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.
Dr. Walter Martin
Dr. Walter G. Martin is a native of Kernersville, North Carolina and is the younger son of two loving, incredible parents. During his free time, Dr. Martin enjoys playing and watching sports (golf, basketball, and football), traveling, reading, staying active in the community, attending church, and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. He and his beautiful wife, Brittney, moved to Charlotte in 2014. He and his wife are proud parents to their amazing son, Walter Jr., as well as their wonderful dog, Rocky. Dr. Martin obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Hampton University. Prior to entering dental school, he participated in summer programs at the dental schools of UCLA and UConn, which served to further his knowledge and interest in the dental profession.
Dr. Martin earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, MD. While at Maryland, he participated in the Geriatric/Special Patient Clinic senior clerkship; served as a student member of the school’s Admissions Committee; and was afforded the opportunity to travel to Salvador, Brazil for his senior externship. After graduation, Dr. Martin accepted a two-year general practice residency position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Martin gained proficiency in treating medically compromised patients, managing dental traumas and dental-related emergencies, performing extractions, as well as experience in crown and bridge procedures, root canals, partials and dentures, and restorative dentistry. During his second year of residency, Dr. Martin spent the majority of the
year treating veterans at the Durham VA Medical Center’s dental clinic. He is passionate about dentistry and improving his knowledge and skillset through regular CE courses, in order to best serve his patients. Dr. Martin is also committed to helping the underserved and is a regular Missions of Mercy volunteer. Dr. Martin is a member of the America Dental Association, NC Dental Society, and Charlotte Dental Society.
As a Charlotte resident and member of the community, Dr. Martin takes great pride in delivering dental treatment with a patient-first mentality. His warm and genuine chair-side manner develops lasting rapport with his patients. Dr. Martin is excited to join the excellent team at Carolinas Dental Center, and he looks forward to upholding the reputation of delivering top-notch dental care.
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.