Meet Dr. Joe
Dr. Joseph C. Tuazon was born in Detroit, Michigan, a first generation Filipino of parents who emigrated from the Philippines to the United States during the 1960s. His father, Ernesto Tuazon, MD, was an enormous influence and role model in his life. As a pediatrician in the Metro Detroit area, he encouraged Dr. Joe to pursue a career in healthcare.
Choosing to focus his studies in the dental field, Dr. Joe completed his pre-dental education at Central Michigan University in 1990 where he met his future wife Carrie. After being accepted to both the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan Schools of Dentistry, he made the decision to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery in Ann Arbor, Michigan and married his college sweetheart in 1995.
Mirroring his father's care and concern for children, Dr. Joe chose to continue his dental education by specializing in pediatrics. Following the completion of his Pediatric Dental Residency and Fellowship in 1998, Dr. Joe saw an opportunity to move back to Troy, Michigan, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and practice dentistry in his hometown. In July of 1998, he and his wife Carrie established Tiny Tooth Dental and served the local area children for nine years. In 2007, a dental colleague offered him space at Maplewood Professional Center in Sterling Heights and he was able to design and build a brand new state-of-the-art facility. Tiny Tooth Dental has been serving Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties ever since.
Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI 1991-1995
Pediatric Dental Residency, Case Western Reserve University/ Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH 1995-1996
Pediatric Dental Residency, University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 1996-1997
Pediatric Dental Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 1997-1998
Dr. Joe spends a considerable amount of time each year taking classes and seminars to refresh and expand his knowledge base. Dedicated to the continuing improvement of his facility through updated materials, better methods and procedures and improved efficiency, he spends his down-time perusing dental publications and internet surfing. His love of dental "gadgets" provides the office with new and better dental technology. He believes every improvement large or small will provide his patients with the best dental experience.
Dr. Joe is a member of the following organizations. Click on the links below for more information on maintaining your family's dental health.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Michigan Dental Association
Macomb Dental Society
Awards and honors
Hour Detroit Magazine “Top Dentists” honor in the field of Pediatric Dentistry 2019
Sterling Heights Diversity Distinction Award 2017
Dr. Joe grew up in Troy, Michigan, with his parents and three brothers. A dedicated family man, he and his wife Carrie have three beautiful daughters that fill their lives with joy. Named for Japanese Anime characters, Kiyone, Akira, and Reia have been influenced by multiple cultures their entire lives.
He spends a great deal of time with his family, enjoying food, wine, and travel. He is particularly fond of sampling new restaurants wherever he visits. Diners, burger joints, and fine dining; virtually any restaurant with a good rating and a tasty menu. His hobbies include music, movies, video games, comic books, and Japanese Anime.