Our Doctors

Dr. Brandon Larkin, DDS

Brandon Larkin has been a pediatric dentist in the Tampa area since 2016. He enjoys building relationships with patients and their families to promote a lifetime of good oral health. Believing that education is the best prevention, he emphasizes preventative routines and treatment.

Dr. Larkin was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Larkin developed a passion for working with his hands by doing carpentry work with his father at an early age. In college, he found that dentistry provided an opportunity to apply that passion while impacting the lives of others.

Dr. Larkin graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2014 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Larkin then pursued specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at Miami Children’s Hospital. His training focused on providing dental care to children, teens and chronic patients with special healthcare needs. He has extensive training in dental trauma and craniofacial abnormalities as well as conscious and unconscious sedation.

Dr. Larkin is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Southern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He has also been a member of the craniofacial teams at Miami Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s hospital. He has presented research at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, his research has been accepted for publication in Pediatrics, a leading journal for pediatricians.

Dr. Larkin understands that going to the dentist can be a fearful experience and thus strives to create a fun, safe, and trusting environment. He encourages parents to be involved in developing care plans for their children and welcomes them to the treatment area.

In his free time Dr. Larkin enjoys college football, the beach, and spending time with his fiancé Trish.


Dr. Lexie Bellows, DMD


Dr. Lexie has practiced as a general dentist for six years in Canada and found that her passion was working with children. Her desire was to provide the best possible care for children, so she went back to school in her thirties to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Connecticut. After she finished her residency and fellowship, she moved to South Carolina where she worked with a pediatric dentist in Mount Pleasant. She found South Carolina too cold, so in 2003, she moved to New Port Richey, Florida, where she started working between offices in New Port Richey, Clearwater and Plant City. In her own words, “I have been blessed and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the team at A Safari Dental.”

On why I do what I do and why you should trust Dr. Lexie with your smile:
– I love making my patients feel comfortable, calm and relaxed.
– I love making my patients and parents happy, and providing an enjoyable
dental experience.
– I have a passion to provide excellent care.
– I treat every patient as if they were my own child.
– I love getting hugs from my patients!!!

Education
– Doctor of Dental Medicine:
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

– General Practice Residency:
BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

– Pediatric Dentistry Residency:
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
University of Connecticut, Farmington CT

– Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship:
University of Connecticut, Farmington CT

Pets:
Bella (bunny)
Klover (bird)
Willow and Mason (dogs)


Dr. Kaitlyn Purcell, DDS

Dr. Kaitlyn Purcell has been a practicing dentist for over 10 years on the west coast of the United States. She has previously practiced in New Mexico and California as a general dentist with a specialty in pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.

Dr. Purcell immigrated from Vietnam and was raised in Garden Grove, California. She attended California State University at Fullerton, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. She later attended the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, where she obtained her doctorate in Dental Surgery.

Dr. Purcell strives for high quality dental care for all children, from a baby’s first tooth eruption through late teens, for a lifelong beautiful smile. She has recently finished a pediatric dental clinical residency program with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami to further her education.

In her free time, Dr. Purcell enjoys cooking and gardening. As a wife and mother of three, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family. Dr. Purcell loves the tropical landscape and amazing ocean waters of Florida that remind her of childhood.