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After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with honors in 1977, Dr. Bateman graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1981. There, he was an active member of the Dean's Odontological Society and the Baptist Student Union. He has been passionately practicing dentistry in Kingsport for 32 years. Dr. Bateman, the oldest of 3 boys, was born in England to 2 US Air Force officers. He grew up in Lexington, TN, 100 miles from Memphis. Always balancing a job with school, he held a variety of positions: soda jerk on the town square, lifeguard and swim instructor at the city pool, laborer on trash pick-up, a manual laborer in a chain factory, and a busboy in the kitchen for the VA Hospital.


Professional Activities & Honors

Dr. Bateman has been very active in organized dentistry on the local and state level. He is committed to his continuing education and to providing the latest research-based dentistry for his patients. Rick is most proud of becoming a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires 1300 hours of CE in 8 disciplines of dentistry and an 8-hour exam. Currently, 50 of 3500 dentists in Tennessee hold this distinction.


  • American Dental Association- member 32 years, delegate, program chair, East TN VP

  • Fellow in the International College of Dentists

  • Fellow in American College of Dentists

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

  • Dentist of the Year nominee, TN Academy of General Dentistry, 2001 & 2007

  • Fellow & Master in the Academy of General Dentistry

  • Times News Peoples' Choice Dentist of the Year Award, 1997, 1998, 2013

  • Alumni of the LD Pankey Institute

  • Tennessee Dental Association Fellowship Award, 1998

  • Tennessee Dental Association Foreign Service Award, 1994, 2013



Contact info:

1567 N. Eastman Rd, Suite 16,
Kingsport, TN 37664

Phone: (423) 246-9231



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Dr. Rick E. Bateman - America's Top 50 Dentists - Kingsport, TN

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