Meet The Doctor

Heather Ridgway DDS MS

Dr. Ridgway enjoys helping her patients achieve a healthy foundation to support and retain their natural teeth. As a board-certified periodontist, she specializes in treating conditions that affect the bone and gum tissues surrounding teeth. She enjoys listening to her patients and creating customized treatment plans to meet their individual needs. She has been practicing periodontics in the Middle Tennessee area since 2008.

Dr. Ridgway grew up in the Denver, Colorado area and then attended and graduated from high school overseas. After moving back to the United States, she completed her undergraduate training in Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin and then attended dental school in San Antonio, Texas. She received her DDS degree and Master of Science in Periodontology at the University of Texas Health San Antonio Dental School, graduating summa cum laude. She also completed a one year AEGD (advanced education in general dentistry) program at the VA Hospital.

Dr. Ridgway enjoys traveling, walking, cooking and spending time with her husband, their three children and 2 spunky miniature schnauzers in her free time.

Education

2005
Certificate in Periodontics & Masters of Science in Periodontology Degree
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School
2002
Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
2001
Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree
Summa Cum Laude
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School (UTHSCSA)
1996
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry Degree
The University of Texas at Austin

Honors & Awards

2005
Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
2005
Baliant Orban Memorial Competition Finalist
American Academy of Periodontology Meeting Denver, Colorado
2001
American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
Award for Greatest Interest and Accomplishment in Radiology
Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry UTHSCSA
Award for Exemplary Achievement National Dental Boards part 2
Award for Scholarship in Basic Sciences UTHSCSA
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society – Mu Nu Chapter
Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics
Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry Senior Restorative Dentistry Award
Southwest Prosthodontic Society Award for Outstanding Senior Dental Student
Summa Cum Laude Graduate from UTHSCSA Dental School
Texas Dental Association Award for Outstanding Senior Dental Student
2000-2001
Senior Honors Program- UTHSCSA Dental School
1999
Award for Exemplary Achievement National Dental Boards part 1
1997-2001
Dean’s list at UTHSCSA Dental School

Professional Organizations 

American Academy of Periodontology
Southern Academy of Periodontology
Tennessee Society of Periodontists
American Dental Association
Tennessee Dental Association
Nashville Dental Society