Meet the Doctors

Meet Kingsport, TN Dentists, Dr. Rick Bateman & Dr. Jake Bateman

Dr. Rick E. Bateman, DDS


Dr. Bateman at Bateman Dentistry


After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with honors in 1977, Dr. Bateman graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1981. There, he was an active member of the Dean's Odontological Society and the Baptist Student Union. He has been passionately practicing dentistry in Kingsport for 32 years. Dr. Bateman, the oldest of 3 boys, was born in England to 2 US Air Force officers. He grew up in Lexington, TN, 100 miles from Memphis. Always balancing a job with school, he held a variety of positions: soda jerk on the town square, lifeguard and swim instructor at the city pool, laborer on trash pick-up, a manual laborer in a chain factory, and a busboy in the kitchen for the VA Hospital.



Dr. Bateman and Family

Dr. Bateman and his wife, Sandy, met while in school in Memphis and married in 1981. Will, their youngest son, lives in Nashville and is a public accountant.


Hobbies and Interests

The Batemans enjoy all athletics, especially golf, biking, yoga, and the Great Body Company! Dr. Bateman has a particular interest in theology and has taken several classes at Milligan and Emmanuel School of Religion. Rick and Sandy are members of Colonial Heights Christian Church and have been on several medical missions including, Belize, RAM, and two local Kingsport clinics.


Mission and Practice Goal

Bateman Dentistry's goal and mission are to treat each client as they want to be treated, while always being mindful of their faith. Their passion is to make each dental experience the best it can be in an environment of mutual respect and concern while being gentle and kind. We hope to infuse fun with staff and with YOU, the patient.


Professional Activities & Honors

Dr. Bateman has been very active in organized dentistry on the local and state level. He is committed to his continuing education and to providing the latest research-based dentistry for his patients. Rick is most proud of becoming a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires 1300 hours of CE in 8 disciplines of dentistry and an 8-hour exam. Currently, 50 of 3500 dentists in Tennessee hold this distinction.

  • American Dental Association- member 32 years, delegate, program chair, East TN VP

  • Fellow in the International College of Dentists

  • Fellow in American College of Dentists

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

  • Dentist of the Year nominee, TN Academy of General Dentistry, 2001 & 2007

  • Fellow & Master in the Academy of General Dentistry

  • Times News Peoples' Choice Dentist of the Year Award, 1997, 1998, 2013

  • Alumni of the LD Pankey Institute

  • Tennessee Dental Association Fellowship Award, 1998

  • Tennessee Dental Association Foreign Service Award, 1994, 2013




Dr. Jake R. Bateman, DDS


Dr. Jake Bateman was born and raised in Kingsport. During high school, Jake was a 3-time letter winner on the golf team while commuting to Knoxville 4 times a week for gymnastics. After graduating from Dobyns-Bennett, he received a full scholarship to compete for The Ohio State University Men’s Gymnastics team. Leaving Columbus as a Big Ten Rookie of the Year, 2 time All-American, and a 2 time Team Captain, Dr. Jake moved to Colorado following college to continue training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Dentistry couldn’t wait though. A year later, he began his next career at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Jake is happy to be back in East Tennessee. He has a passion for excellence and is honored to serve Kingsport and surrounding communities. 

Additionally, Dr. Jake was a member of the Honors and Scholars program at Ohio State. During his junior and senior year, he was ESPN CoSIDA 2nd Team Academic All-American. Jake was also the first buckeye ever to receive the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. While at UT College of Dentistry, Jake received several scholarships and awards for his academic and clinical performance. During his senior campaign, he received the Restorative Dentistry Award for Excellence, Fixed Prosthodontics "Best of the Best" Award, and The Academy of General Dentistry Outstanding Performance Award. Jake was the first UT Dentistry student in 5 years to receive the "Jack Wells Excellence in Dentistry" Award.

He currently is the President of The First District Dental Society for Northeast Tennessee. He has also served as New Dentist Chair for the Tennessee Dental Association (1st district) and Program Chair for the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He holds standing membership with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. He has received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only is held by 6% of Dentists in the US. Dr. Jake has also been invited into the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Internation College of Dentists (ICD). Furthermore, he is also an active member of the Spear Appalachian Study Club, visiting the Campus in Scottsdale, AZ regularly for education. On a yearly basis, Dr. Jake accumulates more than 100 hours of Continuing Education yearly and currently has 600 hours of Continuing Education. 


Hobbies and Interests

Jake enjoys spending time with his two daughters (Ayres and Lottie) and with his wife, Laurel, and English Bulldog (Bess). They are members of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. 


Professional Activities

  • President of First District Dental Society

  • Program Chair Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

  • First District Representative for New Dentist Association

  • American Dental Association

  • Academy of General Dentistry pre-fellow

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Spear Appalachian Study Club


Mission Statement 

Regardless of the task, Dr. Jake has always left it on the table. His philosophy is to listen intently and treat everyone as a brother and sister in Christ. He also strives to be his best at whatever he does. Dentistry is no exception.




Personal Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

  • International College of Dentists

  • Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Service award 

  • Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award 

  • Academy of Operative Dentistry Award for Clinical Excellence 

  • Whip-Mix “Best of The Best” Excellence in Prosthodontics Award 

  • Jack E. Wells Professional Achievement Award 

  • Dr. John T Camp Scholarship 

  • Dr. Harold Cloogman Scholarship

  • Dr. W.C. Lady Scholarship 

  • UT Advanced Prosthodontic Program

  • NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship 

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars member 

  • 3x OSU Health Sciences Scholars 

  • 3x College Gymnastics Association First Team All-American

  • 3x Big Ten Conference First Team Academic All-Big Ten 

  • ESPN CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America