Meet Dr. Richard Howell


With 44 years of professional dental experience, Richard Howell, DDS, MS, completed his professional education at the Ohio State University earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1974.  He the joined the USAF and was assigned to Wiesbaden, Germany.  In 1978, having returned to the US, he earned a Master’s Degree in Dentistry from the University of Texas.  In 1980, he completed a two-year clinical residency in Periodontics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in Texas.

Dr. Howell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, signifying achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of periodontics and implant dentistry in Asheville, NC for over30 years.

Dr. Howell is well known in the Asheville community for informative self defense instruction.  16 years ago he founded Double Edge Self Defense, involving instruction for self-defense and conditioning.  However, it is keeping pace with his three grown children and grandchildren and keeps him on the move.


Meet Dr. Susanna Goggin


Dr. Susanna Goggin is a native of Danville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Kentucky from 2003-2007 receiving a bachelors of science in Agricultural Biotechnology and graduating with honors. She continued her educational journey in Kentucky and in 2011, she graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry with her Doctor of Dental Medicine. During dental school Dr. Goggin received an award for excellence in periodontology. She successfully completed dual certification during her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry Department of Periodontology from 2011-2014 and the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Birmingham from 2011-2014. 

In April 2016 Dr. Goggin participated in a course at the Advanced Dental Education Center in Dallas Texas. The course, developed by Dr. Edward Pat Allen, covered new periodontal surgical techniques used with soft tissue allograft materials. Dr. Goggin is currently the only periodontist in the Asheville Buncombe County area who has attended this advanced course in soft tissue grafting.

Professional affiliations include memberships in the American Academy of Periodontology, Southern Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration. North Carolina Dental Society, Buncombe County Dental Society Executive Committee, American Dental Association, Spear Education Study Club, Spear Education Masters Club, and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Susanna has a passion for serving others. Beginning her first year in dental school Dr. Goggin went on her first dental mission trip. Since that time she has served the people of Honduras, Nicaragua and Haiti and has developed a passion for helping others through dentistry. She has also become actively involved in the Junior League. She and her toy poodle have worked together for over 7 years as a certified therapy dog team visiting children and individuals in nursing homes.

In addition, Dr. Goggin loves to exercise, travel and cook in her spare time.