I know many of you have seen the letter from Dr. Apfel announcing his retirement. I’m thrilled to say how warm my welcome to the practice has been. The support from the team and Dr. Apfel himself during this transition has been immeasurable. The patients I have met are warm and encouraging. Everyone has helped convince me that I made the right choice in carrying on Dr. Apfel’s legacy. For those of you I haven’t met I encourage you to call or come in if you have any questions or concerns. I hope to be your family dentist for many years to come.
I grew up in the Tampa Bay Area. My entire family still lives here in Florida. My brother in St. Pete, my sister in Dunedin, and my parents and grandmother in Palm Harbor. My wife and I live in Thornton Park, right next to her family including a brother, sister, and her parents. We enjoy being so close to our family that has been so instrumental to our success. Our holidays are always filled with love and fond memories.
I went to college at the University of Central Florida, where I received a B.A. in anthropology while taking the pre-medical courses required for dental school. I then traveled to Boston for my dental education at Tufts University. Those four years were my best memories and also my most challenging period of growth. After dental school, I completed a residency at the Veterans Administration in Pennsylvania where I received training in advanced dental procedures.
I am also an Air Force National Guard dentist. Once a month on Saturday and Sunday I head to Jacksonville to perform my duties for the state of Florida. I was inspired to commission due to a long family history of military service and my own experiences as a doctor at the Veterans Administration.
In addition to my private practice and duties as a Captain of the Air Force National Guard, I routinely volunteer for those in need. I use my clinical skills to help remove teeth that pose a serious risk of infection or are causing acute pain in volunteer settings such as the Florida Mission of Mercy.
In my free time I enjoying swing dancing with my wife, which is how we met. We are both involved in the local dance community. Helping it grow and hosting workshops that bring well-renowned instructors to the Orlando dance community.
I’m glad to be back in the Orlando community and I know I’ll be here for a long time.
I believe in offering personal care in a one-on-one setting where I’m never rushing. The quality of my care is of the utmost importance. I am very careful about the materials I use and the team of specialists we choose to work with. You will often hear me say that I treat all my patients the same way I would treat my mother, brother, sister, or wife. I hope that you are able to see the sincerity in these words the next time you visit.
To that end, I would like to note you may receive a letter from your insurance carrier saying we are ‘out of network’. Being out of network is for the purpose of providing care that I feel is in the best interest of the patient. Not what an insurance company dictates. The office will continue to submit for all PPOs as we have always done. Routine care like cleanings and exams are typically covered 100%.
The only changes you may notice are a few remodeling projects to update the décor, equipment, and help keep us organized. This includes computerizing the paper patient charts. The team (Lorraine & Debbie) are absolutely staying with the practice. Plus we have a few new team members I’m excited for you all to meet! I have been blessed to have such a dedicated and caring group of people helping me. I feel extremely lucky.
Looking forward to meeting you all,
John Constantine DMD