Who We Are

Desiree T. Palmer, D.M.D.

Dr. Desiree T. Palmer is the owner of Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associates and Bull City Dental that opened on historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham, in August of 2015. 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 also holds professional memberships with the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, the American Association of Women’s Dentists, the Spear Education Study Club, 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. and 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 the proud grandmother of Brianna Lillie Palmer.


Email: dpalmer@anewreasontosmile.com

Audrey Kemp, DDS, MPH

Dr. Audrey Kemp is a native of Florida. She received her undergraduate education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. While in college, Dr. Kemp uncovered her desire to be a dentist and her academic career led her to Meharry Medical College where she received a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. One of her most memorable experiences while in dental school was a mission trip to Haiti. Dr. Kemp was overwhelmed by the extraordinary appreciation of the citizens of Haiti for her and her talents. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Kemp moved to Colorado to provide dental care on the Navajo Indian Reservation. She enjoyed the humbling work and cultural experience and found it to be a rewarding experience. Dr. Kemp relocated to North Carolina to further her education. She received a Master’s degree in Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has called the Triangle area home for more than 8 years, working in private practice and community health throughout.


She loves the dental profession, the challenges it presents, and the ability to provide a positive dental experience for each person. Dr. Kemp values the opportunity to be a part of the lives of her patients and their families. She is a member of the American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Society. Dr. Kemp enjoys giving back to the community and does on a regular basis as a member of The Links, Inc. She enjoys music of all genres and tries to go to concerts often. When Dr. Kemp and her husband, Marcus, are not cheering for the Tar Heels, they are traveling and spending time with friends and family. They live in Durham with their children, Carrington and Christopher, and their dog, Bentley.


Email: drkemp@bullcitydentaldowntown.com

Tonia Lewis Bennett – 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. Tonia in her spare time, enjoys reading, traveling and sports.

Jamie 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. She works at both the North Durham office and the Downtown office. 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 spending time with her two sons and husband, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Bianca Morris-Registered Dental Hygienist

Bianca grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and currently resides in Durham. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree and a minor in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2014. Later, she moved to North Carolina where she attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2016. While attending UNC-Chapel Hill, Bianca served as the dental hygiene representative for the Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health, and received the UNC Dental Ecology Community Service Achievement Award. Her heart for helping educate the community translates to her passion, as a dental hygienist, to educate patients on maintaining their oral health once in her chair.


Bianca believes that her move to North Carolina was one of her best decisions. During her spare time, she enjoys the exploration of her new
home. Trying new restaurants, places, and activities in the Bull City. She also enjoys drawing, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family.

Yanira Guevara – Dental Assistant

Yanira is a Dental Assistant at Bull City Dental. She is a graduate from UNC Dental Assisting Program and has been working as a Dental Assistant since 2003. Yanira and her husband have three wonderful children. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys being a soccer mom, taking beach trips and spending time with her family and friends.

Tameka Ward – Office Manager

Tameka grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives in Durham. She has twelve years of Dental Administrative and Management experience and twenty years of customer service experience. Tameka is very active in her congregation and enjoys helping those in need. In her down time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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 community while building long lasting relationships with our patients.


Core Values

As employees of the Practice, 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 believe that dentistry is a noble profession. It provides each of us with a daily, unique opportunity to improve the lives of our patients. Our commitment to this purpose and duty is essential to our success. Individually and collectively, we will demonstrate good stewardship of all the resources entrusted to us, take responsibility for our actions, and continuously pledge to meet the performance expectations we have for each other and for our patients. We believe it is important to be loyal, reliable, responsive, and supportive.



We believe that our patients deserve superior yet cost effective products and services.We believe that each of us is personally accountable for meeting agreed on work requirements and performing our jobs well, and we take responsibility for our actions and our work.



We believe Teamwork is integral to our success, working towards one goal and contributing where needed. We each have our own talents and abilities which together allow for us to provide excellent service to our patients. We are committed to embracing our diversity, being open to new ideas, and showing understanding, mutual respect and trust with each other and the patients we serve.



We show by our actions the high regard we have for self and for others. We maintain self-control and treat people the way we want to be treated. We strive to show consideration and appreciation for our patients and each other and use polite expressions when responding to concerns or differences.



We adhere to the highest standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to making continuous improvements to our processes and services while fostering a working environment that supports team members’ efforts to respond to patient’s needs using their creativity and best problem-solving skills.We adhere to our values and believe in honoring our commitments. We act honestly and ethically and we treat everyone with dignity, tolerance, and understanding.

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