Dr. James A. Ryerson’s father was a college professor; he finished his career and retired from the University of Alabama in 1987. His family moved frequently when he was growing up, and by the time he graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1963 he had lived in six different states. He attended the University of Alabama where he graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Throughout his college career he was a dedicated member of the prestigious Million Dollar Band where he was solo clarinet player, and the High Tides Dixieland Band, which traveled with the basketball team. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry Degree in 1971. Prior to settling in Muscle Shoals, he served six years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, four of them in Germany.
Dr. Ryerson started our practice in Muscle Shoals in 1977 and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. In addition to his extensive dental knowledge he is also trained in Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards (OSHA), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), trained in Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards (OSHA), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), CPR, IV Sedation, and Periodontics. He is involved in many community programs like Dentistry from the Heart (12 years), Give-a-Kid-a-Chance (11 years), Rotary Club (3 years), and Veteran’s Day Free Dentistry (2 year). He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Dr. Ryerson has 4 daughters: Amanda, Monica, Heather, and Isabella. He also has 4 grandchildren: Hannah Faith (12), Nate (11), Morgan (7), and Zoey (3). He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 26 years. During his free time, Dr. Ryerson enjoys working in the yard, spending time on the river, and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
One of his favorite quotes by John Ruskin is “The greatest reward for a person’s toil is not what you get for it, but what you become by it.” This serves as a lifetime inspiration and exemplifies the idea that we are forever learning and evolving.