• After more than 30 years in dentistry, Dr. Rich continues to expand her skills and knowledge of the complex interrelationships between oral health and whole body health.

About Dr. Martha Rich

Dr. Martha Rich has been teaching and lecturing internationally on the diagnostic relationships between masticatory muscle function, craniofacial pain, and malocclusion for almost 30 years. Her passion for understanding occlusion from a functional perspective began early in her practice when she recognized that she had not acquired enough of a knowledge base about the interrelationships of these important subjects as a dental student.

In 1984, just three years after graduation, Dr. Rich began teaching part-time for the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics at OHSU. There, she had the opportunity to partner with Dr. Hiroshi Ueno in the instruction, study, and treatment of decreased vertical dimension cases. During the next seven years, Dr. Rich and Dr. Ueno analyzed the impact of vertical dimension on muscle and joint function, and culminated their research in the presentation of two joint papers on the subject at the Seventh Convocation of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) in Osaka, Japan in 1991. While in Japan, they also taught several classes in neuromuscular dentistry to local study clubs. Dr. Rich then went on to earn her ICCMO fellowship in 1993 and her mastership in 1996.

As Dr. Rich gathered more knowledge about three dimensional jaw function, she found herself at odds with some of the more traditional orthodontic techniques. She decided to learn to perform orthodontic treatment herself, completing the continuum from the American Straight Wire Orthodontic Association in 1986, and adapting the techniques to complement what she knew and understood about three dimensional jaw and muscle function. Since then, she has continued to study advanced orthodontic techniques and functional orthopedics in an effort to offer her patients and students the most effective treatments available.

Over the last 30 years, Dr. Rich has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in TMD, pain management, neuromuscular dentistry, functional and traditional orthodontics, cosmetic and vertical reconstruction, implants, and more. She was a member of the American Association of Functional Orthodontics for 14 years before joining the International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) in 2009. She holds fellowships with the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, a fellowship and mastership with ICCMO, and is an IAO Senior Certified Instructor.

From a very early age, Dr. Rich was fascinated with the relationships between nutrition and preventive medicine, an interest which eventually led her into the field of dentistry and functional occlusion. While still an undergraduate at Boise State University, she completed an independent review of several resources on nutrition. To this day, Dr. Rich continues to gather and incorporate the most up-to-date information on the relationships between good nutrition, bite development, and whole body health into her practice and her lectures.

Dr. Rich has also long been interested in dentistry’s contribution to sleep medicine and is a current member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She is a regular volunteer for the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van Program, and has maintained a private dental practice with a neuromuscular approach for over 30 years. Dr. Rich is available for teaching and speaking engagements both locally and internationally, and may be contacted through the Contact link on this website.


Dr. Martha Rich does not receive any financial or non-financial compensation from any affiliate organization or product manufacturer.