Richard Venmar grew up in western Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1975. He completed his dental education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, graduating with a D.M.D. degree in 1979. In recognition of his academic record and clinical skills while in dental school, Dr. Venmar was elected to membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary Society.
Following graduation, Dr. Venmar practiced with Dr. Michael Pawk, his neighbor and mentor, for one year in his home town of Butler, Pennsylvania before moving to Vermont. In November of 1980, he opened his practice on Main Street in Barre, above Paige and Campbell Insurance and remained there until 1990. By then, the practice had outgrown the original space and was moved to the current Maple Avenue location where doctor and staff enjoy the challenges of providing wide ranging dental services to people of all ages.
Dr. Venmar’s wife, Marianne, is an avid gardener and artist, while Dr. Venmar enjoys cooking, photography and computers. Their grown daughters, Kate and Jaime, live in Nashville, Tennessee and Balneario Camboriu, Brazil, respectively. Kate is a Ph.D. candidate in cancer biology in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Jaime worked in a travel agency in the Amazonian town of Novo Airao before moving to Balneario Camboriu in 2011 where she is a self employed teacher of English as a second language.
Dr. Venmar maintains memberships in the American Dental Association and the Vermont State Dental Society. In addition to private practice, Dr. Venmar held a part time faculty position from 1980 to 2010 in the School of Dental Hygiene, first at the University of Vermont and then at Vermont Technical College. He also lectures to dental assisting students at the Technical Center at Essex Junction High School.
Following his dental school education, Dr. Venmar has completed many hours of continuing education in all areas of dentistry and enjoys the great variety of challenges a broad based general practice provides.