Dr. Richard L. “Rick” Gooch III is a native to the area, graduating from Kirksville High School. After graduation he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994. Dr. Gooch is one of the founding dentist of Kirksville Dental Group. He is certified to provide Perio Protect to his patients. He is an active board member of the local community health center, Northeast Missouri Health Council and a founding member and past President of the Orange and Black Foundation. Dr. Gooch and his wife, Dr. Janet Gooch, reside in Kirksville. They have three children, Olivia, Andrew, and Ethan. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, flying and spending time at Spring Lake boating and relaxing with family and friends.