Meet Dr. Richard Bates

I am most passionate about helping my patients get the smile they deserve. It is so exciting to have a patient leave the office beaming from ear to ear with a new smile. Every day is different and brings a new challenge.

One has to be artistic and creative, and this is what I love about dentistry. I have been practicing for 33 years and working with my patients has been so rewarding. I have provided treatment for several generations of families, and their trust in my staff and me is very fulfilling.

Most of my team has been with me for most of my career, and they are a very special group of people. They are caring and compassionate and work very hard to make our patients feel comfortable. All of us think of our patients as family, and I think you can see that when you come to our office. We love to have fun and everyone may hear laughter in our office throughout the day.

Education and Continuing Education

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Virginia Military Institute. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I served part time with the U.S. Army Reserve. I attended The Ohio State University for dental school, and upon graduation, moved to Colonial Heights, where I purchased a dental practice.

I continue to attend many continuing education courses for implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea, because dentistry is changing rapidly and I want to provide for my patients the very best possible care. I participate in a monthly study club with other general dentists and specialists, during which we share ideas and discuss pertinent topics to dentistry. My patients deserve the very best treatment I can provide and these courses enable me to perform it.

Professional Affiliations

I am a member in the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, I have gained knowledge about many facets of general dentistry. I was honored to be inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy as well as the International College of Dentists for my achievements in dentistry.

Family and Community

I grew up in Harrison, Ohio, which is near Cincinnati. My father was a veterinarian and I think he first got me interested in healthcare. I live in Chester with my wife Sue. Sue is a registered nurse by profession, but now works as a PALS tutor at Harrowgate Elementary School.

I have two sons, Will and Jack. Will atttended the University of Virginia where he played soccer. Later he played professionally for the MLS team, the Seattle Sounders. Currently, he has a full-time position with the Richmond Strikers soccer club. My other son Jack went to Virginia Commonwealth University and played soccer for their team. He works for the United Network for Organ Sharing. Both sons reside in Richmond.

When I am not working, I can be found outdoors. I love to play golf, fish (both saltwater and freshwater), and bike on the Capital Trail. I am passionate about youth sports, and have coached soccer and basketball teams through the years.

I am on the board of directors for the Chester YMCA and my office is involved with the Give Kids a Smile and Donated Dental Programs of the American Dental Association. These programs enable my office to provide free dental care to underprivileged patients. I like to talk to the various elementary schools about children’s dental health. I have the privilege of being an adjunct professor for the VCU School of Dentistry where I volunteer at the Lucy Corr Dental Clinic with senior dental students to provide dental treatment for the residents there.

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