Pediatric Dentist – Dr. George J. Meadows

Dr. Meadows was born and raised in Belgrade, North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of North Carolina, Pembroke. After graduation, he took a leadership consultant position at Theta Xi Fraternity Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, for one year before entering dental school.

Dr. Meadows graduated from Nova Southeastern University with his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in addition to serving in several leadership positions throughout his tenure there.

At this point, he decided to enter into the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for a 2-year general dental practice residency. He further developed his skills in sedation dentistry and medically compromised patients while serving as Chief Resident in his 2nd year.

Dr. Meadows always possessed a desire to work with children. So once he completed his residency at UNC-CH, he moved to Rhode Island and entered a comprehensive 2-year pediatric dentistry residency. He graduated from Lutheran Medical Center at St Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

In 2008, Dr. Meadows completed the rigorous process of board certification (written and oral examinations) with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He’s licensed to practice dentistry in Florida and North Carolina.

Dr. Meadows is also a member of several dental organizations including the American Dental Association of Florida, West Coast Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He served as the past leader of the Manatee County Dental Society’s community outreach program. He has a special interest in mission work, and regularly volunteers his services at Remote Area Medical events.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Meadows enjoys several activities. He loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and his daughter, Avah.

Dr. Meadows is also an avid sports fan. He enjoys playing golf  and fishing. He’s a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and North Carolina State Wolfpack fan.

Orthodontist – Dr. Michael Insoft

Working as an orthodontist has been a true blessing in my life. I can hardly call my profession as an orthodontist “work,” because I thoroughly enjoy creating beautiful smiles on a daily basis!

Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor of Science degree, Jacksonville University, 1987
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville – 1991
  • Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Florida. Gainesville – 1994

Staying on top of the latest innovations in orthodontics through continuing education ensures my patients the best care available. My dedicated team and I regularly attend seminars such as the Damon Forum and the Invisalign Ortho Summit. By providing state-of-the-art orthodontic appliances, I can give my patients a broad, beautiful smile with little discomfort in the quickest possible treatment time.

In addition to staying up to date with continuing education, I am an active member of several professional organizations, allowing me to be involved with the greater dental and orthodontic communities.

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Pinellas County Dental Association, Past President
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • Florida Association of Orthodontists

Awards and Recognition 

I am honored to have been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and chosen as a “Top Dentist” in Tampa Bay Magazine. Invisalign® has recognized our office as Top 1% of Invisalign® Premier Elite Providers in the country! This allows me to offer my patients effective and aesthetic option to improve their smile.

Outside the Office 

I am a native of Baltimore, MD, and have called St. Petersburg my home for over 40 years. My wife, Tammy, and I have two children, Brandon and Haley, and two dogs named Oreo and Lucy. When I have free time, I enjoy stand up paddle boarding with my dogs and wife, watching my daughter dance, and going fishing with my son.

Orthodontist – Dr. Rita Hurst

Orthodontics is the greatest profession in the world. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I use my education and hands-on training to the best of my abilities to give my patients the best results possible. I do whatever it takes to make my patients completely happy with their treatment and strive to achieve perfection!

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa – 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, University of South Florida, Tampa – 1996
  • Master of Science in Oral Biology, University of Louisville, 2001
  • Doctorate of Medical Dentistry, University of Louisville – 2001
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville – 2006
  • Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Florida, Gainesville – 2006

Continuing my education is the best way I can ensure my patients receive the most effective care. I keep up to date on the newest technologies such as Invisalign®, Damon® Smile, and Insignia™, throughout the year. I am also a member of several professional associations, giving me the chance to share ideas with other dental and orthodontic professionals.

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • Florida Association of Orthodontists
  • Pinellas County Dental Association
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Florida Dental Association

Honors and Awards

During my years in dental and orthodontic school, I was honored to receive numerous awards, including admission into the Phi Delta Honor Society, the Delphi Society, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. I was also awarded the Outstanding Leadership and Academic Excellence Award by the American Association of Women Dentists.

Outside the Office 

I am a native of St. Petersburg, FL and have lived in Seminole since 2006. My husband, Gabriel, and I have two children, George and Dominique. When I’m not in the office, I can be found spending time with my family and traveling.

General Dentist – Dr. Shamsia Shafi

Dr. Shafi was raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and has moved to Florida’s West Coast calling the Lakewood Ranch area her home. She has been practicing for over 13 years after earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the highly reputed University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to that, Dr. Shafi was awarded a B.S. for her double major in Biology and Chemistry and graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill.

The principles, which guide Dr. Shafi’s work, are built on a foundation of respect and trust. Her goal is to provide comprehensive and high-quality customized care utilizing optimal materials in a gentle, friendly, relaxed, and supportive environment.

She aims to help each person maintain and improve not only their oral health but also their overall well-being.

General Dentist for Children-Dr. Stillman

Introducing Dr. Vanesa Stillman into Meadows Family Dentistry. Dr. Stillman graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and finished an Advanced Education in General Dentistry there as well.

She enjoys offering children gentle and personal care that will promote healthy habits that will last into adulthood. She has medium fluency in Spanish and enjoys giving back to the community and dental mission trips. She feels using her skills to bless others is very important. Dr. Stillman is local to the Bradenton area along with her husband. They have 5 children together and mainly enjoy movies and fishing.

General Dentist for Children – Dr. Pardo