Dr. Richard Upton
Dr. Richard Upton grew up in Raleigh, NC and moved to GA to attend college at Emory University. While at Emory he obtained a dual degree in Biology and Music as well as earned four-time athletic and academic All- American honors as a member of the varsity Swimming and Diving team. It was during his sophomore year at Emory that he was introduced to Dr. Benson. Over the next years when he was not in the classroom or the pool, Dr. Upton spent his time in Dr. Benson’s office seeking his mentorship and learning about the field of dentistry.
Following graduation from Emory he served as Head Coach for Eagles Swim Club, a USA Swimming sanctioned year-around swim club, while fulfilling his remaining dental school requirements and applying to dental school.
Dr. Upton began dental school at the Augusta University Dental College of Georgia in 2015 where he earned his DMD, served in the Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing home, and was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Dental Award. During dental school Dr. Upton found his passion as a general dentist, but wanted to be able to offer more specialized and comprehensive care to his patients.
During his senior year at DCG Dr. Upton applied to and was accepted to the Kings County Hospital General Practice Residency in Brooklyn, NY.
In Brooklyn, Dr. Upton enjoyed living in Williamsburg while taking advantage of the immense training he received in implantology, endodontics, periodontics, head and neck trauma, and prosthodontics. The residents at the hospital run the clinic 6 days a week and take call roughly 4 nights each month. While on call, Dr. Upton was taught to be ready for anything, oral abscesses, facial lacerations, and GSW’s being the most common. “My residency was a dream, I was surrounded by co-residents who were just as eager to learn and treat patients as I was.My attendings were dedicated to sharing their seemingly boundless experience. Every day I learned something new about oral rehabilitation, and am forever grateful for the experience.”
Dr. Upton’s Philosophy:
“My patients are my family, and I am committed to providing them with the best oral and maxillofacial care delivered with evidence based techniques and cutting edge technology.”
When Dr. Upton isn’t in the office or keeping up to date with continuing education, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellyn. They are both lovers of food, fitness, and travel so if you have a favorite restaurant or vacation spot, let them know!
HOURS OF OPERATION
- Mon: 7:30 am-4 pm
- Tues: 7:00am-4pm
- Wed: 7:30am-4pm
- Thurs: 7:00am-2pm
- Fri-Sun: Closed
- We are closed for all major holidays
For after-hour dental emergencies, Dr. Benson and Dr. Upton can be reached via our answering service by calling 770-394-3114.