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Shanaka L. Weerasooriya, DMD

Dr. Shanaka Weerasooriya is extremely proud to be a part of Tarpon Shores Dental. Dr. Shanaka has committed his practice to creating long-term relationships with our patients by designing individualized treatment plans that meet each of their needs, values, and desires. He believes that the health of the oral system, which includes the teeth, gums, supporting bone, jaw joint, and muscles of the head and neck, plays an integral part in the overall health of a patient. He enjoys partnering with patients who are motivated to improve their smile and their overall wellbeing. Dr. Shanaka combines his artistic talents with state-of-the-art digital photography to create "natural" smiles for his mature patients or "bright" smiles that are in style today for more aesthetically-conscious patients.

Dr. Shanaka is committed to excellence in his field through a life of learning with the profession’s top educators. He has completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate education and training. 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). He 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. Due to his continued focus on education, training, and maintaining state-of-the-art technology in our practice, Dr. Shanaka is able to deliver advanced techniques to our patients.

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. Shanka and his family

On a personal note, Dr. Shanaka, is the son of long-time Englewood, FL physician Dr. "Lucky" and Ruvini Weerasooriya. A former Lemon Bay High School basketball standout, Dr. Shanaka played collegiate basketball at Florida Southern College, graduation in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in both biology and chemistry. He received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Florida in 2000. He is pleased to be back in the community with his beautiful wife, Rana, and daughters, Gianna and Lena. While he no longer plays basketball, Dr. Shanaka still plays tennis weekly and enjoys fishing.

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