Though his preteen years and some of his teen years were spent in the Midwest, Dr. Rick Lane has spent most of his life in California. Initially attracted to the Sonoma area for the beautiful cycling opportunities, he raised his son and daughter here and loves the people, the weather, and the physical beauty of the area. He has established himself as one of the most highly respected dentists in the Sonoma County area. His patients include many specialist dentists and many of their team members. Dr. Lane’s office is proud to have patients traveling from Marin, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Lake Counties for the gentle manner and fantastic results they receive.
Dentistry is in Dr. Lane’s blood, as he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was also a dentist.
“I love my job. I enjoy the mechanical and artistic aspects as well as the personal interactions. Working with my team to resolve our patients’ dental dilemmas is very gratifying.” —Dr. Rick Lane
Dr. Lane takes pride in being a smaller, privately-owned dental office. Having such an environment allows him and his staff the opportunity to offer the very best in general and cosmetic dental care in a highly personalized manner. Seeing patients who came into the office with not-so-healthy mouths, turn into patients with healthy mouths because of their work is incredibly rewarding to him and his staff.
“People are very grateful to enjoy smiling again when we’ve restored their smile or replaced a missing tooth for them.” —Dr. Rick Lane
When he’s not working, you may find him playing guitar and singing with his brother in their band, The Fabulous BioTones. Or he may be out in his garden growing vegetables, or visiting one of Petaluma’s great restaurants.
Dr. Lane credits the dental profession for affording lifelong learning opportunities as it changes and progresses through the years. He thoroughly enjoys continuing education opportunities in the cosmetic dentistry area and completes anywhere from 50-60 hours per year, more than double California’s requirement, in order to perfect his skill and artistry. His expertise is evident in his work.
Dr. Lane enjoys restoring worn dentitions and fractured front teeth, as well as dental bonding. He finds great fulfillment in creating complete dentures for those who have no teeth or whose teeth are no longer savable and who want a beautiful smile. He also enjoys restoring dental implants. Dr. Lane takes pride in operating a warm and inviting dental practice. He and his staff work hard to maintain an environment where all patients feel relaxed and confident in the care they are receiving. From the warm greeting you will receive when you first enter the office to the hot towels, blankets, pillows, and movies during your procedure, your comfort and confidence are our priority.
- BA Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (1976)
- Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California (1983)
- General Practice Resident, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, California (1983-1985)
- Chief Dental Resident, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, California (1984-1985)
- Dental Practice, San Francisco, California (1985-1995)
- Cosmetic and General Dentistry Private Practice, Petaluma, California (1995-present)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (1995-present)
- Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Redwood Empire Dental Society
- Spear Study Clubs
- UCLA Aesthetic Continuum
Dr. Lane’s band, The Fabulous BioTones, participates with the Petaluma Music Festival. Click the link to learn more about this festival that occurs every summer.