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Dr. Usry is our new full-time general dentist at Ridgeway Family Dentistry, and he joined our office in August 2021.
Dr. Usry’s desire to become a dentist started when he was 18, right out of high school, while he was working in industrial construction. His sister was attending school to become a dental assistant, which she seemed to enjoy, and convinced him to investigate becoming a dentist. Shortly after high school, Dr. Usry joined the Navy, where he served 4 years as a sonar technician. He operated and maintained sonar equipment on the USS Hue City stationed in Mayport, Florida. While in the Navy he was able to see many parts of Europe and spent most of his time in the Persian Gulf. This was a great opportunity, but realized he wanted something different as a career.
Shortly after separating from the Navy, Dr. Usry attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where he studied the sciences. While attending he became a supplemental instructor for Genetics, Functional Biology, and Chemistry. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry.
While attending college he was also preparing for a 265-mile canoe race known as the Texas Water Safari. After Texas State, Dr. Usry attended The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, one of the top dental schools in the Nation.
While in dental school he volunteered for health fairs in the community to Public Health. After his sophomore year, along with 3 other dental students, he traveled to Aleto Wondo, Ethiopia to again promote Public Health and to serve the severely underserved rural community. This is where Dr. Usry found his passion for dentistry. He enjoys improving the quality of people’s lives whether it is helping with pain or simply educating his patients for better quality of life.
Dr. Usry is pleased to be part of the community of Soldotna and look forward to the opportunity to serve his patients with the highest quality care. In his free time, Dr. Usry enjoys hiking, canoeing, and exploring the outdoors with his fiancé, their two dogs and newborn, Rowan!

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