“As a second-generation orthodontist, I have had the unique opportunity to see first hand how satisfying and how enjoyable it is to ‘Create Smiles for Generations’ that everyone is proud of and that will last a lifetime. I love that we have developed long-term relationships and friendships with our patients and changed lives. It’s an awesome and very gratifying profession.” — Dr. Jeff
Dr. Jeff Thompson is a board-certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics: an accomplishment attained by only a select few orthodontists in the country and world.
Orthodontics, for Dr. Jeff, has been a family affair. He enjoyed practicing with his father, Dr. William Thompson, from 1983 to 2001, when Dr. T retired. They have authored numerous scientific articles, and written and published textbooks and chapters on orthodontic techniques, biomechanics, orthodontic engineering, and facial aesthetics. They have patents on numerous orthodontic braces and auxiliaries.
Having lectured all over the country at almost every college residency and graduate program, they have also spread their orthodontic knowledge overseas to nine countries at their associated orthodontic departments. By working with leaders in his profession and being actively involved in the development of current technology, Dr. Thompson continues to pursue excellence in his specialty.
Dr. Jeff was raised in the Bradenton/Sarasota area since 1960. Upon graduating from Manatee High School with honors, he pursued his education at The University of Florida in Gainesville. After a focus on architecture, biology, and medicine, he was accepted to and completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at U of F College of Dentistry at Shands Hospital in 1983. This was followed by being the first U of F dental graduate accepted into the orthodontic graduate residency program, which he completed in 1985. He believes that continuing education is vital in order to provide excellent patient care and is a lifelong endeavor. He trains constantly and consistently exceeds the requirements for continuing education each year.
Returning home from college, he immediately began enjoying practicing with his father at their established West Bradenton facility. In 2001, Dr. Jeff opened his east office by Lakewood Ranch. Both offices are full-care facilities and are open every week.
Dr. Jeff is a member of the College of Diplomates for the American Board of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Orange Coast Orthodontic Study Club, and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Honor Society. He is a Diplomate to the West Coast Dental Association and past president of the Manatee County Dental Society and all its levels. He is an Eagle Scout, a past commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the Manatee Technical Institute Future Directions Committee, and an original director/founder of the Wildcats Youth Football League.
In Dr. Jeff’s spare time he lives to enjoy his sons Evan and Easton, his daughters EllaGrace, Bryanna, and Chloe and his soulmate and wife, Melissa.
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