Mission Statement

The goal for our practice is to strive to love and serve others as Christ loves us. It is our intent to provide a caring, compassionate and concerned atmosphere for our patients. It is our desire to see that all patients are treated consistently the same with genuine love, care and professionalism.

We believe in building meaningful relationships with our patients, thereby creating a bond of trust.  We hope to create a partnership where both of us accept the responsibility to provide and maintain the best possible dental health.

We work together as a team, whose focus is to add value to the lives of our patients and each other.

Ron Foust, DDS & Team

What Sets Us Apart

We place a high value on patients in our relationship-based practice where our concern for them is the most important aspect of all we do. We strive to provide comprehensive dental care in a manner that we believe is different than most other dental practices. Our patients find it convenient and comfortable that we provide treatment within all disciplines of dentistry with only rare referrals to a specialist. We work together as a team whose focus is to add value to the lives of our patients and to each other. Excellence in all we do is the goal in our patient-centered practice. 


Meet Dr. Foust

Dr. Ron Foust

Dr. Foust graduated from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, TN.  After graduation he spent over a year in Charlotte, North Carolina functioning as a children’s dentist with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Upon returning to his hometown of Knoxville he opened his private practice in its current location just south of downtown.  Dr. Foust has spent his professional years developing his skills through extensive continuing education.  He is fortunate to have been taught by a number of well-respected mentors known worldwide.  This esteemed list includes his mentors in the Florida Dento-Facial Study Club, Dr. Carl Gugino and Dr. Donnie Myers since 1987, Dr. Mike Schuster of the Schuster Centre for Professional Development, Dr. William Brandt, UT Health Science Center, Memphis, and Dr. Michael Couch of CaringQuest, Ocala, Florida. Additionally he was trained by Dr. John Chao, Alhambra, California in the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) for scalpel-free gum recession correction. Through their mentoring Dr. Foust has incorporated many technologies he learned from them into his own practice such as Cone Beam X-rays and neuromuscular technologies to aid in his treatment of patients with muscular dysfunction and orthodontic challenges. He is an enthusiastic advocate for integrative medicine that includes healthy nutrition to aid in the prevention of disease.

Dr. Foust bases his practice philosophy on building trusting relationships with his patients.  He believes this to be the first and most important characteristic of a dental medicine doctor.  Excellence for his patients’ dental health is always his goal throughout the diagnostic and treatment phases of dentistry.

Being an avid fly fisherman Dr. Foust is quite happy to spend his free time on a great trout river fishing with the flies he tied himself.  He and his wife, Pat, are the proud parents of Jonathan and Stephanie (Jody) and have one special granddaughter, Abby.  They are active members of their church, Sevier Heights Baptist in Knoxville.

Meet the Team


Pat has worked alongside her dentist husband since the practice was established.  She has worked in all positions within the office throughout the years except dental hygiene.  She currently serves in a role held for many years as the Financial Administrator as well as the Secretary/Treasurer of the practice corporation.  She has been trained in the business side of dentistry at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as extensively in customer service during her previous employment with South Central Bell in Memphis and Knoxville.

Pat and Ron were high school sweethearts and married after his first year in dental school. They have been active members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church since 1996. She is the proud mother to her daughter, Stephanie, son, Jonathan, and the grandmother to her beautiful Abby.


Jan joined our administrative staff as our Office Administrator/Patient Coordinator in February of 1992.   Her previous experience as a Legal Secretary and banking Executive Assistant makes her well-trained as the manager at our front desk.  After she began her dental career in our practice she completed an extensive training regimen at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is usually the first person our patients meet via telephone or upon arriving in our office since she functions as our key telephone contact and greeter.  She assists patients in scheduling their appointments, financial matters and filing insurance claims.  Jan is gifted at helping the office to run smoothly and efficiently and keeps our patient records up to date and complete.

Jan and her husband have three grown children and three grandsons and two granddaughters.

She and her family are actively involved in their church.  Jan loves UT sports, especially Lady Vols basketball. She usually vacations at a beach destination when all the family can arrange some time off together.


Karen has been a dental hygienist (RDH) in our practice for over 30 years Her first tour of duty began in 1980.  After a span of years moving around the country as an Army Major’s wife, she rejoined our team in 1992 when her husband retired from the Army.

While practicing Dental Hygiene in our office, she has been trained along with Dr. Foust in Anti-Infective Periodontal Therapy. Karen also trained with our team at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has obtained an additional Board of Dentistry certification by fulfilling requirements in Dental Anesthesia and specialized radiology training for our NewTom Cone Beam imaging. She has also completed an associate fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute for clinical applications as well as training for advanced oral cancer screening with Oral ID™.

Karen and her husband married in 1981 after first meeting in her hygiene chair in our office.  She has three married children, two granddaughters and three grandsons.  She loves to visit the beach, fish, garden, and spend time with her grandchildren.


Karin became a member of our dental assisting team in December 2006. Her dad and uncles are retired dentists so working in and around dental offices has always been a big part of her life. She grew up working for her dad in his practice and later worked in a dental laboratory for 8 years.  Karin also worked in a private dental practice as a dental technician and manager.

After graduating from the Tennessee Technology Center Dental Assisting School in Knoxville she received additional extensive training at UT Dental School, Memphis where she achieved her certificate as an Expanded Function Registered Dental Assistant/Dental Technician (EFRDA).  In addition she has been trained surgically alongside Dr. Foust in implant placement and related surgeries at UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Karin has also completed an associate fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute for clinical applications as well as trained in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) for gum recession correction.  She also completed specialized radiology training for our NewTom cone beam imaging.

She has been married 32 years and has three wonderful boys.  Karin enjoys gardening around her mountain top home, camping and other fun outdoor activities with her family. She especially loves vintage car shows.


Carrie is the newest member of Dr. Foust’s dental team. She and her husband, Harlan, along with their three daughters, live in Dandridge, TN. She enjoys traveling, relaxing weekends with her family, going to the mountains, and her Rottweiler, Zoe.

After Carrie graduated from Jefferson County High School, she continued her education at Science Hill Technology Center in Johnson City, Tennessee where she completed her RDA degree. She has been a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) for over 21 years. She has worked in General Dentistry, Pedodontics, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery which allowed her to increase her knowledge and skills of dentistry.  Carrie is trained and certified in coronal polishing, nitrous oxide monitoring, sealant application, CPR and is familiar with cone beam imaging. Her primary responsibility in the office is chairside assisting for Dr. Foust.  

Carrie has previously volunteered in Remote Area Medical Clinics (RAM) and looks forward to ministering alongside Dr. Foust and our other clinical staff at future RAM Clinics. She enjoys meeting people and looks forward to meeting each of you.


A Referral Thank You

We appreciate the confidence our patients have shown in our office by choosing us to provide their complete dental care.  The result of our strong commitment to excellence in the professional community and in the relationships we build with our patients and colleagues have allowed us to serve them successfully for over 35 years.  Thank you for continuing to recommend our practice to your friends and family.

Office Hours

Our office is normally open Monday –Thursday from 8:15 until 4:45.

From time to time holidays, continuing education, extreme weather, etc. will cause schedule changes in routine office hours or days.


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