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Michael W. Thomas, DMD


Dr. Michael W. Thomas attended dental school at Washington University in Saint Louis. He then was accepted into the dental residency program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Michael began his private practice with the philosophy that “I am here to serve my patients, for without them, there is no reason for me to be here”.  His goal has always been to provide the highest quality of dental care to all patients.

In 2007 Michael and his wife of over 27 years, Darcy, decided to leave the city life and his successful practice in Arvada, CO in order to move to the small, beautiful, mountainous community of Ridgway.  This change has allowed Michael to return to a smaller practice where his relationships with his patients are much more personal. Living in Ouray County enables Michael to enjoy his favorite sports of water skiing, cycling and skiing, along with adding new sports such as ice climbing and fly fishing.


David Lurye, DDS


Dr. David Lurye received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1985.  Additionally, he studied at the University of Bergen School of Dentistry in Bergen, Norway.

Upon graduating, David was a lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service, Indian Health Service branch, where he served as a staff dental officer on the Navajo reservation. Subsequent duty stations included the Mountain Ute and Jicarilla Apache reservations where he worked in IHS hospitals.

David practiced his dentistry in Winter Park, Colorado for 23 years. During that time he served as Assistant Professor at University of Colorado School of Dentistry where he taught for seven years.  He also served as a preceptor for dental students from Boston University during their rotations outside of school.  He is a Past-President of the Colorado Dental Association, advocating for minimizing intrusion into the doctor/patient relation by third parties and insurance companies, and currently serves as the Colorado Dental Association's Speaker of the House.  In 2012, David moved to Ridgway and joined Dr. Michael Thomas at Ridgway Family Dentistry. He served as dental director at Uncompahgre Combined Medical and Dental Clinic for three years and continues his advocacy efforts for patient rights, traveling regularly to Denver and Washington D.C. on behalf of the Colorado Dental Association and American Dental Association.

David and his wife Patricia  are thrilled to be part of the Ridgway community and enjoy hiking, riding their tandem bicycle, riding motorcycles and spending time with their numerous dogs and cats.


Todd Southall, DDS


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Southall has joined our team at Ridgway Family Dentistry.  Todd earned his dental degree at Case Western University in Cleveland in 2002, and went on to do a general practice, hospital-based residency (GPR) at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Todd, his wife Audra and daughter Courtney recently relocated to Ridgway from Tucson, where he had a private practice and worked with the Pascua Yaqui tribe in their dental center. He continues to serve as an adjunct clinical faculty member at A.T. Still University / Arizona School of Dentistry and  as a clinical faculty member for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program for Lutheran Medical Center.  He is a graduate of the prestigious Kois Center for advanced dental education in Seattle, WA and is dental director at Uncompahgre Combined Medical and Dental Center in Norwood.