Meet Dr. Karen Pettit


Dr. Karen Pettit

Pettit, DMD

Dr. Karen Pettit was born and raised in Peru. She completed her dental training at Inca Garcilaso University in 2006 and worked for four years until she moved to the US. In 2016, she decided to return to school and enrolled in the international dental program at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Doctorate Dental Surgery degree. To further her education, she completed a General Practice Residency at Carillion Hospital in Roanoke Virginia. She worked for one year as a General Dentist at a Community Health Center in Lakeland Florida. In 2020 she joined Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and completed her residency as Pediatric Dentist in 2022.

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Dr. Pettit believes that persistence and faith are the two core values that helped in achieving her professional goals.

She and her husband Tim, who is an ARMY veteran, have been married for more than 11 years. Together they have a 7-year-old daughter named April, and a pet toy poodle named Violet. Dr. Pettit and her family live in the Tampa area and enjoy spending time at the beach. She also loves travel and winter vacations where she can ski with her family.