I decided to get into dentistry, because I like to work with my hands. I love medicine, and it was just kind of a good combination. Undergraduate, I went to Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi there. Then after that I decided that I wanted to attend dental school and went to the University of Tennessee in Memphis and graduate there, and then also did a general practice residency ina VA hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Continued education's important to stay up on, because there's so many advances in dentistry right now. There's been more advances in the last 20 years than probably the 100 years before that, so it's really important to stay on top of new technologies. I consider myself a technology guru, so I love to see what the newest, and latest, and greatest technologies out there that kind of afford patients an easier and better experience of treatment. Also, with advances in pharmacology it's very important that you stay on top of that and drugs not only that the patients are taking, but drugs that I administer to those patients.
We try and give the patient the best experience possible. My kind of role is I kind of treat more of your anxious patients, patients that are nervous about coming to the dentist. It's may have been 10, 15 years before they'd come. I treat patients under IV sedation, so I'm able to get those patients in and get a lot of work done that they'd neglected over the years due to fear, money, or a combination of both. To me, the most rewarding part of being a dentist is honestly changing people's lives. Some people don't even know what can be done until they come in and we show them what can be done. Then when they get that result, they're overwhelmed a lot of times.
Dr. Robert Carimi, a native of Memphis, TN, has been practicing dentistry since 2007 after earning his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Prior to entering private practice, he completed advanced training in surgical techniques at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis. He engages in ongoing continuing education, so he can provide patients with the latest advances in dentistry.
Dr. Robert Carimi and his wife, Brittney, have three daughters: Holland, Sutton, and Macayle. They are active members at Christ Our King School and St. Benedict Catholic Church. Dr. Robert Carimi’s hobbies include photography, relaxing at the beach with his family, engaging in outdoor activities, and traveling.