Meet Dr. Carmen Garcia
Dr. Carmen Garcia-Paul was born and raised in Miami and—despite leaving the area for graduate studies—has always considered the area her home. As a child, she attended the St. Thomas the Apostle School (a school where her mother has taught for over two decades). She later went on to attend Our Lady of Lourdes Academy where she graduated as both a scholar-athlete and valedictorian of her class. After Lourdes, Dr. Garcia was accepted into the honors program at the University of Miami School of Business. While an undergraduate, Dr. Garcia began working for several local dentists and dental specialists in Miami. It was during this time she first became interested in the specialty of orthodontics. After seeing the positive effect that orthodontics could have on a person’s self-esteem, personality, and confidence, she decided to dedicate her life to helping others by perfecting their smiles.
After graduating from UM with honors and a bachelors degree in business administration, Dr. Garcia left her Miami home. Her graduate training first brought her to Philadelphia where she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and earned her doctorate in dental medicine.
Following her graduation from Penn, Dr. Garcia was accepted into the competitive orthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan. During her three years of specialty training, she won several scholarships and academic awards, including the Rackham School of Graduate Studies Award, the Colgate Palmolive/ Hispanic Dental Association Scholarship and an award from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Throughout her educational journey, Dr. Garcia always found time to give back to the community. She has volunteered with programs that offer free oral health screenings and dental services to children in need. In residency, she focused her master’s thesis on analyzing barriers of orthodontic treatment encountered by families of children with craniofacial anomalies. Most recently, she has become a volunteer on staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to help children with special needs.
After graduating from her orthodontics residency, Dr. Garcia moved to Rhode Island with her husband, Alex, who was then serving in the United States Navy. While he completed his tour of duty, she worked in New England as an orthodontist. After nine years away, she is excited to finally return to her Miami home. She looks forward to using her expertise in orthodontics to help you and your family perfect your smiles.
In addition to her passion for creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Garcia also enjoys going to the beach, salsa dancing, watching super hero movies, and exploring new places with her husband, Alex.
American Association of Orthodontists
American Board of Orthodontics
American Dental Association
Florida Dental Association