Dr. Albert J. Fontaine is a true native of Florida.
He is a native of Bradenton, Fla. He participated in accelerated/honors courses in high school and graduated summa cum laude, earning a 4.3 GPA. Dr. Fontaine also served as class president, became an Eagle Scout, and served as captain of the varsity football and wrestling teams.
His leadership abilities earned him officer positions in college in the University of Florida's student government, honor society, Kiwanis Club and intramural sports teams. Dr. Fontaine took UF's most difficult science and math courses and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and minor in mathematics.
He was voted into the Golden Key Society, which recognizes the top 1 percent of all college students in the nation. Dr. Fontaine was also voted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and began attending UF's College of Dentistry. Even though he was a sophomore, he quickly became the College of Dentistry's President of Students.
During his junior year, Dr. Fontaine became president of all Colleges of Dentistry in the southeastern United States and helped six other Florida students achieve national positions. In his senior year he brought forth legislation to the Florida Dental Association requesting student representation in the organization. Dr. Fontaine won the legislation, and became the first and youngest student member of the FDA.
After graduation, Dr. Fontaine moved back to Florida and established his private practice. He continued serving in leadership positions by acting as the state chairman of Young Dentists and president of his local dental association.
He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Association and WPAA.
He not only attends continuing education lectures, but has also given many himself and been published several times. Dr. Fontaine is considered a specialist in orthodontics.
Dr. Fontaine has been married to his wife Melissa since 1987. Melissa holds degrees in nursing and child development, including a master's degree in nursing. Her father was also an orthodontist. Dr. Fontaine and Melissa have three children- Andrew, Tyler and Elise- who are active in church and school. Their family enjoys spending their free time golfing and fishing together.