About The Practice

Dwight H. Pate, D.M.D.

Dr. Dwight H. Pate graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1985. He then completed a residency program in General Dentistry at The University of Alabama in Birmingham where he began acquiring considerable knowledge in the concept of comprehensive dental diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment delivery. With this background he opened his private practice in Auburndale, FL in 1988. He continued his pursuit of comprehensive excellence by placing a strong emphasis on continuing education in order to stay current with the leading edge materials and methods available. This led him to complete extensive studies with The Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study in St. Petersburg, FL and The Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Swampscott, MA near Boston. Also studying with The Pride Institute, these studies and other ongoing continuing education have helped him to develop his philosophy of comprehensive state-of-the-art dentistry and help him to keep his diagnostic and treatment planning skills current and up to date.

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About Our Team

Our primary focus centers on listening to you and trying to understand your heartfelt wants, needs and desires. From the moment you call or visit our office, you will see and feel evidence of this every step of the way. Our team of experienced, highly trained and friendly professionals strives to make you feel relaxed and comfortable with your visit. We are eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.

Our next most important focus is that our staff is exceptionally, friendly and helpful. They take great pride and satisfaction in what they do, and they have a commitment to high standards of quality and integrity. Our entire team, from the administrative staff to the dental assistants to the doctors and hygienists, one and all, are licensed professionals with many hours of training and continuing education. We are all eager to help you achieve and/or maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful healthy smile that communicates confidence and quality to everyone you meet.



Sommer Moore, R.D.H. – Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Sommer has been in dentistry for over 11 years, both as a dental assistant and now as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is certified in Local Anesthesia Administration and is pleased to be able to offer her patients a more comfortable hygiene appointment. Perhaps her interest in maintaining a healthy mouth began in high school when she was voted “Best Smile” by her classmates. Sommer loves the beach and being on the water, especially when surrounded by family and friends.

“I love to educate patients on how to maintain a healthy smile.”

Danielle Denmark – Certified Dental Assistant

Danielle began her career in dentistry with Dr. Pate over 13 years ago! She resides in Auburndale with her wonderful family of 6: a husband of 10 years, her 20-year-old stepson, her 2-year-old daughter and 2 vivacious pups. Danielle loves to travel and try new restaurants, spend time with family and friends, and most evenings after work, you’ll find her working out hard at the gym.

“My absolute favorite part about my job is the relationships that are made with patients.”

Lesley Long – Business Administrator

Lesley is our Indiana small-town gal that has been working with Dr. Pate for over 15 years! She is an avid college football and basketball fan, including tailgating of course, and she exudes passion for her dog walking business.

“I love getting to know each patient and creating life changing experiences!! Go Gators!” 

Jennifer Oatman – Business Administrator

Jennifer has been with us over 2 years but her career in dentistry spans almost 20 years working both as a dental assistant and an administrator. Auburndale is home to Jenn, born and raised! This proud mother of 4, one of which walks on 4 paws, cherishes nothing more than spending time with her family, sharing stories, good food, and laughter.

“There is an art to each individualized case. I love seeing the confidence radiate from a patient when their dentistry is completed.”