Meet Our Team

Joseph J. Thomas


Dr. Thomas is a general dentist and has a passion for excellence in dental health and aesthetic reconstruction.

Dr. Joe Thomas has Dental Practices in Vero Beach (since 1990), and also in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (since 2014). Practicing general dentistry and providing nonsurgical and surgical care to thousands of citizens in Florida, with a strong emphasis on surgery, dental implant placement, extreme makeovers, cosmetic reconstruction, public education, and prevention of dental disease.

Some of Dr. Joe Thomas hobbies include Philanthropy, full contact Martial Arts, and vacation travel with his wife Beth and children, Curran and Kritika.

  • Former Chairman of the State of Florida – Board of Dentistry – Gubernatorial Appointee
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Dentistry
  • Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (F.A.G.D)
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi-Course
  • Prestigious Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (M.A.G.D)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Over 1400 hours of post-doctoral dental continuing education
  • Fellowship and Inducted into International College of Dentists
  • Fellowship in the International Congress of Implantology
  • Fellowship and Inducted into American College of Dentists
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient
  • Pro-bono volunteer Dentistry to the financially challenged at the county Health Departments and Clinics
  • Guest lectures at UF, Nova Southeastern University and LECOM Schools/Colleges of Dental Medicine

Dr. Aurelie Despointes


Dr. Aurelie Huyghues-Despointes is originally from the Caribbean island of Martinique. She is bi-lingual and speaks French.

She received her dental degree from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and did a General Practice Residency at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio.

She is a Certified Invisalign Provider and takes pride in building long lasting relationships with her patients.In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, playing tennis and wake boarding.

Dr. Mariel Petruk


As a graduate from the New York University College of Dentistry DDS program, Dr. Mariel Petruk has clinical experience in arguably one of the busiest dental clinics in the country, serving a large percentage of the area’s most medically compromised patients. Not only was her clinical training thorough and rigorous, it incorporated treating those in severe need of dental care with limited access to resources. This became a passion of hers, demonstrated by an outreach trip to Nicaragua to serve those most in need; just one of the many instances she donated her time as a clinician. As a resident of South Florida for eighteen years, Dr. Petruk was committed to returning to the south Florida area to serve the health care needs of the local community. Her experience at the NYU Dental Clinic has taught her how to address clients professionally and respectfully, discuss their concerns, and manage their frustrations.

Dr. Petruk demonstrates a superior level of comprehension and a keen ability to integrate the different disciplines of dentistry in a comprehensive manner. She has a firm understanding of the underlying rationale of the treatment she is delivering to her patients. She has a wonderful work ethic and possesses the highest level of integrity. Dr. Petruk has superior clinical skills that are equally coupled with compassionate delivery. She also speaks fluent Spanish, which not only further helps patients in explaining symptoms, but also helps patients understand the treatment they're getting.

Dr. Petruk is actively involved in the local dental society, and was even selected as a voting member to the House of Delegates in the American Student Dental Association. She is passionate about continuing dental education; she delves beyond the superficial scope of any subject by immersing herself and attaining the greatest amount of knowledge she possibly can. In her downtime, she enjoys exercising and spending time at the beautiful South Florida beaches and surrounding areas kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Tara LeBuhn


A true Floridian,Tara was raised in Vero Beach. Tara has been in the dental field since 1997 and practicing dental hygiene since 2000. Tara graduated at Indian River State College in 2000 with a Certificate of Dental Hygiene and prior to Dental Hygiene she holds a Certificate of Dental Assisting also obtained at Indian River State College.

As a professional, her calling is to care for people and develop lasting relationships by promoting health, education and wellness through the provision of quality dental care. She attends a variety of continuing education courses that keeps her job interesting and exciting. In addition she serves on the State of Florida-Dental Hygiene Council to help ensure the safety of all patient's

In her free time Tara enjoys spending time with her husband being outdoors, boating, and just enjoying time with her family, friends and her two Chinese Shar-peis and a parrot that Tara has had for decades since she was a child.