Dr. Mark’s surname, Dawoud, means David. Biblically, David learned to play the harp, becoming a very talented musician. Word of his musical gifts spread, and David was honored by the invitation to play his harp for the King often. The harp had a calming effect for the king and generally for those who hear it. From this long-ago story, the name for Harp Pediatric Dentistry was born.
Dr. Mark Dawoud—known as “Dr. Mark” to all his patients—grew up in the New York Tri-State area. He received his DMD from Tufts School of Dental Medicine, following up with a dental residency at NYU Lutheran Medical Center working as a general dentist. Dr. Dawoud then completed an advanced certification in Pediatric Dentistry Specialty residency through NYU Lutheran Medical Center (now renamed NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn) where he served as the chief resident and enjoyed treating patients from all over the world. Dr. Dawoud is a Board-certified pediatric dentist who is licensed by the State of Florida to administer in-office sedation to his patients.
Dr. Dawoud became a Board-certified pediatric dentist to provide the most exceptional service possible to every child in his care but has a special affinity for working with patients with autism, Down syndrome, and cleft lip and palate. He has extensive training in laser dentistry, sedation dentistry, and hospital dentistry. Dr. Dawoud belongs to the following professional organizations:
Dr. Dawoud has been named one of the 2019 “40 Under 40” by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, which recognizes America’s finest young practitioners for their achievements in dentistry. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards this year will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists.
In his spare time, Dr. Dawoud enjoys actively serving at his church, spending time with his wife, exploring the Florida landscape, running, swimming, and tossing a football around.
Eleina has lived in both St. Petersburg, FL and Moses Lake, WA. She graduated from Academy 4 Dental Assistants in 2019, and she has additional training as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant.
She loves doing whatever she can to make dental appointments fun and less scary for the young patients she works with!
Eleina is the oldest of four kids, and the only girl in the family. When she is not at work, she loves to play video games, and she is a soccer player. She also enjoys doing her nails.
Johana is of Dominican decent, but she was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in FL since 2015.
She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Dental Assisting and Business Administration from York Technical Institute of PA. She is also OSHA and Safe Start certified with additional training in Radiation Health and Safety.
Johana loves making a difference in the lives of patients, and she enjoys the outdoors and travelling.
Justine grew up in Key West, FL and graduated in 2014 from Pinellas Technical College.
She is an AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Management) OSHA Compliance Coordinator who loves making Dentistry fun! Justine has a son who is young and energetic and she loves the beach and country music!
Katie is originally from Dade City FL and has lived in the St. Petersburg area since grade school.
She graduated as an ambassador from Ultimate Medical Academy with her Dental Assistant Certificate and she is currently working on an A.S. degree at St. Petersburg College.
Katie genuinely loves Dentistry and she has so much fun working with the kids, she finds it very rewarding!
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young boys and anything outdoor related, whether that means going to the park or heading to the beach.
To Our Current and Future Patients:
We at Harp Pediatric Dentistry are committed to the health and safety of our young patients, their families, and our staff. We would like to share with you the COVID procedures that we are implementing to ensure a safe experience for all.