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.

Brenda L. Nelson, DDS, MS – Staff Pathologist

Dr. Nelson received her dental degree at the University of Minnesota in 1995. She completed a 3 year residency and a 1 year fellowship in oral pathology at Bethesda, MD and served 35 years in the U.S. Navy. She has held many esteemed positions during her military career. These include Residency Director and Department Head for the Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Program at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School at Bethesda, MD, and Head of Anatomic Pathology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. She has taught at the dental schools in Bethesda, MD, George Washington University, as well as Walter Reed Hospital. She was Editor in Chief of the Head and Neck Pathology Journal and on the Editorial Review Committee for the ENT Journal. You will find her name in countless journal articles in the pathology literature where she authored and co-authored more than 50 articles in her field and has written many chapters in our most important Pathology textbooks.

Support Team Members

Lauren – Laboratory Manager – [email protected]

Tina – Billing/Insurance Coodinator – [email protected]

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