Meet Dr. Tim
Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD
Fun Fact: Dr. Tim’s dad was Lee County’s very first pediatric dentist.
That’s how Dr. Tim Verwest ended up in Fort Myers, where he made the decision to follow in his father’s footsteps by earning his D.M.D from the University of Florida.
Prior to starting his own practice in 1992, Dr. Tim was the Chief Resident in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has also served as the Director of the Dental Surgery section for Lee Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Verwest operates two kid-friendly state-of-the-art pediatric dental facilities in Naples (2019) and Fort Myers (2013) and was created with the vision of positively changing the perspective of the dentist on young minds.
His professional affiliations include The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Lee County Dental Association. He is often a guest lecturer for various organizations and has college courses on dentistry.
He is a board-certified Diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry – with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia. He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.
Growing up in Southwest Florida, his other interests include boating and spending time with his wife, kids, and dogs. Dr. Tim has numerous awards to his credit including, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Ft. Myers News-Press Readers Poll for Best Pediatric Dentist of Southwest Florida. 2016, 2017, 2018 Spectrum Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 National Consumer Advisory Board to America’s Best Dentist. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Consumer Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Dentists. 2015 Best Dentist by Opencare.
Alice Liu, DMD, MS
Dr. Alice Liu, DMD, MS joined Pediatric Dentistry of Florida in July of 2019. She grew up on the west coast of the United States and as a teenager, called San Francisco home. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Biology with Honors from The University of California, Berkeley. After college, she spent two years as a researcher at one of the world’s renowned research facilities, The National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD. She is proud to have attended one of the top dental schools in the United States, The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
For her record of excellence in patient-centered care and education, she became one of the two recipients of the Brodie Clinical Excellence Award in her class. Additionally, she received multiple awards because of her ability to create trust and friendship with her patients. Because she enjoys caring for people of all demographics, Dr. Alice participated in multiple Give-Kids-A-Smile days to provide free dental care to kids with no dental insurance, and Special Smiles dental events for patients with special health care needs during the last two years of her dental school.
Graduating with the highest General Practice Residency (GPR) and rank in her dental class, Dr. Alice continued her specialty education at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio, to learn more about how to provide the highest quality of care to all children while offering them the best experience and memories of visiting the dentist. She received certificates in both GPR and Pediatric Dentistry and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. She also scored the top in the nation on her specialty outgoing exam.
Dr. Alice is bilingual, with full fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese and her hometown Hakka dialect. Dr. Alice loves food and she spends her free time trying out new or exotic dishes in restaurants all over the world and enjoys photography, travel, and doing yoga. She looks forward to exploring the Florida beaches with her orange tabby cat, Toffee!