Dr. Luce is passionate about dentistry! She derives great professional satisfaction from relating to and helping children who have experienced dental trauma, similar to the one she had at a young age. Her experience influenced her in such a positive manner that she decided that dentistry was what she wanted to do!
Dr. Luce loves the variety of children and personalities she gets to work with. Every day, she has an opportunity to make a difference, whether it’s being able to calm a small child’s fear of the dentist or educating a teenager on better hygiene practices.
She also enjoys working with the amazing Lakeland Pediatric team! She loves being a part of their themed Fridays during the summer: dressing up and celebrating holidays with balloons and fun outfits. Dr. Luce feels lucky to be a part of an office that loves to have fun in everything they do!
Education and Experience
Dr. Luce has been a dentist since 2009 and a pediatric dentist for at least half a dozen years. She began her formal education at Stetson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.
While attending dental school at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Dr. Luce went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic that really ignited her passion for treating children. After dental school, she worked at the Pinellas County Health Department for more than three years, treating mainly children.
During this time, she decided that she wanted to work with children exclusively, and that she would need to pursue the formal training of a pediatric dental residency in order to become an expert in treating children’s dental needs. She returned to the University of Florida College of Dentistry for her certificate in pediatric dentistry, where she served as chief resident.
Dr. Luce is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and earned the Richard C. Pugh Award for outstanding performance (top 3%) on her written board exam. She enjoys staying up to date on current research in the field and finds it essential to her practice. She also attends several continuing education classes every year. In fact, when she was a resident, she won the Ralph E. McDonald Research Award for the most outstanding research project at the annual conference!
Dr. Luce values the opportunity to be a part of organized dentistry, and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Florida PedoGators, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Pinellas County Dental Association.
Outside the Office
Dr. Luce has been a Floridian all of her life! She moved back to St. Petersburg after finishing her residency at UF in 2015.
Dr. Luce is married to Aaron (aka Dr. Scheps), and they love being able to spend time together at work, too! They have a Miniature Dachshund, Sadie, who was rescued as a puppy in Gainesville! They love to explore new places, as well as just enjoy the beauty of what Florida has to offer. On the weekends, they like to try new restaurants, visit the beach, and spend time with family and friends. Dr. Luce and Dr. Scheps are also Tampa Bay sports enthusiasts and love Florida Gator football … Go Gators!
Dr. Luce loves all things glitter, and usually wears something with sparkles on a daily basis. Aside from her love for Dachshunds, her spirit animal is a unicorn!
Along with the rest of our practice, Dr. Luce supports many community programs, including school, church, and athletic activities. She participates in the Give Kids a Smile volunteer program, and particularly enjoys holiday shopping for Toys for Tots and other community-based Christmas toy drives.