Meet the Doctors in San Luis Obispo

A San Luis Obispo Dental Office with a passion to not only restore health and function for our patients’ mouths, but to restore aesthetics. Visit us today!

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 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, 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 staff 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 feel confident that I will be able to keep this office thriving into the next generation. In addition, Pam and I share the same philosophy of dental excellence and collaborative relationships with our patients, so it has been a seamless transition.

Now that our kids are middle school to high school aged, we had come to realize 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! ).

Like Pam, I have a great thirst for knowledge and professional improvement. I 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 the near future I will be improving my skills in oral surgery as well as orthodontics.

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 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. Clayton Johnson

Dr. Clayton Johnson is a California native from San Diego. Prior to dentistry, he attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Religious Studies, Sociology, and Dental Science. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. Dr. Johnson believes in a comprehensive approach to dentistry, in which communication, discussion, and education are the most important factors in creating a custom treatment plan that fits each individual’s needs. When not in the dental office Dr. Johnson enjoys surfing, hiking, and gardening.

Dr. Dassenko

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.

Doctor Dassenko is not currently taking any new patients.

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