Meet Our Tampa, FL Dentists
Leslie Ferrara, DMD, AEGD
Dr. Ferrara was drawn to dentistry after her own experience visiting a gentle pediatric dentist when she was a child. The kindness shown to her by that dentist made her interested in medicine and science. As a dentist, she blends her scientific and artistic skills to give patients the same positive experiences. This approach includes membership with the Spears Study Club, providers of top-notch continuing dental education, and care coordination with several specialists. As a native to the Tampa Bay area, she loves living in Downtown Tampa with her husband, her daughter, and her dog Bailey. The Ferrara family often participates in many of the activities you can find in our growing community.
Dr. Ferrara has served dental needs for almost 10 years, from running her own private practice to partnering with Dr. Upshaw. She graduated from Boston University with her Dental Medicine Doctorate in 2009, having completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. She continued her dental training in Florida’s own Bay Pines Veterans Hospital until she received her Advanced Education in General Dentistry. She maintains her skill set by attending courses hosted by the Spears Study Club, whose curriculum is renowned for its quality training on advanced dental techniques. Dr. Ferrara is driven by a passion for top-notch patient care. New technology and updated sedation options help anyone who visits her practice have a positive experience.
Maria Upshaw, DMD
Since 2000, Dr. Upshaw has helped her patients develop healthy, beautiful smiles. Her mission is to provide exceptional dental care with the latest advancements the field has to offer. She creates a warm and welcoming environment and aims to be the best caregiver she can be. Communicating during appointments and enhancing patient comfort as requested is how she makes sure each patient leaves feeling their best. When she isn’t helping people develop a healthy and beautiful smile, she is either spending time with her husband and three children or participating in community activities and outdoor sports.
Dr. Upshaw earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2000 and has been practicing dentistry in Florida for over fifteen years. She also holds a dental degree from Venezuela, where she was born. She mentored under Dr. Daniel Bertoch for many years, during which she built up her understanding of cosmetic dentistry. She ran her own practice from 2009 to 2015, when she sold it to her partner in practice, Dr. Ferrara. She is an active member of the Spears Study Club, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Hillsborough County Dental Association.