Meet the Dentists
Meet Dr. Fossum
Dr. Richard Fossum enjoys creating beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. He’s a caring and compassionate general and restorative dentist who uses proven therapies and modern technology to deliver excellent care with a personal touch. Dr. Fossum began practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1995 before he moved to Texas. He opened his Belton office in 1999, and then in 2004 relocated his practice to his current location in Temple. He is the CEO of Fossum Dental Group.
Dr. Fossum attended the University of Texas in Austin before graduating from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1995. Prior to arriving in Temple, he practiced dentistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1995 to 1999.
An avid learner, Dr. Fossum takes numerous hours of continuing education each year to stay current with new procedures, technology, and safety standards. He constantly evaluates new equipment and spares no expense to implement tools and technologies that increase patient comfort and provide innovative dental solutions.
Dr. Fossum is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Central Texas Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Fossum has four active children, three girls and one teenage boy, and several family pets. He enjoys traveling with his family and using his pilot’s license to fly. He also enjoys automobile racing. Dr. Fossum likes to ski, play tennis, and spend quality time with his children. He is the oldest of five children and all three of his brothers are dentists practicing in Texas. Dr. Fossum and his wife, Brittany, enjoy hiking, traveling and volunteering together at the Body of Christ dental clinic in Belton.
Meet Dr. Elmore
Dr. Brooke Elmore joined Dr. Fossum’s practice in January 2012. As a general dentist providing oral surgery services, she enjoys restoring dental health to a wide variety of patients. Her focus is on replacing missing teeth through implant dentistry. While she enjoys the surgical aspect of dentistry, she also understands the importance of the function and esthetics of restorative dentistry. Dr. Elmore prides herself on being able to integrate the surgical and restorative aspects of dentistry while providing this care to patients here at Dr. Fossum’s office.
Dr. Elmore attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Dental School in 2007. Upon graduation, she elected to complete an optional two-year General Practice Residency at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine. During her residency, she learned many advanced procedures and techniques, including intravenous sedation, implants, extractions, full mouth rehabilitation, bone grafting, and treating medically complex patients. After completing her general dentistry residency in 2009, Dr. Elmore decided to spend the next few years teaching at the Georgia Health Sciences University, where she became first, the Assistant Program Director of the General Practice Residency, and then the Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry. She really enjoys teaching residents on implant continuing education courses. She has also maintained her teaching affiliation with the GHSU as a part-time instructor, where spends a few days at the Dental School in Georgia teaching every quarter. She loves attending continuing education courses that focus on implant dentistry. In 2011, she was voted as one of Augusta’s Top Dentists.
Honors and Professional Affiliations
On October 21, 2016 Dr. Elmore was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. This is an honorary recognition of outstanding and admirable service to her profession and community. She also was inducted as Fellow in the American College of Dentists in 2015. Dr. Elmore has received her Mastership in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Elmore is a member of the American Dental Association, the State of Texas Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of Osseo integration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Hinman Dental Society.
Dr. Elmore, a native Texan, was born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas, where the majority of her family still lives. Before dentistry, Dr. Elmore was a nationally competitive power tumbler and collegiate cheerleader. While completing her residency, Dr. Elmore met and married her husband, Kennon, a native Georgian, and they moved back to Texas. They have two sons, Loftis and Kennedy and two dogs Oscar and Jack. Dr. Elmore loves doing anything outdoors, traveling, cooking, watching Big 12 and SEC football, but enjoys spending time with family and friends the most.
Meet Dr. Grosskopf
Dr. Courtney Grosskopf is proud to be the newest dentist at Fossum Dental Group! She started practicing in May of 2007; before that, she worked in the hemodialysis unit and Intensive Care Unit and had a career as a Registered Dietician at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. She looks forward to helping patients and families smile brighter through her advanced training and 10+ years of experience.
After graduating from Episcopal High School in Houston, TX, Dr. Grosskopf pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition form the University of Texas. Several years later, she achieved her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Following her time in dental school, Dr. Grosskopf completed a General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Georgia. This residency primarily focused on providing dental care to medical complex patients. She also learned about IV sedation and implant dentistry.
The following year, she completed an additional two-year residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Oral Medicine, where she provided focused treatment to medical complex patients once again, which included treating cases of oral lesions in the mouth (including lichen planus, pemphigus, pemphigoid, aphthous ulcers, and herpetic lesions). She also worked with many patients who were in preparation to start head and neck radiation, as well as those who were actively undergoing chemotherapy. Finally, she received extensive experience in caring for individuals with orofacial pain, including (but not limited to) TMD/TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia, burning mouth syndrome, and atypical facial pain/neuropathy.
Dr. Grosskopf was born and raised in Houston. Her entire family is actually from the Austin area. She is currently raising a young man with lots of kind support from her loved ones. Outside of work, you can regularly find her going to all sorts of concerts around Austin. She loves music so much that she regularly sings while working with patients!