Dr. Carol L. Phillips, DDS

Before being educated and trained as a dentist, Dr. Phillips received her BS degree from UCLA School of Public Health in Nutritional Science and spent five years as a dietary consultant. She directly recognizes the value of correct dental function as it pertains to chewing, diet and total health. Dr. Phillips graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1975. She started coming to San Luis Obispo in 1978 pursuing her interest in Arabian horses. She is an avid rider and former breeder. Following graduation, Dr. Phillips continued studying implant dentistry and began placing implants in her own private practice. In 1984 she decided to make San Luis Obispo her home and the Swiss Dental Center was born.

Dr. Phillips believes in Swiss techniques for replacing teeth and developing characteristic smiles. Each patient interacts with us to combine their personal and family characteristics with the sound principles of harmony and ‘golden proportions’ found in nature, mathematics and art.

In 1993, Dr. Phillips was the second woman to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology. ( This board is sponsored by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry ( to certify training, education and testing for Implant Dentists. Dr. Phillips has served as the President of the Western District of the AAID and is an Honored Fellow. Also, she was the first woman to be elected as a Trustee for the American Academy. She has just completed two terms as an examiner for the Admissions and Credentials Board of AAID.

Dr. Phillips has designed and manufactured a complete Rootform® Implant system which is FDA approved and also designs and places custom implants for patients with special needs.

She and Les, her husband of forty-eight years, have two grown sons, a commercial pilot and a film editor. She and Les share a love of motor sports, cycling, Arabian Horses and their two grandsons – Corbin and Alden. As avid cyclists, they attend the Amgen Tour every year. 

She enjoys many creative outlets – drawing, photography, cooking, playing the piano and continuing to grow in her knowledge and application of the latest innovations in implant dentistry. She is a passionate student and instructor – after 30 plus years of dentistry she continues to commit a large portion of her time to the latest research and development in her field.

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