At Carolinas Dental Center, we will always provide you and your family with the very best dentistry, as we work together with every patient to achieve excellent dental health and a beautiful smile. From your first visit, you will recognize the difference in the care we provide you, because we earn your trust to form a strong bond. As a team, we obtain all your individual goals in a caring and compassionate manner.
DR. THOMAS GRIMES
Dr. Grimes is a general dentist who was born in Georgia and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at Davidson College before earning his dental degree in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. For over 15 years, Dr. Grimes has been providing the highest quality of patient care at our practice. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to round out the Carolinas Dental Center team.
Throughout his career, Dr. Grimes has been proud to be at the forefront of the changes taking place in dentistry. He was one of the first doctors in Charlotte to start utilizing the CEREC™ one-visit crowns and partial crown technology, over 11 years ago. He and Dr. Phelps were the first dentists in Charlotte to offer the ZOOM!™ one-hour tooth whitening, and the first office in town to offer the Waterlase MD™ state-of-the-art dental laser. Dr. Grimes treats patients at the Matthews office.
Dr. Grimes is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Association.
DR. NAZILA ALIMOHAMMADI
Dr. Nazila Alimohammadi, also known as “Dr. Naz” by her patients, grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She attended Wake Forest University where she attained her B.S. Degree in Health and Ex. Science and Minor in Studio Art. She then went on to Creighton University School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).
In her spare time Dr. Naz enjoys playing tennis, doing art projects, and antiquing. Dr. Naz and her husband recently welcomed a little girl into their family.
Prior to attending dental school Dr. Naz did research in the subjects of cervical cancer at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and drug metabolism in dentistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This research was published in the journal of Dental Materials.
Dr. Naz’s interests in Dentistry are all encompassing and this is why she takes pride in general dentistry. She enjoys all facets including everything from fillings, crown and bridge, veneers, partials and dentures, extractions, root canals, and implant restoration. She is especially fond of complex cosmetic cases which include full mouth restorations. She has also achieved the highest level of Invisalign training and this is one of her biggest strongpoints. Dr. Naz is also a Cerec certified dentist, providing same day porcelain restorations such as crowns and onlays. Outside of private practice, she has worked in emergency dental medicine, gaining more experience to help get patients out of pain.
Some fun facts about Dr. Naz are that she is bilingual in Farsi and her public art piece “The Periodic Table” was published in the Journal of Chemical Engineering News and has gained worldwide acclaim.
DR. CHRISTOPHER PHELPS
Dr. Phelps is a general dentist who was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He moved to Charlotte in 2003 with his wife Amber and enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his two boys, Riley and Liam. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned his dental degree magnum cum laude from the prestigious Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he was awarded awards from the Academy of General Dentistry for “Excellence in General Dentistry” and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society which only admits the top 5% of each graduating dental class throughout the country.
Dr. Phelps has had the pleasure of providing the cosmetic dentistry for “Charlotte’s Complete Makeover,” an extreme makeover contest held in conjunction with Dr. Victor Ferrari, plastic surgeon, and Dr. Jonathan Christenbury, LASIK™ eye surgeon. In addition, Dr. Phelps has had several of his articles published in peer-reviewed dental journals concerning cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Phelps strives to be on the leading edge of dentistry but not the bleeding edge, ultimately providing his patients with all the latest available technologies and options for their optimum dental health.
Dr. Phelps is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Academy of General Dentistry. He has received certification in sedation dentistry from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S.) and has been awarded one of Charlotte’s Best Dentists numerous times over the last 10 years. In addition, he was given the Doctor’s Choice Award in March of 2016 which was voted on solely by other dentists and physicians. Dr. Phelps spends his time in the practice focused on Sedation Dentistry and Dental Implant cases and runs an implant training program where dentists from all over the country seek his mentorship and training to provide this amazing service to the patients in their office. In addition, he was nominated as one of the Top 100 Dentists in the US, beating out 6000 other Dentists nominated and was ultimately awarded the 2016 Doctor’s Choice National Award Winner. This award was nominated and voted on solely by other dentists and physicians. Dr. Phelps spends his time in the practice focused on Sedation Dentistry and Dental Implant cases and runs an implant training program where dentists from all over the country seek his mentorship and training to provide this amazing service to the patients in their office.
Dr. MARC RASMUSSEN
Dr. Rasmussen is a general dentist who was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He grew up around dentistry as both of his parents, and all three of his siblings are general dentists or periodontists. He enjoys volunteering his skills both domestically and abroad, having volunteered at our Dentistry from the Heart event, completed mission work in Jamaica, and most recently traveled to Nicaragua for a month to serve those in desperate need of dental care. In his free time, Dr. Rasmussen enjoys attending local events for the Matthews Chamber of Commerce, exercising, golfing, showing his family and friends around that Charlotte area, and cheering on his beloved Florida Gators. If you ask, he’ll be glad to share his thoughts about the SEC being better than the ACC, even though we know that’s not true!
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida where he was involved in dental research, received his master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University where he was both Vice-President and President of the Biomedical Sciences Society, and graduated dental school from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he was the recipient of the Student Leadership Award. Dr. Rasmussen has received advanced training from the Spear Dental Education Center and is an active member of Seattle Study Club, which are two of the largest international dental organizations dedicated to excellence in comprehensive dentistry. He has earned certifications in Invisalign, Fast Braces, and is continuously furthering his education.
Dr. Rasmussen strives to provide you and your family personalized dental care that exceeds your expectations. He offers many facets of dentistry including root canals, same-day crowns, implant crowns, fillings, extractions, and dentures.
Patient Administration Specialist
Patient Administration Specialist
Patient Administration Specialist
Jessie graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at CPCC in 2013. She has been part of the Carolinas Dental Center group since October 2016. Jessie is very easy going, relaxed, and does very well with patients who have dental anxiety. Although she enjoys the clinical side of Dental Hygiene, Jessie loves to teach and inform patients about how to maintain and improve their oral health.
Alisa is a gentle, yet thorough hygienist that is passionate about helping to improve your overall health through dental hygiene. She will work with you to find the right tools and tricks to suit your individual hygiene needs. She is enthusiastic about providing each patient the best dental experience possible.
She and her husband love to travel, surf, and snorkel, and are very active in their church community and love serving on mission trips. She’s enjoying getting to know the area, spending time with family and one year old nephew, and taking little weekend trips to neighboring towns like Asheville, Savannah, and Charleston.
Lead Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant/ Sterilization Technologist
Dana joined the Carolina’s Dental Center family in 2014. She received her dental credentials at the Dental Staff Institute. She is and expert in assisting the doctor and creating “tooth like” temporary crowns. In addition Dana is highly educated in patient safety and getting her patients prepared for their treatment.