Rick was born in Santa Barbara, Mexico. He began his career as a dental technician working after school in a lab during high school. He graduated from the Dental Laboratory Program at Durham Technical Community College with an associate’s degree. From there he went on to become a National Board Certified CDT. Rick worked in the Fixed Prosthetic Dept. at UNC Chapel Hill followed by several years as an in-house tech for private dental offices until he eventually opened up his own lab in Raleigh in 1987 and continued business for 28 years. Rick is married to Janis, has two sons, a step son, a step daughter, and three wonderful grandchildren. He loves traveling and spending time outdoors. He frequents the Raleigh greenway whether he is just walking or biking. An interesting fact about Rick is he was an extra in the movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams.