Meet Our Tampa, FL Dentists
Leslie Ferrara, DMD, AEGD
Dr. Leslie Ferrara is a native Floridian and grew up in the Tampa Bay area. She attended the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition before pursuing her Dental Medicine Doctorate at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ferrara then moved back to Florida to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, where she had the privilege of treating our Nation’s Veterans while receiving advanced clinical training. She stayed on with the VA part-time for a year after Residency, while working in private practice in Tampa Palms and Citrus Park. In 2013, Dr. Ferrara met Dr. Upshaw and they decided to work together, with Dr. Ferrara as the Associate Dentist until she purchased the practice from Dr. Upshaw in 2015. Dr. Ferrara is a member of the Spears Study Club, where she and Dr. Upshaw receive top-notch continuing dental education, and cultivate working relationships with some of Tampa’s best specialists. Dr. Ferrara’s #1 goal is to deliver high quality dental treatment in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. She strives to ensure that every patient fully understands treatment recommendations so that they can take charge of their own oral and systemic health.
Dr. Ferrara loves living in downtown Tampa, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their rambunctious but adorable daughter, family, and friends. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and taking part in the activities of Tampa’s growing downtown.
Maria A. Upshaw, DMD
Dr. Maria A. Upshaw was born in Venezuela where she spent most of her early years and earned her first dental degree, graduating with top honors in her Dental Class. In 1995, she moved to the US where she has lived ever since.
In 2000, Dr. Upshaw obtained her dental degree from The University of Florida. After living in South Florida for a couple of years, Dr. Upshaw moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2002, where she had the honor to practice under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Daniel Bertoch for many years. There, she broadened her knowledge and skills in Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Upshaw acquired her own dental practice in 2009 and the sold it to Dr. Ferrara in 2015. They have been working together since 2013 and make a superb team. Dr. Upshaw and Dr. Ferrara have created an exceptional environment providing the best dental care for their patients and our community.
Dr. Upshaw is currently an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and both, West Coast and Hillsborough County Dental Associations. Dr. Upshaw is an active member of the Spears Dental Club along with Dr. Ferrara.
Family is very important to Dr. Upshaw. Her husband Nate, who was born and raised in Gainesville, is also a physician in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Upshaw loves spending time with her three children and her husband, she also enjoys participating in communities activities and challenging outdoor sports.