Meet Our Team
Tampa Bay Cleft and Craniofacial Center consists of experienced, pioneering specialists in their respective fields. We are a team with various backgrounds, some work for Baycare, TGH, Adventhealth, USF, and some are in private practice. We look beyond our differences and come together, volunteering our time to this non-profit organization to make a difference in the world. One smile at a time.
The Tampa Bay Cleft and Craniofacial Center is an ACPA Approved Team and has met the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The ACPA Commission on the Approval of Teams has determined that TBCCC is capable of providing cleft and craniofacial care in a coordinated and consistent manner, that care provided by TBCCC follows the proper sequence and takes place within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. ACPA Approved Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals who work in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system to provide strong and reliable communication between team members, families and referring providers. All approved teams in the U.S. and Canada are listed on the ACPA website. The ACPA encourages patients and families to first consider ACPA Approved Teams for cleft and craniofacial health care needs.
Pat Ricalde, DDS, MD, FACS is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, specializing in cleft and craniofacial surgery. She is also the Director of the Fellowship for Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery at the Florida Craniofacial Institute, and the Director of Tampa Bay Cleft and Craniofacial Center.
Victoria Palermo, MD, DDS is an Oral Maxillofacial and Pediatric Craniofacial surgeon. Dr. Palermo brings multifaceted experience in the surgical management of cleft and craniofacial patients, orthognathic surgery cases, and surgical management of trauma.
Mohamed El-Rabbany, DDS, MS, PhD is an Oral Maxillofacial and Pediatric Surgeon. In addition to his surgical practice, Dr. El-Rabbany also has a passion for research.
Michelle Faoro is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Registered Nurse. Her goal is to provide you with compassionate care to help you reach your individual breastfeeding goals.
Sharon Durrett, DDS mastered the art of providing high-level orthodontic care in an environment that is stress-free for children and adults.
Emma Rushing, DDS is board certified with the American Board of Orthodontics. She provides expertise in straightening teeth with braces, aligners, orthodontic headgear, and more.
Matthew Ahrens, DMD is very passionate about the impact a beautiful smile can have on someone’s life. He is a Board Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontics, and has passed a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations.
Michael McIlwain, DMD is a pediatric dentist. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and as extensive training in sedation and general anesthesia procedures.
Casey Lynn DMD, MS specialized in pediatric dentistry treatment for infants, kids, and special needs patients. He is excited to provide quality dental care for his patients.
Maggie Davis, DMD is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, which is a prestigious qualifying status that is earned by fewer than three percent of all dentists.