Leigh Bayer Curtis, DMD Dr. Leigh Bayer Curtis is the daughter of Dr. Peter Bayer, and she grew up right here in the great town of Fort Walton Beach, Florida! She graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1992 and then headed to Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Curtis earned a bachelor’s degree in health science with pre-dental emphasis. After college, she spent a year in Vail, Colorado, experiencing life as a waitress with unlimited time on the ski slopes and fun with her friends.
After Colorado, Dr. Curtis attended the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. She enjoyed being involved in the community and holding leadership positions in organized dentistry. She participated in community outreach dentistry programs and assisted with “Special Smiles” during the Special Olympics. Dr. Curtis also earned the Award of Excellence for her contributions to the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and the Alumni Scholarship Award.
Following dental school, Dr. Curtis did post-doctoral training as a resident in General Dentistry at the University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. During that year, she treated medically compromised patients and obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.
Dr. Curtis and her husband, Damian, moved from their “Sweet Home in Alabama” to New York City, where Dr. Curtis completed a residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Curtis enjoys the father-daughter team approach.
Dr. Curtis and her husband Damian Curtis enjoy the Emerald Coast for fun in the sun, and time in the Alabama woods to hunt, relax and enjoy nature. The majority of “free time” is spent with their children Hayden, Martha Rylee and Clark. Keeping up with each of them, their schedules and activities, keeps life busy and exciting for them.
Peter Bayer, DDS Peter F. Bayer grew up in Syracuse, New York, and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mechanical Engineering. He also received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, from 1961 to 1964 as an engineer in the 4750th Test Squadron.
After leaving the Air Force, Dr. Bayer attended dental school at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Dr. Bayer graduated number-one in his class and received many awards for his academic and clinical achievements. He then stayed in Buffalo to specialize and complete a Residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Bayer is an active member of several local, state and national dental and orthodontic organizations. He continues to bring the latest advancements in technology to his practice by regularly participating in continuing education courses.
For fun, Dr. Bayer enjoys traveling, flying, fishing and boating. He and his wife, Martha, have four children: Eric, Leigh, Zach and Lauren. Their family has lived in Ft. Walton Beach since 1976. Spending time with his family is a top priority for Dr. Bayer.