Meet The Team

Our Office

You work hard every day to keep your family smiling and we want to be a part of that mission! As your local Sarasota, FL dentists, our team is proud to offer comprehensive dental services that are convenient, comfortable and cost-effective. Our goal is to help your family maintain a happy, healthy smile for years to come.

Michael Childers, DDS

Best-Rated General, Cosmetic & Implant Specialist with over 30 years of experience

"If you’re searching for a great dental office, look no further! Dr. Childers and his staff always take amazing care of our family! Never a problem getting an appointment, and super friendly and knowledgeable staff. From the front to the back we give them an A+!" Stephanie K. Read more Dental Reviews

Dr. Michael Childers is an award-winning dentist with over 30 years of experience. He has advanced training in implant dentistry and sleep apnea treatment. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry, among many other affiliations. Dr. Childers has also taught at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is a gentle, caring dentist with a chair-side manner that makes his patients feel comfortable and at ease. Dr. Childers enjoys snow/jet skiing, fishing, golfing and spending time with his daughter. Dr. Michael Childers has more than 30 years of expertise as a dental provider and is on a mission to foster superior health in all his patients

Shannon Gardner, DMD

Dr. Shannon Gardner is originally from Eustis, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with two Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Psychology and Nursing. Prior to becoming a dentist, she worked as a pediatric RN at UF Health Shand Children’s Hospital, where she discovered her love of healthcare and interacting with patients and wanted to become more hands-on with developing treatment options.

She quickly discovered her passion for dentistry after shadowing in dental clinics during her spare time. She enjoys incorporating her artistry and love of science to improve the oral health of her patients. Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and then completed a General Practice Residency at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, where she enjoyed serving our nation’s veterans. Her favorite procedures include restorative work, cosmetic procedures, and dentures.

Dr. Gardner loves to spend time with her husband and 10-year-old chocolate lab. She loves visiting family, exploring the local beaches, jogging with her pup, and enjoying beautiful Sarasota sunsets. She is thankful to be a part of the Waterside Dental team and cannot wait to meet new patients!
Shannon Gardner, DMD
Waterside Dental Sarasota
1058 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
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