R. Andrew Powless DMD


Dr. Powless grew up in the small town of Flora, Illinois as the oldest of three boys.  As an avid athlete, he was his high school football quarterback and excelled competitively at Division 1 tennis throughout college.


Dr. Powless studied Chemistry in western Kentucky at Murray State University (MSU). After graduating early, he was accepted into dental school.. In 1992, he completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine  while participating in the Illinois Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and serving as class President from 1988-1992. With guidance from the University of Miami, Dr. Powless completed an Externship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and continued on to complete an Internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University in 1996


Dr. Powless now serves as Vice Chief of Dental and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at Tampa General Hospital. He presently is the Program Chairmain for the Woehler Research Group along with active memberships in the American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association.

Free Time

In his free time, Dr. Powless enjoys spending time with his wife Willa, and three children: Ava, Johnny, and Jake. You can catch the family flying planes, boating, diving or at the children’s school sporting events.

His Professional Practices

Dr. Powless opened Florida Special Care Dentistry in 2000, treating patients and families from pediatric to geriatric. We care for all of our patients as if they were family. Dr. Powless has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with mental, physical and developmental challenges. He is very patient, gentle, and genuinely cares about his patients. Dr. Powless and his staff are fully trained to care for these individuals who may have difficulty receiving dental treatment in a traditional environment.

He purchased his St Petersburg practice in 2017.

Practice Areas

We offer dental care for the entire family including general dentistry, exams, digital x-rays, intra-oral pictures, emergency care, extractions, fillings-silver and tooth colored.

Family is precious and we treat yours like our own, from pediatrics to geriatrics we are here for you and yours. Regularly scheduled exams, x-rays and hygiene appointments are crucial for preventing dental problems, pain and issues.

Patients’ dental needs many times require treatment outside of the usual general dentistry services.

R. Andrew Powless DMD - St Pete Family & Cosmetic Dentist