Dr. Dakota Carter was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle on a small ranch north of Shamrock, Texas. With much support from his family, personal drive and a work ethic he learned from his parents, Dr. Carter graduated Valedictorian from Shamrock ISD and was able to become the first person in his family to attend college.
Dr. Carter graduated from the University of North Texas as an Honors' Scholar and summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science with minors in biology, chemistry, and Spanish. During his college years, Dr. Carter became active in student government eventually becoming student body president. He represented the 36,100 students at UNT, oversaw a $13 million budget, a staff of 7, and served as the chief liaison between the student body and the UNT faculty, staff, administration and Board of Regents. Dr. Carter has also served as a tutor, substitute teacher, and mentor for high school and college students.
After college, Dr. Carter was accepted to medical school at UTHealth, in Houston. He realized his passion for psychiatry and treating children and adolescents and earned his medical degree with the goal to serve this vulnerable population. Dr. Carter specializes in both adult and child/adolescent mental health, with an emphasis in learning disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, and intellectual/pervasive developmental disorders. Dr. Carter has written curriculum for both UTHealth and Baylor College of Medicine specifically related to LGBTQ mental health and diversity in medical education. Dr. Carter is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from the University of Houston College of Education, focused in curriculum development and leadership.