Downriver Surgery Center, located at 1823 Fort Street in Wyandotte, is staffed by Ronald Morris, D.D.S., and his partner, Kyle Thorsrud, D.D.S. They met when Dr. Thorsrud, then a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn studying mechanical engineering, stopped in for a dental procedure at Downriver Surgery. Thorsrud was not sold on his current career path, so he asked Dr. Morris about dentistry.
“The whole thing fascinated me,” Thorsrud explains. “I ended up shadowing Dr. Morris during an oral surgery and eventually assisting him with hospital cases.”
Thorsrud went on to obtain his degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) – Buffalo in 2010 and completed his oral surgery residency at the Detroit Medical Center this year.
“Kyle was an incredibly quick learner, an enthusiastic oral surgeon,” Dr. Morris says. “And I think we have the same mechanical abilities, the same devotion to our practice and patients so it has been a great fit.”
Dr. Morris, like Thorsrud, also made a slight career switch when he was beginning his education.
“I had wanted to be an orthodontist since I was a kid,” he says. “But on my first hospital rotation, I went on an oral surgery rotation at Henry Ford Hospital and I was hooked.”
He earned his dental degree and graduated with honors from the University of Detroit Dental School. After completing a year-long general practice residency at Truman Medical Center, he finished his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital. He eventually bought an existing oral surgery practice, formerly own by the retiring Dr. Ian Smith, and settled in to the community. Dr. Morris is board certified and a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association.
Both Drs. Morris and Thorsrud are involved in the Downriver community, having been long-time residents. They also take pride in offering a family-focused, compassionate service that helps individuals from the area maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“The ability to ease someone’s pain and get people back to feeling good is very rewarding,” Dr. Thorsrud says. “Our practice has the reputation for being a relaxed setting that provides painless procedures.”
Dr. Morris agrees.
“I enjoy the challenge of the diagnoses and then the excitement of treatment and getting the patient back to good oral health,” he says. “I have always been mechanical, good with my hands, and I find a great deal of satisfaction and inspiration in this type of work.”
Dr. Morris adds that the practice keeps up on the latest in technology and treatments to always offer the best services.
This includes the practices latest addition: a Planmeca ProMax 3D imaging machine used for oral and maxillofacial surgery and procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, oral and facial cancer removal, and dentofacial surgeries.
The machine enables the surgeons to obtain highly accurate imaging with an even lower patient radiation dose than standard 2D panoramic imaging, yet it still provides a vast amount of detailed anatomical information. Dr. Morris explains that he is able to virtually perform the surgery to specific dimensions and specifications before ever doing work on the patient, lessening any risk or discomfort.