Recent News from Florida Craniofacial Institute

William Sivertsen, a 17-year old student at East Bay High School, recently delivered 30 cleft teddy bears to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Sivertsen was born with a unilateral cleft lip and underwent craniofacial surgery when he was just two days old. While the surgery repaired the facial abnormality, his early childhood was difficult due to the condition; he struggled to eat and gain weight, fell sick often, had two additional surgeries, and required speech therapy.

“I know the first few years were very challenging,” said Sivertsen. “I was very lucky to have a loving family and supportive schools, teachers and friends.” When Sivertsen turned three years old, he received a teddy bear with a cleft sewn above his lip, and always treasured the gift. When it came time for him to choose a project to attain his Eagle Scout Badge, he wanted to use his personal experience to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Pat Ricalde, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at the hospital was on site to accept the teddy bear donation. “I am truly inspired by his gesture,” said Ricalde. “Coming from a teenage boy who fought this battle as a child and
came out on top is even more symbolic. He is a role model for these kids, and he is giving back to help them overcome their fears.”

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Local Scout Delivers Cleft Teddy Bears To Patients At St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Meet the Doctors

We are a team of dedicated medical professionals that specialize in oral and maxiofacial surgical care.

Dr. Pat Ricalde

Dr. Pat Ricalde

MD, DDS, FACS

Pat Ricalde, MD, DDS, FACS is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, specializing in maxillofacial reconstruction. In addition to Board Certification, she is the only Fellowship Certified Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon in the entire Tampa Bay region. Her area of expertise is pediatrics, and she offers patients office sedation as well as hospital-based care.

Dr. Mark Tucker

Dr. Mark Tucker

DDS, FACD, FICD

W. Mark Tucker, DDS, FACD, FICD is a seasoned, well-known oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Tampa Bay. His specialities include teeth extractions, cancer screenings, implants, and the removal of oral lesions. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Victoria Palermo

Dr. Victoria Palermo

MD, DMD

Victoria Palermo, MD, DDS completed her Fellowship in 2016, under the tutelage of Dr. Pat Ricalde, and joined the surgical team of Florida Craniofacial Institute in early 2017. She graduated from dental school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Imran Ashan

Dr. Imran Ashan

MD, DMD

Imran Ahson, MD, DMD was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. He attended the University of Florida, completing his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to complete his Doctorates in Dentistry and Medicine at UF, and finished Oral and Maxillofacial residency in Jacksonville, FL. He has been to Bangladesh, Ecuador, Thailand, and Greece to help underserved populations.