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, she 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.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.


 J. Craig Whitt, DDS, MS, MBA – Clinical Pathologist

Dr. Whitt is the director of our “Oral Mucosal Disease Clinic”. He earned his DDS at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 1978. He completed a General Practice Residency at Camp Pendleton, CA in 1979 and his Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Residency at the Naval Graduate Dental School, Besthesda, MD in 1984. Dr. Whitt holds other advanced degrees in Chemistry, Management Information Systems and an MBA. He was Rinehart Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry 2009-2018. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He served 30 years in the US Navy in nuclear submarines and in the Naval Dental Corps. Dr. Whitt maintains an active practice in diagnostic surgical oral pathology and clinical oral pathology. His research and practice interests include oral mucosal inflammatory disease, precancerous and oral cancer lesions, odontogenic tumors and the diagnosis and management of salivary gland dysfunction.


Support Team Members

Elisa – Administrative Support / Insurance and Billing

Missy – Administrative Support / Medical Transcription

Contact Us :  Scripps Oral Pathology Service Phone Number 858-784-0600