Our Team of Oral Pathologist

dr.grechen  Gretchen Folk, DDS, MS Director  

Dr. Folk received her DDS from the University of Washington in 1998.  Dr. Folk completed her Oral Pathology residency training at the Naval Dental School in Bethesda, MD and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Upon graduation, she also received a MS degree in Oral Biology from George Washington University.  In 2004, Gretchen joined the pathology department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she also served as Department Head of Anatomic Pathology.  Dr. Folk is a regular guest lecturer at Loma Linda University.  She has contributed to the head and neck pathology, ENT and oral surgery literature.  she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  She has been a staff pathologist at Scripps Oral Pathology Service since 2006 and her special interests include salivary gland neoplasia and soft tissue pathology.

dr.rick  Gordon M. Rick, DDS, MSStaff Pathologist  

Dr Rick, Director Emeritus, received his professional and post graduate education at Loma Linda University and served on the faculty of his alma mater for over 40 years, including the Chairmanship of the Department of Oral Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology.  He joined the professional staff at SOPS in 1973 and, in addition to presenting continuing education courses around the world, has served as an officer of multiple regional, national and international professional organizations – most notably as President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  Gordon has authored multiple scientific publications and a highlight of his career  was a competitive NIH-funded Fogarty International Fellowship with the late Professor Jens J. Pindborg at the Royal Dental College in Copenhagen.


dr.slater  Lee J. Slater, DDS, MS –  Staff Pathologist –  

Dr. Slater  graduated  from the UCLA School of Dentistry.  He received his oral pathology residency training at Indiana University with Drs. Shafer and Tomich.  During his career as a US Air Force oral pathologist, he spent ten years at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP).    Dr. Slater has been a staff pathologist at SOPS since 2000.



Support Team Members

Elisa – Administrative Support / Insurance and Billing

Dina – Administrative Support / Medical Transcription

Joyce – Administrative Support 

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