Dr. Podaru’s commitment to our patients at Lakeland Periodontics is his first priority. The rapport he builds with patients gives him the ability to communicate well, be empathetic to their needs and provide compassion to patients during and after care.
Dr. Podaru has been a part of our Lakeland Periodontics team since 2015. He is both a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (ABP Board Certified) and a Fellow in The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCD Board Certified).
Before graduating from the University of Florida’s Periodontology program, Dr. Podaru’s dental training began at the University of Montreal where he graduated top of his class. Dr. Podaru then followed up with a 12-month General Practice Residency at Jewish General Hospital, in association with McGill University, where he served as chief resident.
While at the University of Florida’s Graduate Periodontics program – one of the top Periodontology residencies in the United States under the guidance of Dr. Rodrigo Neiva – Dr. Podaru received multiple academic distinctions. His compassionate and caring nature as well as his attention to detail and surgical skills (especially in micro-surgery) caught the attention of Dr. Belcher who decided to make him an integral part of Lakeland Periodontics as soon as he graduated.
When Dr. Podaru finds some free time, he likes to spend quality time with his wife Eva and their puppy Lexi. He also tries to stay healthy playing tennis, basketball and swimming. He also truly enjoys giving back to the community whether it is with local volunteering activities for children, the handicapped, or hundreds of miles away helping the needy during mission trips.