not only through his private practice but also through educating others. Francesca adores the staff and trusts Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry implicitly enough to bring her family here and recommend it to others.

I am highly impressed by Dr. Lepore and all the expertise he has in the field. I know that he is consistently at continuing education classes not only as a participant to learn but also as an educator who teaches other people. I absolutely love coming here, I love the staff, I love their knowledge, I bring my family here, I even have my mother here, and I have recommended him to so many people because I feel that he has a better grasp of what the whole person health is about, and being from that end of the spectrum as a massage therapist and aesthetician, we don’t wanna look at just one specific thing, we wanna look at the whole person and help you have the best life that you can and that’s what Dr. Lepore is looking to do for you.


Review by Tami E.

Dr. Lepore and his wonderful staff make going to the dentist a pleasure. From the front office professionals to the professionals in the treatment rooms, each person ensures clear communication, a clean, welcoming environment and comfortable experience. Highly skilled and trained on the latest technology in dentistry, Dr. Lepore and his staff are dedicated to caring for their patients as if they are family. That is why I trust them for my family’s dental health.

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