Welcome to Florida Craniofacial Institute

Florida Craniofacial Institute is a comprehensive craniofacial and maxillofacial surgical center.  We use state-of-the-art x-ray equipment that delivers very low dose radiation, and is completely digital so we can email images to other doctors in our patients’ care.  We use digital photography and document patient progress in our computerized database. Our surgical suites are completely outfitted with the most modern equipment for your safety and comfort.

Our team of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has expertise with removal of teeth, placement of dental implants, and denture preparation. Dr. Tucker extensive experience with cancer patients, helping those who have been diagnosed with cancer to maximize their ability to chew properly, enjoy their food, and to improve their nutrition and overall quality of life.

Dr. Ahson has specialty experience in managing patients with traumatic facial injuries, including injuries to the eyes, cheeks, or jaws.
Dr. Ricalde did her subspecialty training in pediatric craniofacial surgery. Her area of expertise is the management of children with facial differences, and jaw deformities. Even though all of our doctors have different backgrounds and different subspecialty training, we believe there are no shortcuts when it comes to training and education. Any doctor who does surgery in the mouth or face needs to be trained with dental, medical, and surgical knowledge and have experience in managing complications that may arise from those conditions.

Our office is contracted with most insurance plans and our staff will assist with complicated insurance issues to ensure any financial obligations are minimized. Dr. Ricalde and the Florida Craniofacial Institute team also firmly believe in minimizing unnecessary tests and procedures, decreasing risks and costs of care.  We are proud to be a team here at Florida Craniofacial Institute and look forward to meeting you or your loved one.

Our office is centrally located in Tampa, FL, near Raymond James Stadium and St. Joseph’s Hospital, with easy access off of I-275.  As we are expanding into our new state-of-the-art facility, and welcome you to come visit.   Request a consultation or contact us to make an appointment.  

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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.