About Dr. Rick Edwards
Dr. Rick Edwards was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Around his teenage years, he realized he wanted to go into dentistry, inspired both by his mom’s encouragements and his orthodontist neighbor. Originally, Dr. Rick intended to follow in his neighbor’s footsteps and become an orthodontist; however, when he was at dental school, he found he was more interested in the oral surgery clinic and that the oral and maxillofacial specialty aligned better with his goals to help people.
During dental school, Dr. Rick went to Mexico to assist in cleft lip and palate treatment; after being able to truly help change people’s lives, he knew there was nothing else he would rather do for his career. Dr. Rick enjoys working in a group practice with Dr. Carl, who he met and befriended in college, because it provides him with the opportunity to interact with and help several different communities. The ultimate reward for Dr. Rick is seeing patients out in public who remember being treated and thank him for the services he provided. He believes that helping people find solutions to their oral health problems and helping them start better lives is the best life he could imagine for himself.
Dr. Rick attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate career, graduating in 1982 with his Bachelor of Science degree. Following BYU, Dr. Rick continued on to the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1986.
After completing his schooling, Dr. Rick began a General Practice internship in Chicago. He then completed a four-year Oral and Maxillofacial residency at the University of Illinois. While training at his residency, Dr. Rick gained valuable skills for performing a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures. He also gained hands-on experience working alongside surgeons and anesthesiologists in a hospital setting; he has the highest level of training in treating a variety of facial and oral conditions while also safely administering all forms of sedation.
Dr. Rick is a diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, which requires him to complete an extensive exam and assures patients that he has the highest qualification for administering all forms of anesthesia in both a hospital and office setting.
Hobbies & Interests
Dr. Rick has a multitude of hobbies and activities that he enjoys outside of the office. He is an avid sports fan and loves cheering on the Mariners, the Seattle Sounders, and especially the Seahawks. He also loves racecars, and he enjoys both watching races and participating in local club racing. When he has the time, he also likes to go 4-wheeling.
When he’s not cheering on the Seahawks or racing his BMW, Dr. Rick also enjoys spending time with his family at the lake. They love spending time out on the water, whether it’s boating, skiing, or wakeboarding. They love living in the Pacific Northwest, with all the different landscapes and adventures that it has to offer. They are always looking for new ways to take advantage of the area.