Meet The Doctors
Tim Verwest, DMD
Fort Myers & Naples Pediatric Dentist
Fun Fact: Dr. Tim’s dad was Lee County’s very first pediatric dentist.
Prior to starting his own practice in 1992, Dr. Verwest was the Chief Resident in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has the proud distinction of being the 12th pediatric dental resident to graduated from the University of Florida’s pediatric dental program in 1991 (as of October 2019 there are now over 165 graduates of the program).
Dr. Verwest operates two kid-friendly state-of-the-art pediatric dental facilities located in Southwest Florida (Naples and Fort Myers). His vision was to create an environment that would positively change the perception of the dentist to children so they can grow up and not be afraid of the dentist in their adulthood.
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 interest is naturally geared towards the outdoors. He enjoys boating and spending time with his wife, kids, and their two dogs.
Alice Liu, DMD, MS
Fort Myers & Naples Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Alice Liu, DMD, MS joined the 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. 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.
Joseph Whitesides, DDS, MS
Fort Myers Orthodontist
It’s with great pleasure to welcome the newest member of our team, Dr. Joseph Whitesides, DDS. He is an experienced and accomplished orthodontist and is offering complimentary orthodontic consultations at our practices. It is his privilege to make a positive difference in his patients’ lives by creating a healthy and beautiful smile through orthodontic treatment.
He has a philosophy of treating each patient and his or her family the way we would want to be treated: with compassion and respect. Dr. Whitesides understands that each person presents a unique set of clinical needs and goals, so he works with them to determine the best orthodontic plan that will straighten their teeth and create a confident, beautiful smile.
Outside of work, he spends as much time as possible with his family. He also enjoys staying active, especially through sports, including racquetball, tennis, volleyball, golf, and swimming.
Dr. Whitesides is excited to invite you and your family to schedule a complimentary consultation at our practice and learn how we can make your dream smile a reality!
Learn more about orthodontics!
Ensuring kids are comfortable with the dentist and orthodontist early in their childhood sets the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health and perfectly confident smiles.