Dr. Patti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Her first career was in the banking industry as a Private Client Officer for the Trust and Estate Division of NationsBank in Tampa, Florida. She continued to yearn for something more though and went back to college in the evening after work.
After receiving her second Bachelor of Science degree (Biology) at the University of South Florida, Dr. Patti entered the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Detroit, Michigan. While studying dentistry, she was active in many organization, including Treasurer of her first year dental class. She also served as Vice President of her dental Fraternity, Psi Omega. Dr. Patti was even a dental student representative on the Michigan Board of Dentistry Ethics Committee. Dr. Patti graduated with honors from dental school and was inducted in the national academic and leadership dental fraternity, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
After Dr. Patti graduated from dental school, she completed a Pediatric Residency at Texas A & M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. While there, Dr. Patti rotated through Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Childrens Medical Center, several public health clinics in the Dallas area, and Baylor College of Dentistry. Baylor College of Dentistry Pediatric Residency is well known for providing an excellent background in hospital dentistry, special needs dentistry, medically compromised patient dentistry, pediatric sedation dentistry, and traditional pediatric dentistry.
Upon completion of Dr. Patti’s pediatric residency, she worked in North Georgia until she came upon Dr. William Hurst’s Pediatric Dental practice in Kingsland, Georgia. Dr. Patti purchased the business of Dr. William Hurst in August 2008 and renamed it, “Golden Isles Pediatric Dentistry” in honor of the beautiful barrier islands that protect our marshlands in Georgia.
Dr Patti is involved in state and national dental organizations. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Southeastern Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Her philosophy with dental care is simple: provide “Gentle Loving Care” to her patients, while building self-esteem and self-confidence in each child. Her behavior management style is to use humor while talking to a child and has been renamed by some of her patients as “Dr. Silly”. Dr. Patti carries that badge with honor.
Dr. Patti is married to Walter R. Carter. They have three 4 legged children named Juno the German Shorthaired Pointer/Chocolate Lab mix, Cody the Cavachon, and Mischa the Russian Kitty.