About Us

We Are Tarpon Shores Dental

Meet the skilled and compassionate team at Tarpon Shores Dental, where expertise and empathy converge to create a welcoming environment for your dental care. Our staff is committed to delivering exceptional service, combining years of experience with a genuine passion for promoting your oral health. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we look forward to serving you with the highest standard of care.

We Are Tarpon Shores Dental

Meet the skilled and compassionate team at Tarpon Shores Dental, where expertise and empathy converge to create a welcoming environment for your dental care. Our staff is committed to delivering exceptional service, combining years of experience with a genuine passion for promoting your oral health. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we look forward to serving you with the highest standard of care.

Dr. C. Romesh Weerasooriya

Englewood Location

Dr. C. Romesh Weerasooriya (Dr. Mesh) is a native of Englewood with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, which he received in 1994.

Dr. Mesh is a skilled emergency dentist in Englewood, FL, and has completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school in a commitment to excellence. He focuses on comprehensively treating a patient’s entire oral system, including teeth and gums, as well as a patient’s bite, the associated jaw joint (TMJ), and the muscles of the head and neck.

An extensive part of his post-graduate education was completed at the prestigious Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education, where Dr. Mesh achieved Mastery Level status in studies under Dr. Frank Spear, one of the top dental educators in the country.

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Dr. Mesh has also studied extensively with Dr. Pete Dawson, another top educator in advanced dentistry, at the Dawson Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.; and studied the use of dental lasers for the treatment of periodontal disease with Dr. Sam Low at the University of Florida.

He is a graduate of the Schuster Center for Professional Development as well, having completed a rigorous 2-year program in leadership and practice management. With this dedication to learning and advanced technology, Dr. Mesh can deliver cutting-edge dentistry to his patients at Tarpon Shores Dental.

Additionally, Dr. Mesh holds memberships in the American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), Florida Dental Association (FDA), Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (FACD), Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), and the Dental Oral Conscious Sedation Association (DOCS).

His belief in a holistic approach to dentistry supports his belief in the importance of a patient’s overall, long-term health, and the delivery of personalized care as your dentist near you. Dental restorations are another important part of his practice, and Dr. Mesh works closely with his talented ceramist, Dave Matrisciano, to create customized restorations to serve each patient’s goals and desires.

Collaborating with the area’s top dental specialists, Dr. Mesh can meet the needs of patients who require more complex treatment as well.

He is a founding member of the Gulf Coast Interdisciplinary Network, a dental organization that discusses the latest aspects of treatment in all dental specialties. The group was begun by Dr. Mesh’s brother, Dr. Shanaka.

Dr. Mesh is proud to be a part of the Englewood Community and continue a legacy in delivering healthcare begun by his father, Dr. “Lucky” Weerasooriya, a longtime area physician. A member of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, Dr. Mesh and is married and has one daughter. The family enjoys fishing, skiing, and travel.

Dr. Shanaka L. Weerasooriya

St. Armands Location
Searching for “cosmetic dentistry Sarasota, FL?” Then, your search is over. A proud part of the Tarpon Shores Dental team, Dr. Shanaka Weerasooriya is committed to creating long-term relationships with patients by designing individualized treatment plans that meet each of their needs, values, and desires. He believes that the health of the entire oral system, including the teeth, gums, supporting bone, jaw joint, and muscles of the head and neck, all play an integral part in the overall health of a patient.

If you’re searching for a skilled dentist near you, Dr. Shanaka combines his artistic talents with state-of-the-art digital photography with his dental skills to create “natural” smiles for his mature patients and brighter smiles for aesthetically conscious patients.

With a life-long commitment to learning, Dr. Shanaka achieved Mastery Level status in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Frank Spear at the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education (now the Spear Institute) and is a graduate of the Schuster Center for Professional Development, a leadership and practice management program. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute, where he received training to surgically place dental implants. He is a member of CEREC®️ Doctors, the leading organization in CEREC®️ same-day crown technology.

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He also holds memberships in the American Dental Association (ADA), Florida Dental Association (FDA), Sarasota County Dental Association (SCDA), Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (FACD), and is a Fellow in the International College of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

Dr. Shanaka is proud to be a part of the Englewood Community and our dental office near you. He is married with two daughters. He continues a family legacy in delivering healthcare begun by his father, Dr. “Lucky” Weerasooriya, a longtime area physician. He graduated from Florida Southern College with a B.A. in History and minors in both biology and chemistry and received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Florida.

Although he played on both high school and college basketball teams, today Dr. Shanaka plays weekly games of tennis and enjoys fishing.

Dr. Shannon Gardner

Venice Location

Florida native, and three-time University of Florida Gator, Dr. Shannon Gardner is a dentist with a unique educational background. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Florida before transitioning to the field of dentistry. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Gardner worked as a pediatric RN at University of Florida Health Shand Children’s Hospital, where her interactions with patients fueled her passion for healthcare and sparked a desire to be more hands-on in developing treatment options.

Her journey into dentistry began as she shadowed in dental clinics during her spare time, quickly realizing her affinity for the field. Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and furthered her education by completing a General Practice Residency at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Here, she had the privilege of serving our nation’s veterans, an experience she cherishes.

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Dr. Gardner’s approach to dentistry involves incorporating her artistry and love of science to enhance the oral health of her patients. She values providing restorative work and cosmetic procedures that improve health and function enhance patient’s smiles.

Dr. Gardner enjoys spending quality time with her husband and chocolate lab. Whether exploring local beaches, jogging with her pup, or admiring beautiful gulf coast sunsets, she embraces a vibrant lifestyle. Grateful to be part of the Tarpon Shores Dental team, Dr. Gardner looks forward to meeting new patients in Venice, FL, and continuing her journey in providing exceptional dental care.

Dr. Mitchell Strumpf

St. Armands Location

Dr. Mitchell Strumpf is a native Floridian and has practiced general dentistry in the Sarasota area for many years. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Emory University, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland Dental School. He then served as a dentist in the USAF at Carswell AFB, Texas before entering private practice in Sarasota.

While his focus has always been comprehensive dental care for his patients, Dr. Strumpf has immersed himself in continuing education throughout his career to provide the latest advancements dentistry has to offer. He has held memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the America Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is currently a Life Member of the American and Florida Dental Associations.

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With a focus on individualized treatment plans and patient-centered communication, Dr. Strumpf’s patients have benefited from overall oral health, reconstructive, and dental cosmetic procedures. He has lectured internationally, consulted, and mentored other dentists, co-developed a bacterial test for Halitosis and served as a consultant to ABC’s 20/20.

In addition to his volunteer work, he and his wife Linda have served on various local boards to help the community. The Strumpfs are the proud parents of three married daughters who along with their spouses have blessed them with seven outstanding grandchildren. Free time is often spent on the golf course and visiting family.

Please don’t hesitate to call the office to arrange a “meet and greet” with Dr. Strumpf as we welcome New Patients.

Dr. Paul Stein

Englewood Location
Born in New York, Dr. Stein grew up in sunny Florida, attending Rollins College for a B.S. in Biology, where he graduated with honors. He pursued his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, has been working in the dental field for over 20 years, both in private practice and as the Dental Director of the Sarasota County Health Department. He is also a caring emergency dentist in Sarasota, FL.

Dr. Stein is currently a proud member of the Sarasota County Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Stein is a highly experienced dentist near you in Sarasota.

When he isn’t assisting his patients, Dr. Stein enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Dr. Michael Varley

Englewood Location

Meet Dr. Michael Varley! He is a highly skilled Endodontist who truly cares about his patients’ well-being. Dr. Varley is committed to providing compassionate care and excellent service. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and is happy to discuss treatment options with his patients.

Dr. Varley completed his undergraduate studies at Assumption College in Worchester, MA, and received his Dental Medicine Degree from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1989. He began his career as a clinical instructor in Tufts’s Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Department before practicing general dentistry for five years with Randazzo Dental Associates in Pelham, NH.

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Dr. Varley then pursued his passion for endodontics and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, followed by a Master’s Degree in Endodontics. He’s been practicing Endodontics in Florida for over 20 years.

Dr. Varley is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the American Association of Endodontics, American Dental Association, Florida Association of Endodontists, Florida Dental Association, Pan America Dental Society, and the Puerto Rico Dental Association.

On a personal note, Dr. Varley loves spending time with his family and enjoys riding his bike and being on the water as much as possible. We are delighted to have Dr. Varley as part of our team and look forward to serving you with his expertise and warm personality.

Dr. David R. Smith

Englewood Location
Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Raymond J. Smith, DDS, Dr. Smith moved from his hometown of Miami to attend college at the University of Florida, where he received his B.S. in chemistry and pursued a master’s in education. He achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University in Georgia.

After returning to Florida, Dr. Smith worked with Dr. Harold M. Shaffer in Sarasota before purchasing his own general practice in 1980, where he provided general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry until 2005 before joining Tarpon Shores Dental, as your dentist in Sarasota, FL. He also served as the President of the Sarasota County Dental Association in 1985 and the President of the West Coast Dental Association in 1995, and now serves as a highly skilled dentist near you.

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