Dr. Richard Weatherill is a gentle, compassionate dentist who spends time learning about a patient’s life and oral health goals before suggesting treatment. He understands that the best care experience and the best results come from tailored treatment plans that work for each person’s unique situation.
As a dentist, Dr. Weatherill finds great personal and professional fulfillment in helping his patients. Whether he is restoring a patient’s ability to chew comfortably, moving them out of dental pain, or improving their smile, he knows he’s making a positive difference in their life. For Dr. Weatherill, that is what dentistry is all about: improving lives and making people happy.
The greatest part of his profession, for Dr. Weatherill, is the connection he forms with those in his care. He loves the varied background of his patients, and enjoys their conversations. During their visits, he learns about their lives and experiences, and shares some of his own. These exchanges create bonds that go beyond healthcare provider and patient: often a friendship develops.
EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING EDUCATION
- Dual Bachelor of Science degrees in zoology and psychology – University of Calgary, Canada
- Dental degree – University in Sydney, Australia, an internationally recognized program
- Two years of advanced general dentistry training, residencies – University of Texas at Houston and the Northwest Dental Residency in eastern Washington
Dr. Weatherill is committed to constantly expanding his knowledge and improving his skills. He understands that oral healthcare is a field with ongoing changes in treatments, new materials, and emerging technologies. By staying abreast of the changes, he provides his patients with the best care possible.
On June 20th 2015, Dr. Weatherill received a prestigous fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry, in recognition of having completed more than 760 hours of continuing education since he graduated from dental school in 2006. This is an award that fewer than 5% of general dentists ever receive. The current state requirement for dentists is 21 hours a year. In contrast, Dr. Weatherill’s 760 hours breaks down to about 80 hours of courses and training per year, which means you get the best treatment and service that dentistry has to offer.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Washington State Dental Association
- Benton Franklin County Dental Society
- Spear Study Club
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
My wife, Angela, and I have two wonderful daughters, and one cat. When not working, we enjoy going to a beach, park, swimming pool, ice skating, archery and going to the movies. We look forward to meeting you at Family First Dental and in the community!