About Me

Who is Richard Foster?

Ok, to let you know who you are actually “talking” with, I will bore you with information about myself.

My name is Richard Foster, but I go by Rick.  And of course, I am sure that there are others names that I am called.  One of them always seems to be Greg.  I can’t even tell you how many times someone actually calls me Greg.  I wonder, Do I look like a Greg?

 went to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC a long time ago and earned a BA in Chemistry.  And no, you can’t ask me questions about chemistry- it is way too long ago for me to remember anything about it.  After graduating ECU, I attended the University of Florida for dental school and graduated in 1985 with a DMD degree.  Yes, I know – some of you weren’t even born yet.

After dental school, I could not figure out what i wanted to do, so I worked in a community health center providing dental care to those that could not afford it.  I really enjoyed working in this setting because it allowed me to help those that truly needed it, while also allowing me to see and do things that I will never forget.  Another great thing about working in this position was that it was a salaried position.  I knew exactly how much money I would be getting each month. I had student loans to pay off ($850 each month for 10 years – thank you very much) and I really liked to know how much money I would have left to actually live off of.

I started teaching part-time somewhere in 1988 and went full-time into education in 1991.  I moved to North Carolina in 1994 after accepting a position as the Dental Director at Guilford Technical Community College.  I’m not sure as to what my job really is, but I oversee the running of the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs and provide classroom instruction in Orofacial Anatomy (assisting / hygiene) and Dental Sciences (assisting). As of 2017, I “retired” from teaching General / Oral Pathology to the dental hygiene students.  I also cover hygiene clinics and work with the assisting students during the Spring clinic.

I am always asked about being in education verses a private practice.  For me, education seems to be what I should be doing.  It was a natural progression for me to leave a clinical setting in public health and enter into the educational arena. Gee, I hope I was right.