Meet Dr. Richard Derksen
Dr. Derksen has been a part of the Dallas Esthetics family for over a decade and brings nearly 15 years of experience to the team. He has always enjoyed working with his hands, and dentistry gives him the opportunity to truly help people while combining his passions for art and science. He is eager to welcome you into our practice.
Why He Became a Dentist
In 2003, after working as a consultant, Dr. Derksen decided to go back to school to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. He was drawn to dentistry and specifically, prosthodontics, for its focus on improving people’s lives, health, and appearance through the combined use of art, science, and engineering. While this career change did not come without its hardships, it has proven to be a personally rewarding decision.
Dr. Derksen’s Dental Education & Training
Dr. Derksen’s undergraduate studies consist of a BA from SMU. After graduating and working as a consultant in Washington, D.C., he decided to go back to school to complete the science requirements needed to apply for dental school. He was accepted into Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2009. From there, he furthered his studies in restorative dentistry and completed a 3-year prosthodontic residency combined with a masters in science. In 2013, he successfully challenged the prosthodontic boards to become a board-certified prosthodontist.
To make sure his knowledge and skills are continually up to date, Dr. Derksen maintains memberships with several professional organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Dallas County Dental Society
- American Academy of Prosthodontics
- American Board of Prosthodontics
- Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry
- SPEAR Education
- Seattle Study Club
Life Away from the Dental Practice
Dr. Derksen met his lovely wife, Alexis, while studying in Boston. They have been blessed with a set of boy and girl twins, Andrew and Eleni, followed by a young daughter, Grace. When he isn’t spending quality time with family, he likes to stay active through skiing, golfing, tennis, and hockey. He is also an avid traveler and is always willing to take a trip to a beautiful beach or the mountains when the opportunity arises.