Meet Dr. Carter
Portia Ellis Carter, DDS, MS
As an orthodontist, I create beautiful, healthy smiles that my patients love to show off. Sharing smiles means sharing joy and I am grateful to have the ability to bring happiness into our community! I know that my patients put great trust in me by coming to see me. I strive for perfection in every orthodontic treatment I provide. I want all our patients and families to feel completely at home here. My staff and I go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and appreciated.
In order to become an orthodontist, I attained the following credentials:
- Bachelor Degree, Xavier University of New Orleans, 1988
- DDS, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, NYC, 1992
- General Practice Residency, VAMC NJ, 1994
- Master of Science, Medical College of Georgia of Augusta for Orthodontics, 1996
Since starting my practice, I have continued my orthodontic and dental education in order to ensure that my patients always receive the highest quality and most comfortable treatments. I have taken courses through the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Align Technologies, Opal Orthodontics, and the Invisalign Summit. My continuing education helps me utilize updated clinical procedures and also manage our practice so we can provide a truly relaxing and wonderful experience for our patients. I am a member of the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
In the Practice
I became a dentist is 1992, and soon decided that I wanted to specialize in orthodontics. I finished my orthodontic residency in 1996 and have been serving our community since then. I truly love what I do, because we don't just create great smiles, we share them every day at every appointment! We want our patients to have a positive and rewarding experience here; a place where the whole family looks forward to orthodontic visits.
At the end of treatment, my goal is to exceed the expectations of our patients or parents. Whether that means a beautiful smile, faster treatment, a comfortable experience or a personal connection, we want to know our patients well enough to give them exactly what they want and more!
Family and Community
I grew up in Fort Valley, GA and now reside in Mableton. My husband, Wayne, and I have three sons named Aaron, Devon and Maddox, and one daughter named Marlee. When I am not in the office, I enjoy tennis, reading, board games, shopping, and of course playing with my kids!
As an active member of our community, I am an active member of Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church and I have been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for over 28 years. I also participated in the Rally for a Cure Committee and I have been on the Springtime in the City committee at Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool for the last 3 years. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Adaptive Learning Center which is an organization that provides assistance to kids with a variety of learning differences. I am an active member of the Nickajack Elementary School. I was awarded the Max Bacon's City of Smyrna 2014 Mayor's Award of Education in the volunteer category. I also joined a notable organization called Special Pops Tennis which is an organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. I have most recently added Assistant soccer coach to my resume (which I know nothing about) by helping out with the kids' i9 Sports soccer team.