A person’s personality and way of thinking is greatly influenced by his or her parents, friends and childhood environment. And Dr. Riichiro Sato’s thoughts on dentistry and the way he practices are direct reflections of his unique background and international experiences.
Raised by two physicians, Dr. Sato took the fundamental traits and keen curiosity passed down from his parents and applied them to the field of dentistry. Through personal years of research, teaching and clinical practice, he believes that it is always important to know and understand the concept of evidence-based dentistry from a scientific viewpoint in order to achieve good results. At the same time, he understands that there exist many barriers preventing the dentist from proceeding with the “ideal” treatment plan. Thus, he stresses the importance of effective communication—being both a technician as well as an educator—so that patients can fully understand what needs to be done in order to achieve success.
Fluent in Japanese and English, and having received dental licenses from both countries, Dr. Sato has the unique advantage of analyzing dental cases using experiences from both worlds. Currently, he is a visiting professor at Iwate Medical University in Japan, as well as chairman of the Hawai‘i chapter of the American College of Dentists.
Honored as a top dentist: 2022