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Dr. Gary B. Carr

About Dr. Carr

Dr. Carr holds a special, unique place in the history of endodontics. Trained in the Classics at Cornell, he came to dentistry and endodontics later in life. 

He served both as an electronics technician in the Navy (as an enlisted man) and then was picked up for OCS officer training and served as a line officer aboard the USS Coral Sea in Vietnam. 

After his service, he attended dental school at SUNYAB (Buffalo) graduating in 1976 and practiced general dentistry in the Navy for 2 years (aboard the USS Holland)  and then for 2 years as a private practitioner  in San Diego, before attending University of Illinois for his endodontic specialty training, graduating magna cum laude in 1982.

Practicing endodontics in Chula Vista Ca, he was befriended and mentored by Terry Tanaka, one of the finest restorative dentists in the world. Puzzled by the lack of healing in endodontic surgical procedures, he undertook human cadaver research at Terry's Clinical Research Foundation to try to uncover the reasons for such poor healing. Discovering that traditional endodontic surgical technique was beset by a multitude of procedural errors and cognitive misconceptions, he introduced the operating microscope into endodontics as well as ultrasonic root-end preparation techniques as well as over 30 new surgical instruments.  A complete history of these developments is given on the PERF web site

Over the next 15 years, Dr Carr and his assistant Joy Haskins, have trained over 1000 clinicians at his charitable, non-profit research foundation, PERF. Both with course work, and lecturing internationally over that time frame, the operating microscope as well as his surgical and non-surgical retreatment advances have become the standard in endodontics today. The entire specialty of endodontics was changed by these developments. A full CV, outlining these advances, lectures and writings is at perfendo.org

Starting in 1998 with his office manager Amy Taylor,  Dr. Carr set out to revolutionize endodontic record keeping with the introduction of TDO: The Digital Office, a paperless administrative and clinical digital record in the hope of standardizing endodontic record keeping and allowing fact-based and evidence based outcomes research in endodontics. Today, TDO is the most widely used endodontic record keeping software in the world. It has attracted the top endodontic clinicians from over 30 countries and his clinical chat forums, tied to the software, allow truly unique collaborative communication between top clinicians on a daily basis. Over 1000 clinicians worldwide exchange views on over 20 cases per day on TDO-Clinical ---raising the standard of case for countless patients and their doctors. Therefore, mentoring is a foundational principle in Dr. Carr's life and in his software enterprise. 

In 2012, Dr. Carr formed the IAE, the International Academy of Endodontics. Disappointed with the dominance of commercial interests in our specialty organization (AAE), he formed the IAE to provide commercial-free continuing education for endodontists. Today, the IAE provides the best CE for serious endodontists anywhere in the world. 

Dr. Carr's consuming passion is clinical excellence, always striving for constant improvement, and mentoring others along the same path. Believing that clinical excellence, research, and giving back to one's specialty are the 3 most important things in a having a complete career, Dr. Carr tries to live up to those goals every day. 

Always at his side and the joy of his life, is his wife of 32 years, Jan. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. 


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Linda Matthews

Office Manager
Linda has worked as front office manager for Dr. Carr’s dental practice for over 10 years. In addition, she coordinates specialized events and meetings for TDO and PERF and assists Donnie Carr with sales for EIE-2. Linda was born in Alpena, Michigan and moved with her family to Phoenix, Arizona during her teenage years. After high school she earned her dental license from the Arizona Dental College in 1972 and subsequently began her dental assistants career in general dentistry while raising a family. Continuing to work as a dental assistant in Flagstaff, Arizona, she attended Northern Arizona University where she became certified as an EMT and worked with the Flagstaff Medical Center. Her dental hygienist studies, also at NAU, were interrupted in 1985 when she relocated to North County San Diego where she assisted in pediatric dentistry and soon after changed her career path to endodontics. Linda has been involved in the dental field for more than 35 years and was among an early group of assistants to utilize Dr. Carr’s procedures, dental tools and the first releases of TDO software in addition to being a member of a TDO beta-testing team. She feels both honored and privileged to have been associated with TDO and many other of Dr. Carr’s endeavors throughout the past several decades. In her personal life, Linda enjoys photography and has earned several awards pursuing this passion. She combines her photography with travel, skiing and hiking all of which she shares with her husband, Greg, and their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She sees family and photography as great sources of joy and motivation in future retirement years.
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Joy Haskins

Joy Haskins has worked as the dental assistant for Dr. Gary B. Carr for more than 31 years. She has helped develop and led training for over 900 endodontists and their assistants using the latest microscopic assisting techniques at the Pacific Endodontic Research Foundation (PERF) in San Diego, California. Many of the techniques were developed by Joy. She is often recognized as one of the finest endodontic assistants in the world. Joy helps in all aspects of Dr. Carr’s private practice, as well as with Excellence In Endodontics, which is a leading source for innovative and state-of-the-art products and services for dentists and endodontists the world over. Joy helped design and fabricate many of those state-of-the-art instruments. She earned her BA as an administrative assistant from Columban College in the Republic of the Philippines. Dr. Gary Carr Joy for her expertise on the use of microscopes in modern endodontics for authoring the chapter Operatory Design and Ergonomics for Microscopic Endodontics. She lives in Chula Vista, California with her husband, a retired Navy veteran, and their two children. Her daughter Amber is in the Doctor of Medical Dentistry Program at Roseman University Medical College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her son, Brad, is a graduate of San Diego State University and now works as a coach for Feaster Elementary School in Chula Vista, California. In her spare time, Joy is very active in a local bowling league.