Richard L. Ballentine, DMD
Richard L. Ballentine, D.M.D. is a native resident of southwest Florida, having grown up in the Ft. Myers area. He completed both his undergraduate and post-graduate studies through the University of Florida at Gainesville, where he excelled. Dr. Ballentine has been in practice since 2008. He joined North Port Dental in late 2010 as an Associate Dentist. “Dr. B,” as he is known to his patients, has chosen to continue his education after graduation, including a one-year residency in Advanced General Dentistry, as well as extensive training in implant dentistry.
In April 2018, he recognized a life-long dream, when he became a full partner in the business. Together with his wife and favorite dental assistant, Regina, Dr. Ballentine shares his home and life with two active sons. In their free time, the family enjoys cross-fit workouts, running 5K races, playing with their two sweet Pomeranian dogs, traveling and eating! The Ballentines are very proud of the high level of quality dentistry our office provides, combined with the outstanding attention to patient needs, both in and out of the dental chair!
Kristin A. Woods, DDS
Kristin A. Woods, D.D.S. is a long-term resident of Sarasota County. She originally hails from Buffalo, New York. The daughter of a general dentist, Dr. Woods has been fascinated by dentistry her whole life. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Woods entered practice in 2001. She has continued to expand her knowledge and skills in all facets of general dentistry, including cosmetic restorative work, endodontic (root canal) therapy, surgical extractions and restoration of dental implants. She joined North Port Dental as an Associate Dentist in 2007. Dr. Woods offers the highest quality of conscientious care, coupled with unparalleled skill.
In her free time, Dr. Woods and her husband Matt enjoy spending time with their two young daughters. Prior to becoming a mom, Dr. Woods enjoyed many leisure pursuits. She was an avid thespian, talented in dance and theater. She has run in several marathons, including the Walt Disney World marathon. She also enjoys travel, vegan/vegetarian cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Thomas R. Cherpak, DDS
Thomas R. Cherpak, D.D.S. is our most senior dentist, with over 35 years’ experience. A native of the Pittsburgh area, he completed his undergraduate degree through Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, followed by dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1984 and has spent his career in private practice. Together with his wife, Barbara, Dr. Cherpak purchased North Port Dental in 2006. For the past 12 years, the Cherpaks have always prided themselves on treating both their staff and patients like family.
In his free time, Dr. Cherpak is a die hard golfer. He loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also enjoys fishing, biking, walking his dog, Scooter, as well as traveling with his lovely wife.