Dr. Ralph L. Howell was born on May 2, 1960 in Suffolk, Va. He is the son of Dr. R. Leroy Howell and Martha Glenn Howell. He attended the Lower and Upper Schools at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and graduated in 1978. He entered the College of William & Mary in the fall of 1978 and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He entered the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in the fall of 1985 and graduated in 1989 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following graduation he joined his father in the practice of general dentistry in Suffolk. He has offices in the downtown area of Suffolk and the Harborview area of Suffolk. He is a member of the Tidewater Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He has served as President of the Tidewater Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.