Carla S. Cole, DMD
I love getting to know my patients and their whole family. As a mom of young children, I know how hard it is to trust the care of your sweet ones to someone else. I gain so much by connecting with the parents and gaining the trust of caring for their dental health and that of their children as well. My hope as I become more established in our practice in this season of my life, is that I can be a positive role model for the children I treat.
There is no greater reward or satisfaction than helping someone be free of pain, gain confidence in how they look, or earn the trust of a child in a somewhat fearful setting.
From a very young age I knew I was interested in medicine. During my four years of undergraduate studies at Mississippi College, I spent hours volunteering and observing in medical settings. It was after a summer at Mission Arlington in Arlington, Texas and year of working with a pediatric dentist in Clinton, MS, that I knew dentistry fit me perfectly. My personality loves variety and problem solving.
I completed by Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and began my journey to dentistry at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. In 2006, I graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and followed it with a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency.
After my year of residency, I was asked to be associate professor at UMC School of Dentistry in the Emergency Dental Clinic and a special needs/high-risk clinic. During that time I worked several days in a private practicing setting as well. It was through these very diverse settings that I grew so much in my knowledge of dentistry. My skills for treating my patients were built out of a sincere desire to make them better. Those first years practicing were life-shaping and career-solidifying.
I moved to Oxford, Mississippi after my husband, Dr. Sam Cole, finished his residency in OBGYN in 2011. While in Oxford, I was in private practice and treated a lot of children. I was trained in CEREC® crowns during those four years and continued to advance my emergency dental skills in underserved areas.
Sam and I moved to Hattiesburg in August of 2015. As hard as it was to leave our patients and friends in Oxford, we were excited to be a bit closer to family as we raise our young children and establish our careers. We have two adorable sons, Mac and Fin.
I take being a mom seriously and count it an honor to raise Mac and Fin. I love traveling with them, taking them to museums, hiking with them, and reading with them. They open my eyes to the world all over again. My other leisure activities include playing tennis, gardening, water coloring, and snow skiing.
I am also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg and hope that opportunities to serve alongside my congregation and community will continue to grow.
- Mississippi Association of Women Dentists
- South Mississippi Dental Society Study Club