A native of the Emerald Coast, Dr. Trae Pappas grew up in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he attended Fort Walton Beach Senior High. He went on to Louisiana State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor concentration in business management. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Modern dentistry is a rapidly advancing field, and Dr. Pappas stays on the cutting edge. He has advanced training in:
- Advanced cosmetics, including veneers
- Periodontal surgery
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Pediatric dental care
Along with the entire team at Panama City Smiles, Dr. Pappas is finding new ways to understand and maximize the body’s healing capacities. He is also incorporating newer, stronger, and more esthetic materials. Because he is always striving to learn, he has been awarded his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has been a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.
Dr. Pappas regularly attends courses and seminars at the local and national level, spends several hours every week reading the latest dental journals, and studies to stay advanced on the newest techniques and technologies. He believes this time investment is necessary to deliver the highest standard of care to his patients.
Dr. Pappas is an avid sportsman who enjoys all the coast has to offer, whether fishing, surfing, kiteboarding, or paddleboarding. When he’s not outdoors, he enjoys going to church, practicing the piano, and playing with his Boykin Spaniel, Ellie Mae.
When possible, he volunteers his time and talents to charities. In 2014, he was able to deliver oral hygiene supplies and instructions to more than 70 orphans in the mission project Hope to Haiti, which he encourages others to support. He also served on a board to help the Emerald Coast Autism Center build a new school on the Northwest Florida State College campus.