Located in 30 Avenue
12805 Hwy 98 E, Suite K-201
Inlet Beach, FL 32413
Derek R Fleitz DDS + Lindsey M Hoppe DDS Purveyors of Fine Dentistry

Meet Dr. Derek Fleitz

meet dr derek fleitz

I grew up and spent most of my youth in Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1995, I served five years in the United States Navy Dental Corps, both overseas and in the U.S., including a tour at the United Sates Naval Academy. I found my bride Kim in 1999; we married right here on the beach in Seaside in May 2000 and made our permanent home in the 30A community.

There were not enough permanent residents in the 30A area at that time to support another dentist, so I took over an existing dental practice from a retiring dentist in Panama City. My practice in Panama City was very rewarding for the 15 years, but then a dream came true to open my new office so close to our home, our daughters’ schools, and our community.

After 25 years of practicing dentistry, I still love my job. I love meeting and talking to people. I love the privilege of being able to improve each persons’ smile, which often helps him or her regain tremendous self-confidence. I enjoy the blend of the art and science that dentistry has to offer. However, the biggest reward of my career are the relationships forged with patients over the years. That is a true treasure! 

When I’m not in the office, you can most likely find me hanging out with my wonderful wife Kim, our two beautiful little girls Gabi and Zoe, and our labrador retrievers Max and Otto. We love strolling on the beach, kayaking in the lake, doing most anything outside, and attending many community events and concerts. On Sundays, you may often find us at A Simple Faith.

I do have a few hobbies as well. I indulge in scuba diving, hiking and travel when I can.  Mostly, I enjoy any activities my girls want to do: fishing, kayaking, hiking,  soccer, tennis and watching hockey, college football and IU basketball. Seriously, though, I love my two little girls so much; they are what keep me going!

When I met Dr. Hoppe, we found that we share passions in dentistry, values, visions, and philosophies. We also complement each other in much of our professional experience and what we like to do. The place, partner, and time were perfect, and so, with the help of my wife Kim, 30A Smiles is the result.

We are delighted about our partnership and our new state-of-the-art office conveniently located in 30Avenue. Dr. Hoppe and I would be elated and honored to have the opportunity to provide dental excellence and personalized service and attention to you and your family. We hope to have you as part of our 30A Smiles family.


Awards and Honors

  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Master of the Implant Prosthetic Section of the ICOI

Local Community Recognition

  • Voted “Best Dentist in Bay County” 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 from The News Herald’s Readers Choice “Best of Bay” Awards.
  • Voted “Best Dentist” in the Panama City area in 2008 in Panama City Living Magazine

Professional Memberships