Meet the Doctors
Thomas G. Rubino D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Thomas Rubino has been practicing periodontics since 1988. He has always been driven by the philosophy of providing the highest-quality results using the latest advancements in technology in a friendly and caring environment. He has stayed on top of all the latest developments in treatment through extensive continuing education, implementing breakthrough procedures as they have been tested and proven.
Dr. Rubino is highly accomplished and experienced in all aspects of periodontics, including gum disease and gum recession treatment, bone regeneration, cosmetic gum treatments and full dental implant services. He is also one of the few practitioners in the U.S. who is certified to deliver the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for treating gum recession.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Rubino serves as an instructor for other practitioners and has been a continuing education provider in Florida for many years. He has received numerous awards for his skill and expertise and has achieved both local and national recognition for his work. Dr. Rubino is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he is an attending periodontist with the periodontal residents during their time in clinic treating patients.
Dr. Rubino loves being a periodontist for the change he can make in people’s lives and the relationships he builds with them as a result. “Seeing my patients’ quality of life improve so dramatically after treatment is what puts the joy in my job,” he says. “I also get to know my patients personally and build a bond based on trust and help. My patients are an incredible group of people and I am grateful to be their doctor.”
Friendly, caring and attentive manner
Dr. Rubino is known for his friendly, caring manner and his attention to detail in every aspect of his work. Patients have commented that he inspires confidence when he explains what will happen in their treatment, and described how he puts them at ease when he answers all their questions.
Why he became a periodontist
Dr. Rubino is a third generation dentist and the first periodontist in his family. His grandfather and uncle were both dentists, and he was exposed to their work at a young age.
After seeing the relationships they formed with their patients and what they did to change people’s lives, he decided to become a dentist himself. Once in practice as a general dentist, he pursued periodontics as an additional specialty so he could provide an even more comprehensive impact on his patients’ health and well-being.
Education and Advanced Training
Dr. Rubino received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1979. He proceeded from there to the Medical College of Virginia, where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Sciences degree in 1983.
After three years in private practice as a general dentist, Dr. Rubino went on to complete two years of periodontal specialist training and residency at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, earning his Master of Science degree and Specialty Certification in Periodontics in 1988.
Dr. Rubino has completed numerous continuing education courses in advanced procedures since obtaining his periodontal certification, and has incorporated these advancements into his practice to be able to provide the highest quality service possible. He maintains an extensive schedule of continuing education to stay on the leading edge of developments.
Educator of other practitioners
Training other practitioners started while Dr. Rubino was in periodontal training himself. During his time as a resident at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, he worked in the undergraduate dental clinics supervising dental students.
He has continued instructing his colleagues as a continuing education provider in Florida since 1990.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Rubino has been consistently recognized in the community and within his profession for the quality of his care. Based on a survey and selection by his peers, he has been featured as a “Top Dentist in the field of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry” in Sarasota Magazine every year since 2011. He has also been rated and listed every year since 2014 in the Consumer Research Council of America’s annual Guide to America’s Top Dentists.
Dr. Rubino is an active member of the following professional organizations:
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- Manatee Dental Society
Outside the office, Dr. Rubino has regularly donated his time and energies to local community activities. In addition to participating in numerous local charity events, he has coached the nationally recognized football and baseball teams at Manatee High School. He has also worked with the South Florida Museum and the Entre Nous Club Community Organization.
On a personal note
Dr. Rubino loves spending time with his wife and three adult children. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves running, biking and visiting Florida’s first-rate beaches.
Ryan Rubino D.M.D.
Dr. Ryan Rubino is a general dentist and the older of Dr. Rubino’s two sons who are following in his footsteps to become periodontists. He is a fourth-generation dentist in the family and will be joining our practice as soon as he finishes his periodontal specialist training and residency at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.
“Dentistry has been a part of my life since the day I was born,” he says. “Seeing my father enjoy his profession so much and sharing that desire to connect with people and make a difference in their lives, I became inspired to follow the same path and give it everything I have.”
Dr. Ryan Rubino distinguished himself as an exceptional practitioner while he was in dental school. Because of his demonstrated knowledge and clinical skills, he was recruited by the school faculty to tutor underclass dental students in human anatomy and preclinical lab classes where the dental students actually learn how to treat teeth.
He also distinguished himself in research and clinical analysis and was the lead author of a research paper on lower jaw diagnostics that he presented at the prestigious International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in Boston.
Dr. Ryan Rubino is looking very forward to returning to his hometown of Bradenton and serving as a periodontist in the community alongside his father and brother.
Tyler Rubino is currently in training at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is well along the path to becoming a periodontist and joining his brother and father in practice at the end of his studies.
“I am going to be part of the fourth generation of dentists in the family,” he says. “I grew up around dentistry. It was around every corner, from my great grandfather and great uncle down to my dad and his brother. One can imagine how dentistry was a big component of the conversations at family reunions.”
Tyler chose periodontics after seeing its value to people and the great joy it gives his father. He has been very dedicated to his training and has demonstrated exceptional ability. He was even recruited by the dental school faculty to tutor his classmates after they became aware of his extraordinary clinical skills.
Tyler is eager to return home to Bradenton to join his brother and father in practice and raise a family of his own.
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