Dr. Rick Troutman has proudly served families and individuals from Hickory and the Unifour area since 1989. He enjoys the opportunity his work provides to make a positive impact on patients and improve their quality of life.
Although offering preventive treatment to patients in good oral health is rewarding, Dr. Troutman deeply enjoys working with patients who have had negative dental experiences in the past and helping them overcome their fears. It is equally rewarding to show fearful patients that they can be painlessly treated.
Being in practice this long has enabled Dr. Troutman to forge friendships with multiple generations of families. He is honored to treat the children of patients who entered his practice as children themselves. He sees this as confirmation that families believe they’re in good hands in his practice.
“Dentistry is just an amazing opportunity to be kind to people when they’re scared or worried, and to help them through a difficult time.”Dr. Rick Troutman
A native of Troutman, NC, where his parents still live, Dr. Troutman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and initially was unsure how he wanted to use that degree. He entered the teaching field and taught science and math for two years at a small Christian school in Charlotte. During that time, he met a parent of a student who was a dentist, and developed a friendship with him. He was fascinated by the manner in which the field enables a dentist to work with people.
“Dentistry is just an amazing opportunity to be kind to people when they’re scared or worried, and to help them through a difficult time,” Dr. Troutman says.
The field also appealed to his technical side. He applied and was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1988. Dr. Troutman went on to complete an advanced general dentistry residency before purchasing his practice from a retiring dentist.
Dr. Troutman is married to Susan, a nurse practitioner at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries. They have four children.
When he isn’t working, Dr. Troutman enjoys spending time with his adult children and grandchildren. He and his wife also enjoy hiking throughout western North Carolina and Virginia. He is active at Harvest Bible Chapel of Hickory and involved in the tech ministry there.