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

From a driving passion for improving other’s lives through oral and maxillofacial surgery, our doctors at Aspire Surgical is affiliated with eight hospitals in the Salt Lake and Park City areas and respond to trauma calls, giving their extensive experience in skeletal reconstruction of the face. His practice includes a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with expertise ranging from dental implants to corrective jaw surgery and enhancements.

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 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 an 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 diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. During his residency he received 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 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.