Dr. Joe, as his patients affectionately call him, grew up in Lake Ridge, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he completed his Orthodontic Residency at Nova Southeastern University and received a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He was eager to return to Virginia, and has been practicing orthodontics since 2004 with Dr. Griffin. Dr. Joe currently resides in Gainesville with his wonderful wife, Cristina.