Dr. Wilson’s interests and expertise in dentistry center on patient education, oral surgery, and restoring dental function for the long-term. She is a master at rebuilding patient self-confidence by replenishing their smile and improving their oral health.
Dr. Wilson pursued her doctorate at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she graduated with honors in 2006 and received awards for outstanding achievement in prosthodontics and oral radiology.
Since graduation, Dr. Wilson has remained active in the College of Dentistry, serving as a PRN of prosthodontics and an associate member of the Admissions Committee. She’s also completed Phase I of Dental Boot Camp & SWAT training in order to better communicate with her patients, as well as IV sedation certification through DOCS, advanced bone grafting-techniques, and dental implant placement training through the Little Implant Company. She has been a member of Spear Education and the Spear Study Club since 2015 and is ACLS certified.
Dr. Wilson’s Role at DOCS Education
Dr. Wilson is a partner at Dental Wellness of Lexington, where she is instrumental in the success of DOCS Education’s IV sedation dentistry program. She finds, prescreens and oversees patients and the care provided by course attendees during their clinical sessions.
Dr. Wilson instructs the following courses
- Oral Sedation Dentistry Team Training
- Nitrous Oxide: Tips & Myths
- Demystifying Sedation Record Keeping
Getting to know Dr. Wilson
Dr. Wilson was raised on a farm in a small town in the northern part of Kentucky. As a child, she was relentlessly teased because of her “buck teeth”; to make matters worse, her parents allowed her unfettered access to soda and candy, which led to the need for several extensive dental procedures. Thankfully, she was able to visit the same family dentist for many years, a man who consistently showed an interest in her as a person and a good student; he even encouraged her to become a dentist from the time she was 10 years old, and all the way up to her college years!
Meanwhile, Carol’s self-confidence grew as her teeth were gradually corrected, and she even enjoyed guessing what type of wire would be used next at each orthodontic appointment. These experiences fostered a lifelong passion for the oral healthcare field and the desire to make other patients as happy as her dentist had made her, through dentistry.
Dr. Wilson and her husband, Nathan, have two daughters, Abigail and Ansley. Outside of oral healthcare, one of Carol’s biggest passions is training for marathons and half marathons. She enjoys participating in numerous forms of exercise, from running with friends to attending spin classes to weightlifting. Other interests include crafting, baking, and watching her daughters participate in sporting events, such as archery, academic team meets, golf, and basketball!
What do you find most satisfying about teaching?
What I find most satisfying about teaching is being able to share skills that not only benefit the patient but also help propel a dentist's practice into the next level of success.
Which do you consider your top three accomplishments in your career so far?
My greatest accomplishment in my career has been having the privilege of joining the esteemed teaching faculty of DOCS Education. If I were to have to come up with another accomplishment, it would be versatility. Throughout my career, I have worked in several clinic settings from corporate, to fast-paced insurance/Medicaid driven practices, to cosmetic practices, school programs, and now a comprehensive and esthetic practice built for the fearful patient. I have seen the "dental world" so to speak, through many different lenses, I have many tools in my toolbelt, and I can relate to dentists from every type of dental practice.
What do you think others see as your contribution to the field?
I hope I am building a legacy of being a relatable instructor who wants to see other dentists succeed by providing the best care possible to their patients.
What are some causes you care about? How have you been able to use your skills to support them?
How have you been able to use your skills to support them? As a mother of two daughters, the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking and child exploitation has been a cause near to my heart. The church I attend works with an organization that rescues women and teens from trafficking situations. Many times, the women are in a federal protection program when they are moved to our town. These women have been abused, fed drugs, have a fear of men, and need dental treatment. I work with the church to provide free dental care for the women. It is a blessing to be able to use my skills to provide a safe environment and restore smiles for these women.
Who was the biggest influence in your career?
The reason I am a dentist is because of my childhood dentist Dr. Parks. I had many restorative procedures completed as a child, but he always made it easy to go to the dentist, or maybe it was the magic red drink he gave me! He was a pillar in our community, a very intelligent man who volunteered as much as he worked. Today, I am so very blessed to be able to work alongside Dr. Anthony Feck, another intelligent man who gives more of his time to help other dentists be successful than there are hours in the day. I have a great deal to live up to!
What is the best advice you would give to your younger self?
There is a song that states, "Dear Younger Me...", so I would have to say: Dear Younger Me, life will not follow your 5 years, 10 years, or even 20-year plan down to the detail that you have written out. There will be curveballs, fastballs, and even foul balls, but each one is a learning opportunity. Regroup, redirect, learn from your mistakes, and put the successes in your memory bank. Each "bump" in the road builds character, turning you into a better version of yourself, and just may lead to a better plan than the one you thought you had.