Meet The Doctors

Jared Young, D.M.D.

Dr Jared Young - Lighthouse Point DentistJared Young, D.M.D., is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist; a Diplomate of The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He received his dental training in Florida, at Nova Southeastern University where he was a recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Young then returned to Children’s Hospital of Michigan to serve as Chief Resident and receive 2 years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. This specialty training involved education in general anesthesia, emergency medicine, cardiology, pediatric medicine, cleft lip/palate, conscious sedation, orthodontics, oral surgery, growth and development, and operating room dentistry. Graduating with Highest Honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Psychology, Dr. Young loves interacting with children and parents.

More important Dr. Young is involved in the community. The Lighthouse Point area is home for Dr. Young and his wife Catherine Young, D.M.D. He is currently the Broward Dental Association’s Chair for Give Kids a Smile, an annual charity event that provides free dental care to needy South Florida children.

ada-fda-dentist-pompanoDr. Young is a active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, and the Broward County Dental Association. He served on the Board of Trustees of The American Student Dental Association; on the ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations; and on the FDA’s Sub-council on the New Dentist.

Catherine Young, D.M.D.

Dr Catherine Young - Lighthouse Point DentistDr. Catherine Young is from Tampa, FL and graduated with highest honors from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Catherine went on to pursue her long time passion for science and health care in the field of Dentistry earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Wishing to deliver the highest quality patient care, Dr. Catherine completed a General Practice Residency Program at the University of Toledo Medical Center, OH. There she gained advanced training in General Dentistry as well experience in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, General and Oral Surgery. Each year, Dr. Catherine continues to study the latest advances in cosmetic and family dentistry. Dr. Catherine takes pride in using the latest advances in dental technology including digital radiography, digital intraoral cameras, dental implants, veneers, sleep appliances for patients with TMJ disorders, clear wire free braces, highly esthetic metal free crowns and bridges as well as mercury free restorations (tooth colored fillings).

“My goal is give you a bright, beautiful, healthy smile that can be maintained for a lifetime. I aim to achieve maximum patient comfort during every visit to make your experience easy and enjoyable. My primary interest is listening to what the patient wants and delivering care as if you were a member of my family. I recognize that each patient is an individual and has different smile needs and expectations. I take my advanced knowledge in the field of dentistry along with the patient’s desires in order deliver treatment in the most conservative way possible.”

Dr. Catherine believes her job is to make all of her patients as comfortable as possible, both physically and emotionally, which means the entire Bright Young Smiles team goes to great lengths to show that they genuinely care about every appointment they treat.

Knowing that many people are nervous about going to the dentist, Dr. Catherine offers in office Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide to ease and relax our more anxious patients.

With her advanced training and continuing education, Dr. Catherine finds there are very few procedures that require the patient to be referred to another office or specialist. Working alongside her husband Dr. Jared Young, a board certified pediatric dentist, we hope to make the entire family’s dental experience easy and convenient.

While away from practicing dentistry, Dr. Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their two small dogs. She also likes running, yoga, traveling and reading.

Dr. Catherine is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association.

She and her husband Dr. Jared Young currently reside in Pompano Beach, FL.

ada-fda-dentist-pompanoDr. Young is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association.


Dentist Lighthouse PointDr. Michael Gaffney is originally from Phoenix, AZ and relocated to the beautiful state of Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University where he achieved both his Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree in Biology. When considering career paths, Dr. Gaffney chose dentistry as he found it to be “the perfect blend of patient care, medicine and art”. He feels a healthy smile is universally admired as a sign of beauty and overall well-being. This sparked his interest to continue his education and earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

While attending the University of Florida, Dr. Gaffney was president of the University of Florida College of Dentistry’s second oldest fraternity, Psi Omega. During his tenure his chapter was awarded the National Chapter of the Year award and Volunteer Service Award. Dr. Gaffney was personally awarded the National Council Fraternal Achievement Award.

Dr. Gaffney takes great pride in providing great patient experiences through painless dentistry and precision work. He places much importance on breaking down barriers to make everyone that sits in his chair feel comfortable, attended to, and as relaxed as possible. “It is important to me that every appointment creates progress towards a healthy mouth; whether through education or quality work that I provide.”

While away from practicing dentistry, Dr. Gaffney enjoys exercising, spending time with friends, family and caring for his rescue greyhound, Kris.

Dr. Gaffney particularly enjoys serving the Lighthouse Point community at Bright Young Smiles. He says “I love coming to work because every member of our team is enthusiastic about being here. We understand that exceptional patient care goes beyond what occurs in the dental chair. Our front desk, hygienists, and assistants show up every day eager to make a positive impact.”


Our Dentists

Dr Jared YoungA Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Jared Young D.M.D. is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, and is Vice President of the Broward County Dental Association.

Dr Catherine YoungCatherine Young D.M.D. is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association.


Financing Options

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  • No Deductibles
  • No Yearly Maximum Benefits
  • No Exclusions for Cosmetic or Elective Care

Location and Hours

Bright Young Smiles
1930 NE 34th Court
Lighthouse Point, FL
(954) 781-1855


M: 8-5
T: 9-7
W: 8-5
Th: 8-5
F: 8-5
Sat: 8-2