Kenneth G. Ricks, Jr., DDS, MSD
On a bright and sunny day in February, Dr. Kenny Ricks was born in Van Nuys, CA, and shortly thereafter moved to Bakersfield. He attended Eissler Elementary, Chipman Jr. High and Highland High School. After serving a mission for his church, Dr. Ricks got his Bachelor of Science Degree at California State University-Bakersfield in 2009, majoring in biology and minoring in Chemistry. He then attended Loma Linda School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class in 2013. After dental school, Dr. Ricks continued his education at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where he received a Master’s degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and his Orthodontic Certificate. In March 2016, he opened Ricks Family Orthodontics in his hometown of Bakersfield.
Dr. Ricks constantly reads current literature in orthodontics and attends multiple continuing education seminars each year to keep up-to-date with the latest innovations in the field. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO).
Obviously he spent a lot of time in school, but outside of school, Dr. Ricks is a husband and a father of four amazing kids. He says, “My family is my life and my motivation for the way I practice orthodontics. All of my kids are fun and full of energy. Each have their own very distinct personality and different interests. I love watching them learn, grow and experience new things. One of the things I love about orthodontics is that I get to enjoy my patients’ fun personalities and watch as they grow over the time they are in treatment. It’s an amazing blessing to be a part of their lives for a couple of years!”
Dr. Ricks loves the outdoors. He spends his time outside, hiking, backpacking, fishing and playing a variety of sports. He also loves playing the guitar and the piano and listening to all kinds of music. Dr. Ricks is highly involved in his church and loves to volunteer as a soccer coach and referee.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team at Ricks Family Orthodontics is committed to your smile! We look forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your dreams of a healthier, straighter smile. Call us today at 661-412-0188 to schedule your appointment and learn more about orthodontics in Bakersfield, California.
Shannon — Office Manager
Shannon has been with our team since Ricks Family Orthodontics opened in March 2016. She works hard to make sure our patients and their parents have a good experience here from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. She loves the closeness of our staff and enjoys listening to our team laugh and have fun together at their job. Shannon has the absolute best job getting to greet our patients and their parents, hold babies, read books and catch up on everyone’s lives.
Shannon has been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for many years and dabble in a couple of outside jobs for extra income to help out. She raised six beautiful children (including Dr. Ricks!) and has 18 perfect grandchildren. Outside of the office, she enjoys going to the gym, running and hiking. She also loves canning jams, fruit and even meat. Shannon also enjoys funny movies.
Jennifer — Receptionist
Jennifer graduated from Highland High School and is currently attending college. She joined our team in 2018. She enjoys the teamwork in our office, likes working with a staff that is welcoming and always has a smile. Jennifer keeps our office running smoothly by making appointments and organizing documents. Outside of the office, she likes to go hiking.
Brooke — Registered Dental Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant
Brooke maintained a 4.0 GPA while in school and graduated as valedictorian of her class. She has been with our team for two years. Brooke loves being part of a team that feels like a family. She loves that everyone here is genuinely caring and loving and that each member of our team brings their own personality and skill set. She appreciates that each member of our team is like a puzzle piece we didn’t know we were missing. Brooke brings her best attitude with her to work each day and finds that working with a smile helps her to truly love her work, her co-workers and her patients so that she can make sure they receive the best help and care possible.
Brooke has 10 siblings who have made life very interesting and fun. Each member of her family is vastly different and has had a hand in shaping who she is today. Brooke is a nerd and loves video games. She is also a big film fanatic and dabbles in scuba diving, falconry and sketching.
Kristen — Registered Dental Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant
Kristin graduated from Brightwood College with a 4.0 GPA and joined our team in March 2017. She feels blessed and grateful to be part of Ricks Family Orthodontics, and enjoys how close we have all become. She is committed to making sure that the quality of care for our patients is excellent.
Kristin married in September 2018. They currently have four fur babies — three dogs and one cat! Kristin loves crafting, riding her Harley, photography, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Nicole — Dental Assistant
Nicole graduated from high school and is currently enrolled at Taff College, pursuing a degree in dental hygiene. She previously took a dental assisting course in Utah, where she was trained in radiology, prophy cleaning and other dental assisting skills. In 2018, she joined our team here at Ricks Family Orthodontics. Nicole enjoys working in the dental field with fun, caring co-workers who are equally driven. She assists wherever needed and can fulfill many tasks in the office that lighten the load of others. Crooked or straight, she loves to see a good smile and enjoys seeing all her friends here at the office.
Nicole’s father is a lawyer and her mother is a stay-at-home mom. She is the 10th child, with eight older sisters and one older brother, and has 27 nieces and nephews. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews and playing disc golf and ultimate frisbee. Nicole’s favorite hobbies are going to Disneyland and to music concerts.