By Tatiana Ortiz

Dr. Hess and Dr. VanLandschoot Orthodontics from FishHawk Oral Surgery have remodeled their office, which is located in Lithia, which now accommodates its new state-of-the-art surgery center. Along with that, Dr. Hess and Dr. VanLandschoot Orthodontics have partnered with Dr. Patrick Abbey. FishHawk Oral Surgery provides a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical services.

“FishHawk Oral Surgery is a family oriented practice and loves treating patients the way we would like to be treated,” said Dr. Abbey.

Dr. Abbey is a board certified oral surgeon. He has practiced in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and brings his surgical expertise to FishHawk Oral Surgery. Not only does he work at FishHawk Oral Surgery, but Dr. Abbey still practices at his Tampa location during specific days. He specializes in dental implants, orthognathic surgery, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders), routine oral surgery care and wisdom tooth extraction.

Dr. Abbey attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate and dental degrees. After attending dental school, he received his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency in the San Francisco Bay area at Alameda County Medical Hospitals. In 1995, he reached diplomatic status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. His certification with the board is still active today. In 2006, he passed the recertification process.

Dr. Abbey chose the Lithia area because it was lacking someone who provides these services. The region has a great population and an outstanding choice of other dental practitioners, which is something Dr. Abbey was already familiar with.

“This was a perfect fit for us and we look forward to growing together with the community,” said Dr. Abbey.

Alleviating a patient’s pain, or restoring them to a normal level of function and chewing after years of disability is what Dr. Abbey likes best about his job. He said it is very rewarding.

For more information, visit It is located at 16305 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. Call 642-6611.

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Tatiana Ortiz
Tatiana Ortiz is a freelance writer with the Osprey Observer Newspaper. She began as an intern here in 2010 and has been writing since. Tatiana graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys photography, biking and being with her family.