“As the only specialty in which the doctor, parent and patient can work together to make a difference through education and prevention, pediatric dentistry shapes a child’s view of the dentist. Much of a child’s anxiety at the dentist is fear of the unknown; but with a little time, talking and teaching, it’s amazing and infinitely rewarding to see a once fearful child become a trusting little patient over just a few visits! It’s this marriage of clinical and emotional care of each child that makes me spring out of bed to go to work every morning. I know I have the best job in the world; I absolutely love what I do. I feel honored, blessed and excited to be back in South Tampa! I look forward to meeting each and every one of my patients and to the start of a great dental experience for everyone. ”
When she’s not fighting cavities, she enjoys fishing, watching college football and any outdoor activity. And on rare occasions, she’s been known to spontaneously do a few flips down hallways – so be on the lookout!
Most important to Dr. Lauren are her husband, daughters Sadie Miles and Libby Rose, and her family. Married in June 2014 – and friends since they were 14 years old – Lauren and T.J. married not once but twice, with one ceremony at Tampa's Sacred Heart Catholic Church just as generations of their families had before them, and again in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Her daughters, nieces and nephews have her wrapped around their little fingers – and she loves nothing more than time spent with them and the rest of her family.
Dr. Lauren is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist) and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Tampa Bay Pediatric Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the West Coast Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association.
Dr. Lauren Companioni
Born and raised in South Tampa, Dr. Companioni attended St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School and continued her education at H.B. Plant High School. She then earned a full gymnastics scholarship to Louisiana State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned 1st Team All American status as a gymnast.
Upon graduating, she attended Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health earning her Doctorate of Dental Medicine as well as serving as Vice President of her class.
The school’s incomparable emphasis on community service, public health dentistry and oral health education provided the best education and dental experience imaginable.
With her passion always being for pediatric dentistry, she then
received her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX after her 2 year residency. At Baylor she gained priceless experience while on staff at three different hospitals as well as working at four different dental clinics in the greater Dallas area.
Although she strayed far from home for her education, her heart never left Tampa, and she always knew she would return.
Practicing with compassion, understanding and communication is paramount to establishing a beautiful patient doctor relationship while providing quality care. These qualities are what Dr. Companioni builds her practice on every single day.