Richard A. Nichols, DMD
Periodontist in Spring Lake
Dr. Nichols originally hails from Natick, Massachusetts. He attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry in 1978. Dr. Nichols then worked for three years as a research assistant in the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1985. Following graduation, he joined the US Army and reported to Fort Sill, OK, completing a one year advanced education program in general dentistry. Dr. Nichols served as a general dental officer in multiple assignments in the US, Egypt, Germany, and Honduras. He completed a periondontics residency in 1999 at the US Army Post Graduate Periodontics Residency in Fort Gordon, GA and earned a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Dr. Nichols taught general dentistry residents at Fort Jackson, SC and at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI from 2003 to 2013. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010. After 31 years of active duty service, Colonel Nichols is currently the Chief of Periodontics at the US Army Dental Activity, Fort Bragg, NC. Dr. Nichols is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the American Academy of Periodontology.