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MEET THE DOCTORS

Meet The Team

Nina Cramer D.M.D. M.S.

Board-Certified Periodontist

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I am a board-certified specialist in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery. I am skilled in all aspects of treating periodontal disease, correction of gum recession, and placement of dental implants. I have a special interest in regenerative periodontal therapies to regrow jawbone that has been lost due to periodontal disease or lost by removal of teeth.

I completed my periodontal residency and Master’s in Oral Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia PA. I obtained my dental training and DMD degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. I also completed my undergraduate training at the University of Florida and graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Microbiology and Cell Science and Psychology.

I am a proud Florida native (Go Gators!) hailing from Groveland. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy boating and water sports with my husband, Chet, and our three dachshunds, Minnie, Meryl, and Lucy. I have a passion for agriculture -- especially beef cattle and honeybees. A lifelong Gator fan, I enjoy returning to the Swamp to watch Florida football.

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Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

Licensed by the Florida Board of Dentistry

Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

Member of the American Academy of Periodontology

Member of the American Dental Association - West Coast Federation

Dennis Davis D.M.D. M.S.

Board-Certified Periodontist

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I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.  I am well trained in all phases of non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy.  My undergraduate studies were completed at Florida State University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science. I went on to receive my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2002 at Nova Southeastern University. After spending several years in general dentistry, I completed a Dental Implant Fellowship at Southern Illinois University. I obtained a Certificate in Periodontology from the University of Florida in 2007. 

The experience I had as a general dentist allows me to work closely with referring dentists to establish a dental treatment that best serves patients’ needs.  My rapport with patients puts them at ease as I review each treatment plan.  

I contribute to the dental community by holding monthly study clubs where I facilitate continuing education for general dentists. 

I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hiking, running, biking, and swimming.  I live in Ocala with my wife and two daughters.  

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Brian van Aelst D.M.D. M.S.

Board-Certified Periodontist

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I am a Board-Certified Periodontist and have been a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology since 2008. My goal is to provide a compassionate environment where you can receive the highest quality of care in an environment that’s tailored to your individual needs. Using evidence-based therapies and ethical treatments to help you achieve a lifetime of oral and gum health, I value patient education. You are the most important part of your care plan, and I want you to have all of the tools you need to stay healthy.

I moved to Florida in 1991 to attend school at Florida State University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. After earning my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, I completed a rigorous three-year Periodontics program at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. For your relaxing and comfortable visits, I have also completed training in all levels of sedation at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

When I’m not collaborating with the rest of the team to ensure your dental care is of the highest quality possible, spending time with my family and our two golden retrievers is my greatest joy. I also like golfing, cheering for Tampa Bay sports teams, hiking, running, and most outdoor activities. I completed my first Tampa triathlon in 2010, and one in Clearwater in 2015.

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Damian L. Black, DMD, MS, FACP

Board-Certified Prosthodontist

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Dr. Black is a Board-certified prosthodontist with a passion for collaborating with our periodontists with a team approach to complex cases. He is an experienced master clinician with expertise in patient-centered treatment planning in prosthodontics, dental laboratory, and teaching.

Dr. Black was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in South Florida. He attended undergraduate college and dental school for his Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees, respectively, in the dual admissions program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After obtaining his DMD in 2010, He commissioned as a captain in the Air Force and completed a 1-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD-1) at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Afterward, Dr. Black eventually completed a 3-year specialty residency in prosthodontics at Lackland Air Force Base (Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland) in San Antonio, Texas in 2015. At the same time, he obtained his Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then had the honor of serving as part of the dental team for five years at Langley Air Force Base (Joint Base Langley-Eustis) in Hampton, Virginia.

Dr. Black assists in making Village Periodontics a problem-solving and highly reliable dental practice. With his experience in patient-centered treatment planning in prosthodontics, dental laboratory, and teaching, an excellent result can be achieved even in the most challenging cases.

In his spare time, Dr. Black indulges in fitness and wellness. He also loves to explore thrilling experiences such as hiking, indoor skydiving, zip-lining, traveling with friends, and enjoying rollercoasters (for the kid in him!)

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