Meet Dr. Rick Nichols

Pediatric dentistry is the best profession in the world! I have the opportunity to collaborate with parents in the care of their children, and establish a great foundation of good oral health care practices that should mean a positive dental experience for that child for a lifetime! Not too many things are more important in life than a great smile! There is nothing better than teaching a fearful child that dentistry can be fun, and then getting that precious hug and “thank you” from that same child. Our goal is to make a dental visit the highlight of each child’s day!

Excellence in Education

I attended Fresno State University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in biology/zoology. I attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry to obtain my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1993. I was the first resident ever accepted to Loma Linda University’s new Post Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry. After becoming a certified pediatric dental specialist, I opened my practice in Redlands in 1995. 

Education is a continuous process. I am constantly making it a priority to stay informed about all the latest advances in pediatric dentistry. I also teach a number of continued education courses to dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, as well as various parents’ groups with a focus on pediatric patient behavior management, preventive dentistry, oral hygiene instruction, interceptive orthodontics, and pediatric dental trauma.

In the Office

Most of the people on our team are parents themselves, so they can relate to the parents who trust us with the care of their child. This really is a special place for children, and we are devoted to making it the best. We love having fun and include the kids and parents in our playtime!

Family Life

I married my high-school sweetheart, Cheralyn. We have three teenage children: Jordyn, Janelle, and Tyler. They are all amazing kids! We also have two horses, Cole and Carmaq; three dogs, Toby, Axel, and Ava; eight fish; and 40 chickens! In my free time, I enjoy playing golf and cooking awesome meals for friends and family. I participate in Race Across America, a seven-day, 3,000-mile bicycle race from California to Maryland and am a lifelong Angels fan!

Community Involvement

I have been a member of the Ride Yourself Fit and Team Learning for Life bicycling teams. Their purpose is to encourage people to get out and get active as well as raise funds and awareness for educational programs for developmentally challenged children and teens.

My wife and I are active in ministry in our church, teaching couples Bible studies. I have also served as the chairman of the Tri-County Dental Society’s Give Kids a Smile committee, which has provided one million dollars’ worth of free dental care to children in the most needy areas throughout the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

I currently serve on the board of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, whose primary goals include advocating for the access to good-quality dental care for all children in California.

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