Our Practice

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. 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.

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.

Administration

Alina

Treatment/Financial Coordinator

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Alina was born in Russia on the outskirts of Moscow and moved to Sacramento, CA in 1991. In 2014 she moved to Charlotte N.C. Alina loves to travel, visit her family in CA and is active in her church. Alina has been in the dental field for over 14 years and joined our dental family in 2015, and she is fluent in Russian in addition to English. Alina is excellent in accommodating your needs, explaining your dental benefits and eliminating any of your anxieties. She looks forward to meeting you at your visit with us.

Katie

Patient Coordinator

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Katie was born and raised in Waxhaw NC, and now resides in Monroe NC. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends; especially her niece and nephew! She spends a lot of time at the lake, and traveling anywhere to see new things, Nashville being her favorite place to visit. She is Mama to a pet cow; Clover and an Australian shepherd; Waylon. Katie worked in the Emergency room for 5 years before making the switch to dentistry, which she loves. She works at the front desk, and looks forward to being the first one to welcome you to our practice when you arrive! P.S She is destined to be a famous country singer so you should come to our practice and ask for her autograph before she makes it big!

Lauren

Patient Coordinator

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Lauren was born and raised in Marshville NC, Lauren comes from a big family, where she is the oldest of 8 children and she has two beautiful children of her own (3 if you include her sweet pup, Sophie) . Lauren is a very outgoing person and loves a good conversation, meeting new people and building new friendships. In her free time she enjoys doing DIY projects and shopping for home decor; channeling her inner Joanna Gaines. Her dream is to one day to visit Waco, TX and spend a whole day at The Magnolia Market at the Silos and make Joanna her new best friend. Lauren is the newest member of our front office team and looks forward to being the first person to Welcome you to our practice. Don’t hesitate to start a conversation with her, she would love to learn about you as well!

Amber

Patient Administration Specialist

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Amber was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. (That’s right folks, a true Charlottean!) She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three dogs: Chloe the Yorkie, Tucker the Jack Russell and Cooper the yellow Lab. She loves working out and traveling with her family and friends. Since 2009, Amber has been a part of the Carolinas Dental Center team. Helping to make a patient’s treatment plan fit into his or her budget is one of Amber’s strong suits. Amber is an expert at working with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits. As our main dental insurance coordinator, Amber goes above and beyond making sure your dental insurance company doesn’t dictate your treatment. Also, she will help you maximize every dollar insurance should pay towards your dental care.

Dental Hygienists

Barbara

Dental Hygienist

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Barbara grew up in Savannah, Ga. She is married and has 3 grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, exercising, traveling and watching the Georgia Bulldogs, UNC Tar Heels, and Carolina Panthers. Barbara received her dental hygiene degree from Armstrong State University in Savannah. She has over 30 years of experience and has been with our practice since 1990. She has welcomed the many changes in dentistry over the years and truly enjoys her profession. Prior to joining our practice, Barbara worked in a pediatric dental office in Savannah for 10 years. She is skilled in the use of the prophy jet air polisher for those patients with excessive staining. She has volunteered her services to the Monroe Community Shelter Dental Bus and to our annual Dentistry From the Heart event. Barbara is an expert hygienist who educates her patients regarding the link between oral health and overall health, such as the link between bacteria in the mouth from not having regular dental cleanings and heart attack and stroke risk.

Jessie

Dental Hygienist

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Jessenia was born in Puerto Rico but has been living in Charlotte for the past 19 years. In her free time Jessie loves to lift weights, run, dance, read, watch stand up comedy, help do community service with her church, and travel; especially anywhere there is a beach! Jessie has been to Canada, Italy, France, Spain, and Australia. She hopes visit the rest of Europe, and parts of Asia and Africa. If you’re a music lover, Jessie listens to a little bit of everything. She always has a music party going on in her room; you never know what will be playing!

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.

Hailey

Dental Hygienist

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Hailey was born in Vietnam and was raised in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys living in Pineville with her husband, their daughter, Kaitlyn, and their dog named Bear. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cheering on the Tar heels during basketball season. She can be found chasing after her daughter at the park on warm days. She obtained her dental hygiene degree in 2008 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been part of the Carolinas Dental Center team since 2013. Hailey provides exceptional dental care to all her patients and ensures a positive experience. Hailey is an expert hygienist in educating patients on the link between oral health and overall health such as how not getting routine cleanings can increase your risk of low birth weight and gum disease in pregnant women.

Sheldon

Dental Hygienist

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Sheldon was born in Champlain, New York, and raised in North Carolina. He currently resides in Waxhaw. After graduating from Parkwood High School, he attended Central Piedmont Community College and obtained his Dental Assistant II license in 2009. Sheldon went on to receive accreditation and certification through the Dental Assisting National Board. Sheldon furthered his education in dentistry and obtained his dental hygiene license from Central Piedmont Community college in 2017, and received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award for being top in his class clinically. Sheldon has worked side by side with Dr. Naz for the past nine years, and with his knowledge and love for dentistry he is able to ensure each patient has an amazing and fun experience from the moment they walk through our doors. When not at work, Sheldon loves to spend time with his friends and family (he is the youngest of five children!). He also loves to work on his Camaros, attend auto shows, sing karaoke and give back to the community as an active volunteer at The Urban League Ministries, the Missions of Mercy(MOM) clinic, and Dentistry From The Heart. Sheldon is also an active member in the American Dental Hygiene Association.

Alisa

Dental Hygienist

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Alisa is a beach bum from California’s Central Coast. She joined CDC in May of 2017 as she and her husband recently moved from sunny San Diego for her husband’s employment opportunity with Elevation Church. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and a minor in biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and later received her Associate’s in Dental Hygiene from Concorde Career College in 2014.

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.

Dental Assistants

Mariya

Lead Dental Assistant

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Mariya was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and relocated to the United States in 1999. She proudly calls Charlotte home, where she lives with her husband and two beautiful children, Elizabeth and Leontiy. Mariya loves to spend time with her friends, family, and their Yorkshire Terrier, Barsik. In her spare time, she enjoys decorating projects and traveling. In 2004, Mariya obtained her Dental Assistant certification in St. Petersburg, FL, to add to her accredited and extensive dental background from Ukraine. In addition, Mariya has received advanced assistant certifications. She joined the Carolinas Dental Center team in 2013 and is continuously improving her skills and knowledge of the latest dental technology. She is an expert in Implant Surgery, FastBraces, Invisalign and Cerec. Mariya takes great joy in helping her patients feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their treatment.

Amie

Dental Assistant

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Amie was born in Tampa, Florida and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She moved to the Carolinas in 2015. She is a married, mother of two and loves spending time with her family. She has over 10 years of experience as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant/DA II. She pays close attention to detail and is focused on patient comfort. She started at Carolinas Dental Center in April of 2017 and looks forward to a lasting career here, where her skills are utilized to their fullest potential.

Claudia

Dental Assistant

Maddie

Dental Assistant

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Miranda

Dental Assistant

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