After a versatile
career in dentistry, Dr. Blume is excited to have her
own practice. Dr. Blume graduated in 1995 with Honors
and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The University
of Texas in Austin. In 1999, she graduated Cum Laude
from our own dental school, The University of Texas
Health Science Center San Antonio.
To begin her career
in general dentistry, Dr. Blume joined the US Navy and
completed a residency known as an Advanced Education in
General Dentistry. She had the privilege of completing
that program in San Diego, CA.
For her first real
duty assignment as a Navy dentist, Dr. Blume moved to
Pensacola, FL, where she met her husband, Don, a Marine
Corps aviator. They got to move together to Kaneohe
Bay, HI, where they were stationed on a Marine Corps
base. Dr. Blume got to be a dentist and play Marine
part-time doing field exercises and things of that
nature. While in Hawaii, Dr. Blume and her husband had
their first child, Clara, who is proud to tell you she
was born in Hawaii!
While Major Blume was
in Afghanistan, Dr. Blume and Clara moved to Corpus
Christi, TX. There, Dr. Blume was promoted to Lieutenant
Commander and Major Blume joined them several months
later. While in Corpus Christi, they welcomed their son,
Briggs, making him the only native Texan in the family!
Dr. Blume resigned from Naval service after 7 years to
make sure she wouldn’t be separated from her children.
One parent deploying was enough for the Blume family!
Dr. Blume entered a private practice in Corpus Christi
in 2006 and stayed for two more years.
In 2008, the Blume
family moved to San Antonio so Dr. Blume could
specialize in pediatric dentistry. In previous
practices, it was noticed that most of the kids were
funneled to Dr. Blume and those were the patients that
were the most special to her. For that reason, Dr. Blume
decided to become an expert in the field through
specialization. She came back to The University of Texas
Health Science Center San Antonio because the program
here is so well respected, and Dr. Blume was the
President-Elect for the Dental School Alumni Association
at the time. During residency, Dr. Blume maintained a
4.0 GPA, served as the Alumni Association President and
emerged as the resident to see babies affected by cleft
lip and palate when the program director was
Dr. Blume has gained
recognition for her passion for babies affected by cleft
lip and palate, which earned her a spot as the pediatric
dentist on the craniofacial anomalies team at Christus
Santa Rosa Hospital. The team is composed of different
types of medical specialists and they meet monthly to
see babies and children affected by head and neck
disabilities or disfigurements. This is a faculty
position for Dr. Blume, and will maintain her
relationship with the University. In July 2011, Dr.
Blume’s research about the treatment of babies affected
with cleft lip and palate was published in the Texas
In June 2011, Dr. Blume was also
voted by her peers as one of the top pediatric dentists
in San Antonio as seen in SA Scene Magazine!