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Karen D. Barwick, DDS, PA

My greatest hope for our practice has been realized in the person of Dr. Jim Patel. After several years planning for the continuity of the practice, good fortune led me to Dr. Patel. As the new owner, he brings an abiding care for his patients and exemplary skills as a practitioner. I could not be more overjoyed for you, my patient family, and my team who Dr. Patel has embraced as they have him.

Dr. Karen Barwick

I have been planning this transition over the last several years. Shaken by events beginning in 2016 by a serious automobile accident, the passing of “Mama Doc” and COVID, I realized the challenge of searching for a leader who could continue the kind of practice that my team and I have built over the past 35 years. No one under consideration came near meeting my expectations until Dr. Patel.

Dr. Patel is internationally trained, earning a degree in India and an Advanced Standing dental degree at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2018, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

He was also recognized as the Outstanding Dental Student in Implant Dentistry. He practiced dentistry from June 2018 until October 2021 in Conway, South Carolina. He then relocated to Kinston, North Carolina (yes, my hometown!) with his wife and 3-year-old daughter where he practiced with his brother, Nirjal Patel, DMD. The Patels enjoy traveling and meeting new people, and getting together and spending time with their very extensive families.

So, please join me in congratulating Dr. Patel and welcoming him to OUR FAMILY!

I am not going anywhere for the time being. I am thrilled to work with Dr. Jim through the transition so that I can personally introduce him to all of you.

Dr. Barwick is still working and training new dental assistants. You can find out more about that program at the Dental Assistant Training Center. Dr. Barwick’s contact email is