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Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates 

Durham, NC



Tell us a little about yourself and your practice:

Dr. Palmer is a practicing dentist and the owner of Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates since 1985. In August of 2015, she opened a second practice, Bull City Dental, on Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham. A Washington, DC native, she graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and received her professional education from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. After graduating, she practiced for four years in Boston, Massachusetts as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service Corp.

Dr. Palmer, and her all-female team of 18 professionals, strive to provide their patients with state of the art dental care and exceptional service. As a team, they are committed to community service and have done projects such as: back to school back pack/supplies drive, coats/scarves and hats for kids, adopted families for Christmas and volunteered at both Urban Ministries and the Baptist Men’s Dental Bus.


Why did you decide to go into dentistry: 

I chose dentistry to be able to use my scientific and creative skills to promote and deliver high quality oral health. My dental practice has enabled me through the many relationships I have developed with my patients to further my love and commitment to the Durham community.


What are you doing to improve oral healthcare in your community:

Dr. Palmer serves on the boards of the Community Health Coalition, Local Start Dental, and the Durham County Library Foundation. She holds professional memberships with the American Association of Women Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the National Dental Association, and the Spear Education Study Club. In her spare time, Dr. Palmer lectures on dental health and especially enjoys mentoring young women who plan to enter the dental profession.