Rick Kearns, DDS
Improving Smiles and Transforming Lives
Dentistry is a wonderful profession. I get to help people gain confidence in their smile or move them out of dental pain, which improves their quality of life. Dental care helps people develop better oral, body, and emotional health. When people are healthy, and know their smile looks great, they feel better about themselves and more comfortable in social situations. I play a role in making people’s lives better, one person at a time!
I’ve been practicing dentistry since 2000. I was drawn to the profession because of the opportunities it offers to really get to know people and build lasting relationships, all while helping them. Having a beautiful smile can truly change a person’s life; people become more confident and outgoing, they’re more successful in personal and professional situations, and they’re happier, too.
I value the relationships that grow between my patients and me. Each of them has their own stories to share and I find I learn from our conversations. I look forward to each person’s visits as a time to hear what’s happening with their families, their travels, and their achievements at work or in school. Being a dentist is about caring for people on a personal level; it’s immensely fulfilling and rewarding.
Education and Continuing Education
I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Lincoln. That education provided me with a great foundation in understanding oral health. However, this is a constantly evolving field: advances in techniques, revolutionary technologies, and new materials are always being developed.
In order to provide patients with the best care and treatment options, I must remain current on all developments. It’s my goal to provide multiple services at the highest level to my patients; they deserve nothing less.
I complete many hours of continuing education every year. I’m a member of CEREC® Doctors, have completed a fellowship at the Misch Implant Institute, and another fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantology. I’m also a graduate of the Progressive Orthodontic Seminars.
- Fellowship, Misch Implant Institute
- Fellowship, International Congress of Oral Implantology
- American Dental Association
- Nebraska Dental Association
- CEREC Doctors 2018
2019 Grand Island Independent Best Dentist Award
- 2020 Grand Island Independent Best Dentist Award
- 2021 Grand Island Independent Best Dentist Award Runner Up
- 2022 Grand Island Independent Best Dentist Award
Originally from Rushville, I’ve made my home in Grand Island for more than 15 years. My wife Katie and I have five wonderful children: Kinnley, Kelton, Kyler, Kamaera, and Kreed. Outside the office, you’ll usually find me with my family. I especially enjoy supporting my kids in their activities. I also enjoy playing golf during the summer and doing some hunting in the fall.
In the Community
I think it’s important to be active in one’s community and to give back to others. I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus and help coach youth baseball and softball programs, too.