Dr. Kiara Garcia was born and raised in Miami, FL. She dreamt of becoming a dentist from a very young age and began her journey by attending Miami Lakes Educational Center, earning her Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certification.
Dr. Garcia then moved to Orlando, FL and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Her years spent at UCF are very dear to her heart since this is where her passion for dentistry and leadership came together as one. Dr. Garcia held multiple leadership roles including President of UCF’s Pre-dental Student Association (PDSA). During her presidency, she co-founded a scholarship to help pre-dental students attend the American Student Dental Association’s Leadership Conference. In addition, during her term as president, the PDSA received recognition as “Organization of the Year” out of 250 organizations at UCF. Dr. Garcia received the National Conference Scholarship from the Dental Society of Greater Orlando and was honored with “Volunteer of the Year” and “Officer of the Year” awards. One of the biggest highlights during her time at UCF was meeting her fiancé, Rick, an aspiring dentist like herself.
Dr. Garcia continued to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist by earning her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry. Her clinical faculty awarded her the “Student Award of Merit” for demonstrating the highest level of clinical and research proficiency in esthetic dentistry. The Birmingham District Dental Society and clinical faculty also awarded her the “Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year” award for her exceptional clinical abilities and patient-dentist relationships. Dr. Garcia has acquired the nickname “Dr. G” and strives every day to deliver the best care to her patients.
Dr. G continues to learn and advocate for the dental profession through memberships in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Florida Dental Association and the American Dental Education Association.
When not practicing dentistry, she enjoys cooking with her fiance, taking her pup Luna for walks, working out, exploring new restaurants, spending time with her family and being the best “Tia” to her nephews Ben and Nathan.