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Dr. John, Dr.Hailey, and Dr.Mike are all Board Certified Periodontists!

Dental Specialists of North Florida

At Dental Specialists of North Florida, we strive to make every interaction with our patients as positive as possible. We go above and beyond to help our esteemed guests obtain solutions to any problems they may have. Our office is a special place, created by incredible people who do what we do in the best way possible, for the best reasons possible. Dr. John Thousand, Dr. Hailey McKinley, and Dr. Michael Romani understand that our patients are frequently in physical and emotional pain, and our periodontists work to alleviate these ailments with truly compassionate service. Call today to visit us for periodontal therapy and oral surgery in St. Augustine and Palm Coast, Florida, and experience the high standard of excellence we hold ourselves and our services to.

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Dr. John Thousand, IV received his bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder before attending the Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Dental Medicine for his graduate dental degree. As a student at the School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Thousand accelerated in surgical aspects of dentistry with a concentration in implantology. In his senior year, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry awarded him the Student Research Grant, which he used to study the effects of inflammation around implants.

Dr. Thousand completed his specialty training in periodontics at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he received a master’s degree in periodontology. As a resident, he researched the effects of bone grafting materials on the sinus floor topography, the variability in root volume as it relates to bone grafting and the effect of various cementing techniques on residual cement around implant restorations.

After successful completion of his master’s residency, Dr. Thousand was accepted into the Implantology Fellowship program where he pursued additional research in bone grafting techniques and expanded his skill set in complex regenerative and prosthetic implant dentistry.

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Dr. Michael Romani received his bachelor’s degree in human biology with a minor in chemistry from California State University in Fresno. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Dental Medicine to begin his graduate dental degree. Early in his dental education, Dr. Romani and Dr. Thousand became great friends and worked on several research projects together, including topics that covered the effects of bone grafting on sinus pneumatization and techniques to reduce retained cement around implant-supported prostheses. Dr. Romani accelerated throughout his dental education, quickly showed an interest in surgical dentistry and committed to pursuing a career in periodontics.

Dr. Romani attended his three-year post-graduate training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. During his residency, he received extensive training in IV sedation, surgical extractions, complex implant placement, regenerative surgical dentistry including bone, sinus and soft tissue grafting, and the prevention and treatment of advanced periodontal disease. He served as the chief resident during his last year and completed research in the MUSC Pathology Laboratory on gingival cysts of the adult.

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My name is Hailey Wilson McKinley, I received my bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington. Similar to my parents and both grandfathers, I attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry. While in dental school, I developed an interest in Periodontics after receiving a soft tissue graft in my own mouth. I shadowed the periodontal residents throughout the four year of my dental school curriculum and my interest in periodontics was confirmed. I quickly found that I enjoyed periodontal surgical procedures and oral pathology.

Upon graduation from dental school in 2018, I matriculated into the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC (MUSC) for my periodontal residency. While there, I had the privilege of serving as Chief Resident in a program that is renowned for its focus on clinical exposure and case difficulty. Residency allowed me to expound upon the techniques that I began to develop in my dental school education. Through my extensive training, I am now confident and proficient with immediate implants, implants in the esthetic zone, ridge and sinus augmentations, soft tissue grafting, traditional and laser periodontal surgery, periodontal regeneration, and IV sedation. I earned my Master of Science in Dentistry and Periodontics in 2021 after defending my thesis on lateral periodontal cysts at the MUSC Oral Pathology Laboratory.

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Planning to get dental implants? Or already have them? Got any queries about the procedure or the life with implants? Don't worry; our doctor Dr. John Thousand has got you covered with his new book - Implants Done Right: Your Guide to a Healthy Smile. This patient-focused book offers accurate, relevant information on dental implants -everything that a patient needs to understand. It covers topics like the fundamental biology of implants, the difficulties and risks involved, as well as the realities of living with dental implants. The objective of the book is to give patients the knowledge and tools they need to make an informed decision before opting for the implant procedure. To purchase a copy of your book, click Implants Done Right: Your Guide to a Healthy Smile, or call our dental office at (904) 794-1000 or (386) 986-1000.

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10 Saint Johns Medical Park Drive, Suite C, Saint Augustine, FL 32086

Phone: (904) 794-1000

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3 Cypress Branch Way # 107, Palm Coast, FL 32164

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