Dr. Karen Kamer
Dr. Kamer started her journey in health care by attending Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she received her BS in Nursing. Dr. Kamer expanded her nursing experiences and encompassed the areas of surgical intensive care, coronary care, surgery and recovery room. She held the position of head recovery room nurse for 5 years. Dr. Kamer returned to graduate studies in 1986 at the University of Louisville, and earned her DMD in 1991. During dental studies, Dr. Kamer was on the Dean's list and conducted student research in the area of digital imaging in endodontics. The University of Louisville was the first dental school in the U.S. to have digital radiographic imagery, the RVG system from France invented by Dr. Francis Mouyen.
Dr. Kamer was accepted into the endodontic program at the prestigious Baltimore College of Dental Surgery/ University of Maryland Dental School, which holds the distinction of being the first dental school in the world. Dr. Kamer graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Maryland, was inducted into the esteemed honor society "Phi Kappa Phi," and received her certificate in endodontics in 1993. Dr. Kamer completed post graduate studies under the direction of Dr. Eric Hovland and Dr. Tom Dumsha, noted for their publication, "Problem Solving in Endodontics" and worldwide lecture on dental traumatology. Dr. Kamer also received a postgraduate research grant from the AAE for her work on storage media for avulsed teeth. Her work was presented at the scientific session of the AAE. She was fortunate to have rotations during her residency at the NIH, CDC, and Bethesda Naval Center. She served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Endodontics from 1993-1994.
Dr. Kamer accepted a full-time endodontic position at the University of Louisville in 1993. She served as the Director of Undergraduate Endodontics while simultaneously maintaining a private endodontic practice. During Dr. Kamer's appointment to the University of Louisville faculty, she received a research grant from the AAE for her work in digital imaging-measurement algorithms accuracy in endodontics. The work was in conjunction with Dr. Allan Farman, Chair of the Maxillofacial Radiology Department.
Dr. Kamer joined Dr. Mellin, a Harvard graduate, as an associate endodontist in Portland, Maine while her husband was completing his residency. Upon the completion of his residency in 1995, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee where Dr. Kamer was in private practice for 12 years. In 2005, they were blessed with twin boys and moved to Indianapolis to be closer to family. Dr. Kamer choose to establish her Indianapolis practice in an area that is conveniently located to downtown, north, south, east and the west side, to make it an trip easy from work or home. Dr. Kamer is AAE Board Eligible, ACLS Certified and a member of the AAE, AAFE, ADA, IDS and the IDDS.
When Dr. Kamer is not caring for her patients she enjoys spending time with her twin boys and attending their many activities. She even manages to find a little time for some of her favorite interests; fitness training, interior design, decorating and gardening.