Meet the Dentist in Lake City
Dr. John Batlle received his undergraduate education at the University of Florida where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1979. He then attended the UF College of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1983. After graduating, he worked for the State of Florida and received his commission in the Navy Reserve Dental Corps. He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002 where he served as the dentist for Detainee Operations and Navy Hospital GTMO. Some of Dr. Batlle’s many other interesting Navy assignments include humanitarian operations in Kodiak Island, Alaska, and Horn of Africa’s Kenya. Dr. Batlle is a skilled photographer whose office is adorned with images from these adventures. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve after 26 years of service.
Dr. Batlle loves to practice all aspects of general dentistry, with a special passion for aesthetics. He holds a Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor Appointment in Community Dentistry at the UF College of Dentistry and also held a Courtesy Appointment in the UFCD Department of Endodontics for thirteen years. He is a member of the North Central Florida International Team for Implantology (ITI) Study Club, Academy of General Dentistry, American, Florida, and Alachua County Dental Associations. He is an active member of the Lake City Rotary Club.
Dr. Batlle is married to his wife, Laura. She is a dental hygienist who teaches in the dental programs at Sante Fe College and is an aerobics instructor at Gainesville Health and Fitness. They have two sons, Jonathan and Dylan, who graduated from the University of Florida and are now Dental Students at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. When not serving his patients in Lake City, Dr. Batlle typically volunteers on dental mission trips annually and donates his time at the Sante Fe College’s WeCare Program or on the Florida Baptist Association Mobile Dental Bus. He works through this through Trinity United Methodist Church or the UF College of Dentistry, where he teaches oral surgery to the dental students. He enjoys workouts at the gym, running half marathons, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, surfing and golf.