Dr. Carlen Palmer Blume graduated in 1995 with Honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The University of Texas in Austin. In 1999, she graduated Cum Laude from our own dental school, The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She has completed two residencies, the first with the US Navy, an Advanced Education in General Dentistry in San Diego, CA. Afterward, she served in the US Navy until 2006. In 2008, Dr. Blume, her husband, and two children moved to San Antonio after it was noticed that Dr. Blume had a special relationship with her pediatric patients in private practice. The reputation of UTHSCSA led her back to complete a residency in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Blume feels strongly that it is vital to be a specialist in the field to be prepared for the complex situations that arise with treating children. They aren’t just small teeth on small people and it does require special training, patience and experience to provide the most ethical treatment of children. Dr. Blume completed her board certification on her first attempt in 2011 and maintains her status as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
Currently, Dr. Blume serves as the District V Director for the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Our purpose is to provide high quality continuing education to pediatric dentists that are board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and wish to maintain that status. District V includes Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mexico. Dr. Blume has served as the President of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry where she worked as an advocate for the children of Texas and Texas dentists as advisor to our policy makers in Austin and insurance companies. The Board works to maintain a relationship between pediatric dentists, our state policy-makers, and other dental specialties sharing information to guide rules and regulations, laws, and Medicaid policy. The Board also provides continuing education opportunities for both pediatric dentists and general dentists to ensure better treatment for the children of Texas. Dr. Blume has also served as the chair and co-chair of the continuing education committee as well as the chair and committee member of the legislative committee, which she currently serves. Dr. Blume is passionate about education and completes more than the required hours annually. Dr. Blume was also nominated, and accepted a position on the Membership Council for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry where she served from 2013 to 2019. Her efforts have been recognized in SA Scene Magazine and Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Dentist. NSIDE Magazine has also recognized her with an Inspiration award.
Dr. Blume spent 5 years on the Craniofacial Anomalies Team at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where she specialized in the pre-surgical treatment of babies affected by cleft lip and palate. She has stepped away from her duties on the team due to scheduling difficulties, but remains one of the few dentists in San Antonio to provide an appliance known as the Pre-surgical Naso-Alveolar Molding. Dr. Blume remains adjunct faculty with UTHSCSA as well.
Dr. Blume loves to spend time with her family. She and her husband have 2 children, Clara and Briggs. They are both very active in sports and the performing arts, and Dr. Blume most enjoys going to their events. In whatever time is left over, Dr. Blume tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and enjoys their 4 dogs, one of which is being trained to work in the office in early 2020!