Dr. Palmer and Dr. Bubala, and our team are thrilled to welcome you to Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates! We are here to provide you and your family with the gentle dental care you need to reach healthy, beautiful smiles. We will make sure that your visit with us is welcoming, comfortable, and relaxed. We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about us and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Durham, North Carolina.

Meet Our Dentists


Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA

Dr. Desiree T. Palmer and her team of professionals are dedicated to maintaining a reputation of excellence in dental care. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field and strives to provide patients with the best dental care available. She graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and received her professional education from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. She holds professional memberships with the National Dental Association, the American Association of Women’s Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, Old North State Dental, and local study clubs.

In her spare time, Dr. Palmer lectures and volunteers with several local organizations in the Durham community. She especially enjoys mentoring young people who plan to enter the dental profession. She belongs to several community service organizations including, Alpha Kappa, Alpha Sorority, and the Links, Inc. Our dentist is active in her church, Holy Cross. Dr. Palmer is married to Michael J. Palmer, and they have three sons: Austen, Brandon, and Colton. Dr. Palmer is now a proud grandmother to Brianna Lillie Palmer.


Pereen M. K. Bubala, DDS

Dr. Pereen Bubala attained her undergraduate degree in biology from The City College of New York and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry. She served as a general practice resident at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers in Brooklyn and Queens, New York.

Dr. Bubala started her career as a dentist in community health, where she developed a passion to bring awareness of the importance of a healthy dentition to one’s entire well-being. She enjoys her work and makes every effort to provide a positive and lasting difference.

When not engrossed in dentistry, Dr. Bubala enjoys spending time with her family, learning about new cultures, and keeping in touch with family and friends all over the globe.



Meet Our Team

Our energetic, friendly dental team is committed to providing you with the best service possible. We strive to make your appointments with our dentists in Durham, North Carolina, as comfortable as possible. We invite you to contact Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates to learn more about our compassionate team and to schedule your next visit with Drs. Palmer and Bubala.



Tonia P. Lewis – Practice Administrator

Tonia has been in the dental field since 1991 and joined our practice in 1997. Tonia takes pride in continuing education in practice management and dental technology to ensure that our practice is exceptional. She works closely with the doctors, staff, and patients to make certain that all systems and business aspects of the practice are functioning proficiently. In her spare time, Tonia enjoys reading, traveling, and sports.





Angela Scott – Patient Care Coordinator

The first smiling face that greets you at our practice is Angie.

Angela joined Dr. Palmer’s team in August 2004, where she schedules all appointments, registers new patients, and can answer any questions you have regarding your appointment. Angela and her husband Shannon are the proud parents of four children, Keyante, Asia, Cydney and Shana. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching girls’ volleyball, as well as being an involved softball and volleyball Mom.




Jamie FitzherbertJamie Fitzherbert – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jamie is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Dental Hygiene. Upon completion of her studies, Jamie joined Dr. Palmer’s dental team in August 2002. A full-time hygienist, Jamie treats new and existing patients, performs prophys, periodontal scaling and root planning, X-rays and sealants. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking and spending time with family and friends.





Sherry Burwell – Insurance Coordinator

Sherry has been in the dental field since 1992 and has worked with Dr. Palmer since 1993. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill for the Dental Assisting Program and now works as a Hygiene Assistant. She is the proud mother of four and grandmother of five. When Sherry is not working, she enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, photography, reading, and cooking. If you come into Dr. Palmer’s office and smell a delicious aroma, that is Sherry preparing lunch in our breakroom.





Marcia Haith – Dental Assistant II

Marcia has been Dr. Palmer’s dental assistant since January 2001 and has been in the dental field since 1995. Marcia is a fun-loving individual who brings lots of laughter to the office and can make anyone smile. Marcia is the mother of two wonderful kids: Jasmin and Jaden.






Liza Parker – Insurance/Financial Coordinator

Liza initially began working in Dr. Palmer’s office in 2000 as a high school student intern. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health education. Liza has been with the practice since 2010. She works with the patients to ensure all financial concerns are addressed. Liza is married to her best friend, Leon. She enjoys volunteering at her local church and spending time with her cat, Moses.




Kelly EdwardsKelly A. Edwards – Registered Dental Hygienist

Kelly is a veteran in the dental field. She graduated from Alamance Community College in 2003 with a diploma in dental assisting and later received her associate degree in 2009. After being employed with our practice for 6 years, Kelly returned to school to pursue a career in dental hygiene. She is a graduate of Wake Technical Community College, where she was the recipient of the Dr. Theodore Brooks, DDS Award and the President’s Volunteer Service award. She is a member of American Dental Hygiene Association.

Kelly, who is a newlywed, states that “she is on a lifetime honeymoon with the man of her dreams, Lance Edwards.” She enjoys cooking and experiencing different cuisines with her son, Kaylin who aspires to be a top Culinary Chef.


Shannon Hock – Dental Assistant II

Shannon initially came to our practice as a college intern. She is a graduate of Miller-Motte College, where she earned a degree in Dental Assisting. Shannon especially enjoys the sense of “family” with our patients and members of our team.

Shannon is married to the “love of her life,” Cory. She enjoys going to the movies and spending time with family and friends.




Rosemary Hunt – Hygiene Assistant

Rosemary is the newest member to our team. She attended NC Dental U for the Dental Assisting Program and now works as a hygiene assistant. She is married to her high school sweetheart, David. She is a proud mother of two children, Justin and Geneva, and loves her doggie, Jingles. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys reading, watching Spanish soaps, and spending time with her family and friends.






Our Mission

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to provide comprehensive dental care, above and beyond expectations, in a warm and caring environment, while bringing our patients to optimal oral health. We are committed to continuing education, state of the art technology, and exceptional service. We strive to serve the greater Durham, North Carolina, community while building long lasting relationships with our patients.

Core Values

As employees of Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates, we commit that our professional conduct will be governed by values. Our daily work efforts will reflect our commitment to these values and we encourage constructive feedback from our patients regarding how well we adhere to our work beliefs.

We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about us and to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Palmer and Bubala.