Meet Dr. Dorantes
Dr. Carlos Dorantes received his dental degree from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, and practiced in his home-town for three years focusing mainly on children’s dentistry. In 1999 Dr. Dorantes moved to Birmingham and began his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama Dental School (UAB). UAB’s Pediatric Dental Residency is a challenging 3 year dental school and hospital based program; this gave Dr. Dorantes the unique opportunity to practice at the world renowned Children’s Hospital of Alabama. When he was not busy with patients or academic work, Dr. Dorantes worked as a part time medical interpreter at Children’s Hospital, an experience that shaped him for years to come and that strengthened his determination to always work with the undeserved. Doctor Dorantes successfully completed his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in June of 2002, and was invited to stay as a Fellow Faculty member for the Pediatric Dentistry Department at UAB. After completing his Master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Dr. Dorantes moved to Yakima in the summer of 2003 to aid in the development of children’s dental services for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Two years later, in a joint venture with the University of Washington, Dr. Dorantes helped to pioneer one of the first Rural Pediatric Dental Residency training programs in the Nation. Finally, in December of 2008, Summitview Pediatric Dentistry opened its doors after several months of planning by Dr. Dorantes. We are very proud of being the only fully bilingual Pediatric Dental practice in all of central Washington.
Doctor Dorantes lives in Yakima with his wife Mei and their children Benjamin and Camila. He enjoys teaching, hiking and cooking for friends and family. He is also a published author in a peer-reviewed journal and is committed to education, prevention of dental disease and access to care for children. As an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, he also enjoys attending meetings that enhance his training and introduce him to newer techniques.