Dr. Carole Pratt practiced general dentistry in rural Pulaski County Virginia for thirty-two years prior to retiring and giving her leadership and expertise to a myriad of organizations and groups dedicated to the underserved.
Throughout her years of practice and into her retirement she has been active in leadership positions with local, state and national dental organizations. Among some of her leadership positions, Carole served as president of the American Association of Women Dentists, was chair of Virginia's Board of Health for four terms and served as vice-chair of the Department of Medical Assistance Services Board.
In 2009, Carole’s strong commitment to improving the health of rural Americans was recognized when she was named as one of only eleven National Rural Health Association Fellows. Her current appointment to the Commonwealth’s Economic Development Partnership Board combines her interest in job creation initiatives and health care concerns across Virginia. Additionally she is a longtime volunteer with the Virginia Dental Association's Mission of Mercy (MOM) Projects and is on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations.
Recently, Carole was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as a Special Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health. In addition, she is a member of the Virginia Tech Biology Department Alumni Advisory Board.
She received her dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. In her spare time, Carole enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and knitting.