Dr. Lou Cerillo (left) and Dr. Affan Siddiqui are the primary dentists at the Cerillo Family Dentistry office in the Somerset Professional Park on Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms. (Photos by Charmaine George) 

With more than 30 years of experience in this area, Louis (Lou) Cerillo, DDS, of Cerillo Family Dentistry, has established himself as a trusted and highly skilled dentist in the New Tampa community and beyond. For the last five years, Dr. Cerillo has had a second Cerillo Family Dentistry office, in order to reach those who live in Pasco County. That newer office is located off S.R. 52, on Curley St. in San Antonio, just north of Wesley Chapel. And, after nearly a decade in a nearby retail strip center, Dr. Cerillo moved his Tampa Palms office to his own building in the Somerset Professional Park in Tampa Palms in 2001. 

Dr. Cerillo earned both his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He then completed his general practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln. He also has completed continuing education at the Dawson Center in St. Petersburg, the Engel Institute in Charlotte, NC, and at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After working as an associate in a dental practice in Nebraska for some time, Dr. Cerillo says he moved to Spring Hill, FL, to escape the cold.

After five years, Dr. Cerillo decided to move to the New Tampa area with his family in 1993 to open his own dental practice. He says he was attracted to the area because of the amount of activity in the community and because he and his wife Pam agreed that it seemed like a good place to settle with their four children. Since then, the Tampa Palms and New Tampa areas have experienced significant population growth, which in turn has brought a need and demand for additional medical and dental services. This steady, continued growth in not only New Tampa, but also in Wesley Chapel and San Antonio, led to his opening the second office, “and that office has continued to grow with the increasing population coming into Pasco County,” he says.

Working alongside Dr. Cerillo in the Tampa Palms office is Affan Siddiqui, DMD. Dr. Siddiqui earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida (USF) before earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton.

The San Antonio office also includes Katelyn Radner, DMD, who earned her B.S. in Biology and DMD degrees from the University of Florida, as well as a Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) degree from USF. Dr. Radner also is certified to treat patients with Invisalign clear aligners. Also working in the San Antonio office is Zayna Javeed, DMD, who earned her B.S. degree from USF and her DMD degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dentistry.

Cerillo Family Dentistry offers many comprehensive services within its general dentistry practice. This includes preventive care, such as routine cleanings, low-radiation digital X-rays, extractions and fluoride treatments, as well as emergency dental work.

Implants, Crowns & More

Recognizing that restoring dental health is equally important, Cerillo Family Dentistry also provides a wide range of restorative options, including dental implants and dentures, as well as crowns, bridges and partial dentures to further improve the appearance of your teeth. Available cosmetic dentistry solutions also include veneers and dental bonding, as well as teeth whitening (including take-home whitening kits), reshaping teeth, closing spaces between teeth and restoring worn or broken teeth. 

Patient Dave O’Connor says he has had a great experience with Cerillo Family Dentistry. “As soon as you walk into the office, everyone is super friendly and helpful.” Dave says. “We just moved to the area and couldn’t be happier with this office. I would highly recommend (it) if you are looking for an office that is professional and friendly.” 

Both Cerillo Family Dentistry offices (including the newer office on Curley St. n San Antonio) feature low-radiation digital X-rays.

Both offices accept most insurance plans, including Aetna, Ameritas, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta, MetLife and more. Also welcome are patients with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to receive dental services, Cerillo Family Dentistry is happy to provide one. 

Dr. Cerillo — who is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Florida Dental Association, the West Coast District Dental Association, the Hillsborough County Dental Association, and the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration — prides himself not only on the quality dental work both of his offices provide, but also on his commitment to the communities he serves. He was a founding member of the New Tampa Italian Club (along with local orthodontist Dr. Mark Farina and photographer/DJ Paul Gigante). His offices also have sponsored many local athletic programs and schools. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Cerillo loves boating, fishing, traveling, cooking, and enjoying a glass of wine with family and friends. 

Dr. Siddiqui also enjoys spending time with his family, trying new foods and watching soccer. He also is an avid exerciser, which he says is non-negotiable when you’re a foodie! He enjoys comedy, traveling, exploring new cultures, and making new friends from all walks of life. Dr. Siddiqui also volunteers at the Red Crescent Clinic in Tampa, which provides compassionate, free medical and dental care to anyone in need. No matter how busy he gets, though, he says his all-time favorite activity is spending quality time with his loving wife. 

(Above) Dr. Katelyn Radner (left) and Dr. Zayna Javeed are the dentists you’re more likely to see at the Cerillo Dentistry office at the corner of S.R. 52 and Curley St. in San Antonio. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Radner is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AAGD) and the ADA who enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Javeed is a member of the AAGD, the ADA and the Florida Dental Association. She enjoys interior design, baking desserts and makeup artistry. All of her hobbies require close attention to detail and a steady hand, which aid her in creating beautiful smiles for her patients.

The Tampa Palms office of Cerillo Family Dentistry (15277 Amberly Dr.) is open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday. For more information, call (813) 791-7871 or (656) 206-0147. Or, see the ad on pg. 36 of this issue or visit cerillofdtampa.com. The San Antonio office (11938 Curley St.) is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday. For more info, call (352) 268-9630, or visit cerillofdsanantonio.com.

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