Meet the Doctors

Kenneth R. Levine D.D.S.

Dr. Kenneth Levine is a periodontist, a specialist in placing dental implants and treating the gums and other tissues that surround and support the teeth. He has been serving the residents of Broward County and Boca Raton since 1976 and is a highly accomplished and experienced expert in all aspects of periodontics.

Dr. Levine has always practiced on the philosophy of providing the highest quality treatment using the most up-to-date technology in a comfortable and caring environment. Therefore, staying on top of all the latest technical breakthroughs in his profession through extensive continuing education is important to him. He has implemented many of the most recently developed diagnostics and minimally invasive procedures into his practice. He is also a proficient, long-time educator of other practitioners, and currently serves as a continuing education provider to other dentists in Florida.

Delivering the highest standards of dental care and taking care of the oral health of others has been a life-long goal for Dr. Levine. “My father was a general dentist, and I decided to become a periodontist since I enjoyed the surgical aspects of dentistry,” he says. “I like helping to ensure patients keep their teeth in good health, with excellent function and aesthetics, for the rest of their lives. Dental health is essential for overall health, so I am also able to have a positive impact on their overall quality of life.”

Education

Dr. Levine earned his bachelor of science degree with honors at the University of Maryland in 1968. He continued at the university’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and graduated with his degree as a general dentist in 1971. From there he received specialist training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, graduating with specialist certification as a periodontist in 1973. Dr. Levine set up his own practice in Tamarac three years later.

Postgraduate Advanced Training

Dr. Levine is a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute and the Pikos Institute—two of the most renowned advanced training centers in the country. He has taken further training from Dr. Hamid Shafie, Dr. Hilt Tatum and Dr. Gerald Niznick, three of the most prominent dental implant surgeons in the United States.

He has also completed the full advanced curriculum for laser dentistry at the Chen Laser Institute. He maintains an extensive schedule of continuing education on all aspects of periodontics to keep up with the latest developments in his field.

Educator of Other Dentists

An active educator of other dentists and periodontists for over 40 years, Dr. Levine is a former assistant professor of periodontics at the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University. He is also a former chairperson of the periodontics section of the Dental Assisting program at Broward College, and a former instructor in dental implant procedures at the University of Florida Dental Clinic.

Dr. Levine has served as a guest lecturer for the Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, N.C. and for BioHorizons®, the manufacturer of the premium-quality implants he uses for his patients. He continues to lecture and instruct his fellow practitioners on periodontics, restorative dentistry and implants as a Florida dental continuing education provider.

Honors and Awards

In recognition of his demonstrated skills and achievements, Dr. Levine has been awarded fellowship status in both the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.

Community Charitable Activities

Helping his community is important to Dr. Levine. He regularly gives his time, energy and professional skills to worthy causes. He provides dental treatment to needy elderly, disabled or medically fragile patients as a volunteer for the non-profit Dental Lifeline Network. He renders additional charitable dental services to veterans and holocaust survivors.

He also stages an office toy drive for hospitalized children every December. Our entire staff and Dr. Levine collect gift cards, toys and charitable funds and deliver them to the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at the Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Levine is an active member of numerous local, national and international dental organizations. He is also active in the following specialty organizations, including four where he holds an honor or executive status:

  • Fellow—International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics
  • Fellow—American Society for Dental Aesthetics
  • Member—American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • Vice President—Pinnacle Study Club
  • Chairman—Dental Focus Study Club

Outside the Office

Dr. Levine and his wife, Linda, enjoy golf, travel, and visiting their three children and seven grandchildren.

Rafael Porras, D.D.S., M.S.D.

dr-porrasDr. Rafael Porras was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He became interested in dentistry at the age of 12 after getting braces, and decided that would be his career path. After graduating from the University of Costa Rica Dental School, he spent several years providing general dentistry services for the Costa Rican government while also running his own practice.

After gaining a strong foundation in general dentistry, Dr. Porras sought advanced training at one of the top-rated dental schools in the U.S., the University of Connecticut Health Center. He completed his residency for Advanced Education in General Dentistry. While in Connecticut, he rotated in the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, and the UConn Health Center. Dr. Porras was awarded a General Dentistry Fellowship at UConn in recognition of having met extensive training and clinical requirements.

Dr. Porras went on to receive a certificate in periodontics and his master of science in dentistry degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. During his term there, he practiced in the Dental School Clinic in New Orleans and rotated in the Veteran Affairs Dental Clinic.

As a periodontist, Dr. Porras has vast experience in general restorative and surgical dentistry. He stays up-to-date on the latest dental implant, surgical and tooth restoration technologies through regular continuing education. Dr. Porras enjoys all aspects of his work and especially loves helping patients regain their beautiful smiles and oral health.

Community Service

Dr. Porras believes in giving back to his community. He participated in community service projects in his home country and has volunteered in Mission of Mercy’s free dental clinics in several cities.

Outside the Office

In his spare time, Dr. Porras stays fit with basketball, soccer and running. He and his fiancé, Andreja, enjoy travelling, outdoor activities and going the beach.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Board of Periodontology – Board Eligible

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