Aspire Surgical features a unique combination of expertise in traditional oral and maxillofacial surgery with advanced techniques and enhancements. Our doctors’ qualifications include broad training and vast experience in these areas. Our surgical center is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped with some of the latest technologies and modern equipment.

From a driving passion for improving others’ lives through oral surgery, our doctors at Aspire Surgical are affiliated with eight hospitals in the Salt Lake and Park City areas and respond to trauma calls, giving them extensive experience in skeletal reconstruction of the face. Their practice includes a full scope of oral surgery, with their expertise ranging from dental implant to corrective jaw surgery and enhancements. This includes techniques for treating TMJ, removing wisdom teeth, placing dental implants, performing bone grafts or jaw surgery, and more.

Mark Ryser, DMD, MD

Mark Ryser, DMD, MD

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Dr. Richard Shamo, DDS

Richard Shamo, DDS, MD

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Dr. Mark Ryser grew up in the Salt Lake area and is a second-generation oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies, followed by his dental training at the University of Louisville, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2001. Dr. Ryser completed medical school in conjunction with postgraduate training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. After receiving his Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.), he completed a surgical internship in general surgery at Charity Hospital. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University, one of the top programs in the country, in 2007.

Dr. Ryser is currently completing certification requirements to become a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His residency provided extensive training and exposure to all facets of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dental implants, dentoalveolar, orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery, bone grafting, oral pathology, and facial cosmetic surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Ryser has received multiple awards at both national and international meetings for his research and publications in the fields of dental implants and craniofacial biology. He practices the entire scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with particular interests in dental implants. This includes recombinant bone morphogenetic protein grafting, complex CT scan implant surgery planning, and peri-implant soft tissue augmentation. Other areas of special interest include orthognathic surgery, as well as facial and peri-oral cosmetic surgery.

Advanced Training

  • Postgraduate Training, Louisiana State University
  • Surgical Internship in General Surgery, Charity Hospital
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Louisiana State University

Rick grew up near Las Vegas in Boulder City, Nevada in the middle of 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  After completing High School and his first year of college, he served an LDS mission in Panama City, Panama.

While attending BYU in Provo, he met his wife, Janae, while they both worked as Chemistry teaching assistants. They have been married for 14 years and have 4 beautiful children.  After graduating from BYU, he moved to Los Angeles for dental school at UCLA, while Janae taught high school chemistry.   They then moved to Connecticut for a combined MD/OMS certificate program at the University of Connecticut.

In his free time, Rick enjoys camping, watersports, mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing golf.