Greenville, SC - Dr. Donald Ridgell of Greenville, S.C. was awarded the Private Practice Practitioner of the Year Award from the American College of Prosthodontics for the Southeastern Region. The award is to give recognition for Private Practitioners that are involved in community support, education and patient care. In total there was four Prosthodontists awarded from other areas of the United States.
Dr. Ridgell was the first dentist to limit his practice to Prosthodontics in the Upstate area in 1986. He has been practicing at 321 Mills Avenue since that time. A Greenville native, he attended JL Mann High school and Clemson University before completing his Doctorate in Dental Medicine at The Medical University of South Carolina. He then attended University of North Carolina Dental School Prosthodontics Residency. He now serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He has served on the Piedmont Dental Board and the SC Dental board. He is currently State board examiner for the SC Dental Association Prosthodontics Boards.
Dr. Ridgell was humbled to given this award and continues to say “It is no big deal.” Suzie Foley, Executive Director of the Greenville Free Medical Clinic explains “Dr. Ridgell has been a long time volunteer and board member. He helped solidify an agreement between the MUSC dental school, Bon Secours St Francis Hospital and the Greenville Free Medical clinic for senior dental students to do a clinical rotation, 4 at a time each week. “ This has allowed the clinic to expand services to include some restorative work and increased dental care from 2 days a week to 4 ½ days a week.
Dr. Ridgell has been heavily involved in the SC DAD program to give free dental care to South Carolina citizens during SC Dental Associations Dad Days. He has also taken a team to the Dominican Republic for over 10 years to do dental work at a mission hospital in San Jaun de Migueala, DR.