Dr. Fernandez was born in Cuba and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated first in his class from the University of Puerto Rico Dental School in 1982. He completed a hospital-based General Practice Residency in Dayton, OH and later on enrolled in the combined Periodontics Graduate Program at the Indianapolis Veterans Affairs (V.A.) Medical Center and Indiana University School of Dentistry where he completed his Master of Science Degree and Certificate in Periodontics with a Minor in Oral Pathology (Summa Cum Laude). He is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry and fully certified to provide Laser Assisted procedures (LANAP) for the treatment of periodontal diseases.
For more than 30 years he has been associated with the VA in different clinical and administrative roles: Staff Periodontist, GPR Residency Director, and Chief of Service. He has taught at post-graduate programs at Ohio State University, Nova Southeastern University and Palm Beach State College. Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) and as such is one of the Chief Examiners for the Dental and Dental Hygiene Licensure Examinations in Florida and nationwide.
Dr. Fernandez recently retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve with over 28 years of service. An honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Colonel Fernandez was a consultant and guest speaker at the U.S. Army Periodontics Postgraduate Program in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. His last assignment was as Chief of Dental Services for the U.S. Army’s South-East Medical Region, a region covering ten states. Dr. Fernandez particularly cherishes the opportunity he had to travel with the military in humanitarian missions to countries in Central and South America (e.g., Honduras, Paraguay, Panama, Ecuador) offering the needy native population dental therapies to alleviate a variety of dental conditions.
Dr. Fernandez lives in Jupiter, Florida and is married to Dr. Ivelisse S. Fernandez (retired general dentist). Both enjoy domestic and international travel, the culinary arts, volunteering in the community, and the Florida beaches. They have two children, Alfredo Gabriel (an aerospace engineer and attorney practicing in Hartford, CT, specializing in international trade law) and Patricia Ivelisse (an attorney specializing in employment law and serving as Corporate Counsel for a national company headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL).