Dr. Thomas feels very privileged to have been able to serve the citizens of the eastern North Carolina region for over 30 years. He has done this not only in treating patients but in civic, education and leadership activities. Understanding community involvement is easy for Dr. Thomas as he was raised in Hubert, NC and graduated from high school in Kinston, NC.
His community involvement involved coaching youth baseball but mostly was focused on soccer. He enjoyed coaching soccer (one season 3 teams at the same time!), refereeing as well as being the president of the New Bern Area Soccer Association for 2 years. Dr. Thomas coached all ages, both local and state travel league teams, plus in years past you could find him in the press box with others as a ‘color’ announcer for some New Bern High School women’s soccer matches! He has been the chairman for soccer tournaments in New Bern in the past and also brought the first ever soccer tournament to New Bern. A soccer field at Creekside Park and lights were additionally fully funded by Dr. Thomas and his family as well as a ‘kick wall’ at the park.
From a leadership and education perspective Dr. Thomas served many years in leadership positions in the Craven-Jones-Pamlico Dental Society and served as president 3 years. In addition, he has presented lectures to that group numerous times. He also is a past president of the North Carolina Society of Periodontists and served as Local Arrangements Chairman for the N.C. Fifth District Dental Society.
Dr. Thomas began his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program at the UNC School of Dentistry. He then practiced dentistry for four years with the U.S. Navy, mostly serving the U.S. Marine Corps in Beaufort, S.C. and obtained the rank of Lt. Commander. After that, he went on to complete post-doctoral specialty studies in periodontology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Dentistry where he was also trained in dental implant placement.
After beginning practice in New Bern, Dr. Thomas quickly focused his practice on implants, esthetic periodontal (gum) plastic surgery, and complex interdisciplinary dentistry (involving specialists and your own dentist). In his career, Dr. Thomas has placed almost 10,000 dental implants! His passion is helping patients who need implants and other complex treatments involving the front teeth. That passion related to the smile led Dr. Thomas to the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry where he lectured and eventually obtained Fellow status. He has also lectured numerous times at the American Academy of Periodontology annual meetings and of which he is an active member. Dr. Thomas is also a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and has lectured for that esteemed organization at their annual meeting. He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and has lectured for that organization as well as having done several ‘hands-on’ training programs for them. He has also presented a full day lecture at the North Carolina Dental Society at their annual meeting in Myrtle Beach and has been an active member in that organization since he began practice.
Dr. Thomas additionally has Fellowship status in the prestigious honor societies of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. He has also presented several programs for the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgery and is a member of that group. He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Dental Anesthesiology, plus has served in the past for almost 25 years on the Sedation and Anesthesia Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners in a volunteer position. And of course, Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Dental Association and is a life member of the Southern Academy of Periodontology.
In his ‘free time’ when not seeing patients, Dr. Thomas continues to lecture selectively and enjoys engaging both large and small groups. He has presented to residents at many universities across the country and in the past has worked with the periodontal residents at the UNC School of Dentistry. When not involved in education, Dr. Thomas loves to spend his time on the water boating or fishing with friends, family and his dog. He has been blessed to have spent almost his entire life in such a great area with the best folks in the world, as well as the most exceptionally committed staff people of which one could ever ask. Eastern North Carolina is, and will be forever, his much cherished home.