#RUASDA Spotlight: James Richey

James Richey  Roseman '20

James Richey
Roseman '20

Hometown: Porterville, CA

What made you decide you wanted to be a dentist? I grew up in my fathers general dental practice. Because of where we live he does a little bit of everything procedurally. My first association with the practice was pure boredom. Over time I came to love working there as I got more involved in the various procedures. One day specifically set my mind on becoming a dentist. A patient came into the office in severe pain and she had not been able to sleep in 48 hours. She was almost 2 hours early for her appointment, but my father took a break from what he was doing and numbed her slightly to help alleviate the pain temporarily. About 5-10 minutes later I found her fast asleep in the waiting room. I really want to help those who cannot help themselves and dentistry was my way of accomplishing that goal. The example of my father has been a huge influence in my life.

Hobbies: Ballroom Dancing, Archery, Reading, Building Metal Models, Cooking

What is our favorite ASDA event? Porcelain Ball. I love to dance a whole lot. I wish there were more opportunities to do so.

Where can you find me outside of school? Most likely at home playing with my mini Aussie puppy and new baby boy.

Interesting fact about me: I taught ballroom dance and archery classes for several semesters during my undergrad. I loved every minute of it.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? If all goes according to plan I will probably still be in school doing an oral surgery residency.

Favorite dental procedure: As an assistant my favorite procedure growing up was endo. Here at school I love anything and everything oral surgery.

Interesting fact about me: I took a basic EMT course my last semester of undergrad and was able to work on shift in the local hospital. I saw some crazy cases and have cleaned out some bloody wounds (mostly varying degrees of road rash).

Why did I come to Roseman? Roseman was the best fit with my style of learning. Every dental school can put out great dentists, but I felt that by being here I would be the best dentist I could be and reach my goals of serving those around me. The Roseman model does its best to bring out the best of us. It has its flaws and drawbacks, but if you respect what is trying to be accomplished there is no limit to the level of mastery I can accomplish.