About Us

Who We Are

The Tampa Bay Area Dental Association (TBADA) is a component organization of the Sunshine State Dental Association, and its parent organization, the National Dental Association.

TBADA serves five separate counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, and Polk. 

Our Mission

To promote the knowledge of the art and science of dentistry by supporting those measures which promote the elevation of the standard of health education, provide community activities which elevate the awareness of dentistry to the lay person and provide current topics in dentistry and correlated fields for obtaining continuing educational credits.

TBADA History

 

During the period of segregation in the United States, African American dentists were not allowed to join the major dental associations. This was most apparent on the local level, and Tampa was not an exception.  


In 1952 Dr. Carl H. Norton spearheaded a drive to unite the black dentists in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Carl Norton, along with Doctors William O. Bunch, Martin Silas, David E. Smith, Prince A. Ervin, Leroy Ervin, and James L. Green, formed the Technique Dental Study Club. The purpose of the organization was to promote camaraderie among its members, to provide service to the community and to provide a forum for the dissemination of new dental information to its members.  


The organization has prospered and grown through the years. The membership includes over 25 dentists and specialists from Tampa, Lakeland, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. The name has been changed to The Tampa Bay Area Dental Association and is a recognized component of the Florida Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association and the National Dental Association.

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TBADA Executive Board

President

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[ Dr. Lorraine C. Tomlinson ]

Dr. Lorraine Tomlinson received her dental degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC. After working a short time in Northern Virginia and Maryland, she relocated back to Tampa, her native city. Dr. L is passionate about helping her patients. She keeps up-to-date by attending courses that teach the best methods and techniques in the industry. 


Dr. L is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, Tampa Bay Area Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. L is an avid music lover, who loves to travel. She is blissfully married and considers her many pets her children for now. 

Vice President

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[ Dr. Natalie Bryant ]

Dr. Natalie Bryant is a native of Saint Petersburg, FL. She received her dental degree from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. After receiving her training, she returned to the Tampa Bay area to practice periodontics and implant dentistry.


She is also a member of:  International Congress of Oral Implantologists Fellow and Diplomate and American Academy of Periodontology Diplomate. 


She looks forward to treating the community with care and compassion.


Secretary // Past President (2016)

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[ Dr. Gail McDonald-Chang ]

Dr. McDonald-Chang graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1995 and completed a one year residency prior to entering private practice in 1996. She has over 20 years of experience in the dental field and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health. Dr. McDonald-Chang is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, Tampa Bay Area Dental Association and Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU).  


Born and raised in Jamaica, she is married and has two sons. Dr. McDonald-Chang enjoys traveling and learning about new places, cultures, and food. She volunteers at the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP), and is continually increasing her dental knowledge by taking continuing dental education courses. 

Treasurer

Dr. Tomlinson
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[ Dr. Angella Tomlinson ]

 Dr. Tomlinson graduated from Howard University School of Dentistry in 1986. She was a Captain in the Air Force from 1987-1990. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Tomlinson is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, Tampa Bay Area Dental Association, American Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Association, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), and a Dawson Academy Alumni. 


She was born and raised in the reggae capital of the world, the sun-drenched tropical island of Jamaica. She is married to her husband Richard. Dr. Tomlinson has a son who is a financial analyst and a daughter who has followed in her footsteps, and is a dentist in the practice.


Dr. Tomlinson enjoys tennis, music, and art. She also enjoys playing the piano and the saxophone. She is keen on providing the utmost dental care to her patients. She has an engaging personality that puts her patients at ease. Dr. Tomlinson is constantly keeping up with the latest technologies in the dental field. Her passion for dentistry is evident in the level of commitment she has towards her patients.

Member at Large

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[ Dr. William F. Marsh ]

After graduating from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1970, Dr. Marsh served as a dental officer for two years before entering specialty training. In 1974, he began working as a public health dentist in Lakeland, Fl. and the following year opened his private orthodontic practice in Tampa, Fl. Dr. Marsh maintained both careers for 27 years and is now devoting his full attention to Marsh Orthodontics. 


He is a member of:  American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Dental Association, Central Florida Orthodontic Study Club, Hillsborough County Dental Association, Sunshine State Dental Association, Florida Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, Continental Orthodontic Study Club, World Federation of Orthodontists, American College of Forensic Examiners and 

International College of Dentists

TBADA Events

Association Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the following months:

January, March, May, September and November

No upcoming events.

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Tampa Bay Area Dental Association (TBADA)

4119 N. Taliaferro Ave, Tampa, FL 33603, US