Meet the Doctors

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Meet the Doctors


Dr. Pam Dassenko

Dr. Pam Dassenko has been practicing dentistry for 35 years. She is a 1980 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where she was elected to membership in the Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and received both the American Academy of General Dentistry Award and the President's Award for her graduating class.

She also taught in the Restorative and Prosthodontic departments at Loma Linda during her senior year and immediately following graduation. She has completed postgraduate work in full mouth restoration and aesthetic dentistry from the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study and The Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education, and she is both a Surgical and Prosthodontic graduate of the Misch Implant Institute. Dr. Dassenko is a member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. She is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Dassenko's other passion is music. She is a violinist and the co-concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Her volunteer work has been as president of the San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony Board of Directors from 2000-2004, and chair of the development committee from 2004-2006. Pam and her husband enjoy hiking in the hills around San Luis Obispo and traveling together. Pam and her husband have one daughter and son-in-law who live in the Bay Area. Their daughter works for the British Consulate in their International Trade division and her husband is a free-lance musician playing classical and jazz bass. 
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Dr. Carrie Ramirez

As far back as my memories will take me, I have always desired a career in dentistry. I was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines for the early part of my childhood. At age 9, my family moved to San Francisco, and eventually to Stockton, California. Being blessed with the knowledge of my future career goal in dentistry and a determination to achieve it, I followed a fast-track course in high school and graduated in three years. I continued the three year pattern as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and as a post-graduate at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, now the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. I graduated in 2000, and received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. I headed back to Stockton to practice dentistry close to my family.
In 2001, my college sweetheart, David and I were married. In the same year, I took over a dental practice in Stockton. Our oldest son was born in 2003. David and I knew that we wanted a bigger family so I decided to dedicate myself full time to raising our little family. In 2006 I sold my practice before the birth of our daughter. Our family became complete in 2008 when our youngest son was born. I took on associateship positions after the transfer of my practice to satisfy my dentistry-hungry hands; I enjoyed my career too much to leave it alone for too long.

Our family of five was quickly outgrowing our house and David and I were ready for a change. We decided to move on and set our roots in a community that was more conducive to raising intelligent and well-rounded children. One visit to the central coast and we knew this was the place for us. As luck would have it, I came across Dr. Pam Dassenko’s office and found a practice whose philosophies mirrored my own. I am happy to have found a practice in which I can utilize my special training that includes courses in Cosmetic Dentistry, Root Canal Therapy, Gum Disease Therapy and Pediatric Dentistry. David secured a position in Paso Robles as a staff pharmacist. We packed up our home of 10 years and moved to the lovely town of Cayucos.

I enjoy spending my free time with my three children and loving husband exploring our new environment. ;We find the weather here ideal for bike rides along the coast and walks on the beach. A few hobbies I have include cooking and baking, especially inspiring dishes I encounter in restaurants and bakeries, crochet and entry-level knitting. I am fond of dabbling in tactile arts such as ceramics and sculpture. My latest perk of interest sparked from a visit to Harmony. I foresee glass art in my near future...

I am excited to be able to continue to practice dentistry with Dr. Dassenko in an environment where patients come first and quality dentistry is paramount. I am proud to join this practice, and I look forward to meeting you, and helping you on your journey to achieve healthy gums and teeth for life!
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