Meet the Doctors in San Luis Obispo

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Dr. Carrie Ramirez

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 postgraduate 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, so 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. David secured a position in Paso Robles as a pharmacist. We packed up our home of 10 years and moved to the lovely town of Cayucos.

In 2015 Pam decided to turn the management of the business over to me. With my previous ownership experience, I felt confident that I would be able to keep this office thriving into the next generation. In addition, Pam and I shared the same philosophy of dental excellence and collaborative relationships with our patients, so it has been a seamless transition.

As our children grew and became more involved in activities in SLO we realized that the commute from Cayucos to SLO can be quite draining with business responsibilities and all of the after school activities. In 2017 we were finally able to purchase a home in SLO and are loving it! We have replaced our ocean view with views of the hills and two hours less driving each weekday ( a fair trade, in my opinion! ).

I have a great thirst for knowledge and professional improvement. My personal commitment to excellence compels me to spend countless hours reading journals, going to continuing education courses, and continually updating my bag of dental tricks. Over the last few years I have focused on full mouth rehabilitation, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. My in depth training has come from Spear Education, Kois Institute, and the Misch Implant Institute. I am a diplomate and fellow with the International College of Oral Implantologists. In addition, I have recently completed training for gum grafting, an important need for individuals whose gums have receded for one reason or another.

I enjoy spending my free time with my three children and loving husband exploring our environment. We find the weather here ideal for hikes in the surrounding hills 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.

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

Dr. Ji Lim

Dr. Ji Lim is originally from a small, rural town in South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, SC where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She later moved to Philadelphia where she earned her dental medicine degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. While there, she received honors and recognition for her involvement with community health dentistry.

Dr. Lim also pursued an additional year of advanced training in comprehensive full-mouth treatment planning, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. After her training, Dr. Lim was recruited by the National Health Service Corp to serve in a community health center in Eastern North Carolina where she stayed for 5 years. These formative years helped to shape her dental philosophy which is focused on disease prevention and patient education.

Dr. Lim desires to improve the oral health of her patients through building long lasting relationships with them and by seeking continuing education to offer the latest advancements in dentistry. She is a believer that a smile can truly change a person’s life! To share her passion, she has also mentored and taught dental students from the University of North Carolina and East Carolina University and has served as a faculty member for the NYU Langone Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Lim loves to cook and experiment with new recipes, make sweet treats, and of course, try new restaurants!! She finds balance by staying active and being outdoors. Being a newcomer to the west coast, Dr. Lim is excited to fulfill her California dream of learning how to surf at Pismo Beach, hiking around the trails of the central coast, and exploring the countless wineries in Paso Robles.

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