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Dr. Apolonio Lirio, a West Virginia native, graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After working as a nurse for several years he decided to become a dentist. Dr. Lirio went on to complete his Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Doctorate in Dental Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Dentistry.

Following graduation, he completed his clinical residency in Advanced General Dentistry at Temple University and received an appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at Temple University. He was on staff at Temple University Hospital and Temple University Children’s Medical Center where he taught and performed highly specialized dental and surgical procedures in the operating room for adults and children with complex and severe medical conditions. After his time there, Dr. Lirio worked for several years as a family and cosmetic dentist in Marlton, NJ.

For the last decade, Dr. Lirio has dreamed of making his vision of caring, patient-centered dentistry a reality. Since taking over the practice at SRQ Dentistry, and with the full support and enthusiasm of his entire team, Dr. Lirio is thrilled to be able to implement his vision and take dentistry in Sarasota to the next level of excellence.

Since arriving in Sarasota, Dr. Lirio has become quite active in the Sarasota community. He donates dental services to members of our community in need with Project Christmas Smile and provides support to area programs such as the Sarasota Little League, Homes For Our Troops and The Make A Wish Foundation.

Dr. Lirio volunteers his time as the Team Dentist for the Riverview High School football, basketball and lacrosse teams by providing professional grade customized mouthguards and emergency dental services for their student athletes. Dr Lirio also serves as the referring dentist for the US Soccer U17 team. 

Dr. Lirio is a Clinical Instructor at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine and the Manatee Technical College Dental Assisting Program in Bradenton. He also enjoys watching college football, playing golf and spending time with his with his wife Stephanie and their children Jake, Max and Sophie.

Dr. Lirio is an FAGD dentist! What does that mean for you and your family?

Dr. Lirio is an FAGD dentist! What does that mean for you and your family?

FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this.

To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must:

  • Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
  • Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses.
  • Pass an exam equal in difficulty to board certification exams.