Dr. J.D. Ryan
Dr. Ryan has been in private practice for 43 years and established four Smile Makers Dental offices during this time, starting with 779 Harrisburg Pike. He mentored over 45 dentists during those years while studying extensively all phases of general dentistry and has reached the second highest level of “Fellow” in the exclusive Academy of General Dentistry. He is in pursuit of the highest attainable status of “Master” in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ryan’s practice is limited to braces on adults and children, TMJ as well as Botox, Derma fillers and facial esthetics on adults at the 779 Harrisburg Pike location. Dr. Ryan has always emphasized the importance of pain free dental services in a comfortable office with special emphasis on highest standards of care. Smile Makers is a modern dental practice dedicated to all your dental needs especially the nervous patients. Remember our motto that we originated in 1974!
"We Cater to Cowards!"
Meet our Staff
All our professionals at Smile Makers West Dental Group maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to keep up with the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Travis K. Ryan
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Travis Ryan earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University (1993). Dr. Travis is passionate about providing the highest quality dental care in a warm, comfortable environment. His scope of practice includes all aspects of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, crowns, implants, dentures, and partials. In addition to continually updating our already modern dental practice with the latest in dental technology, Dr. Travis strives to maintain a high level of expertise through regular participation in continuing education courses and seminars. In his spare time, Dr. Travis enjoys swimming, cycling, running and competing in multi-sport events.
Dr. Yuri Pushkin
Doctor of Dental Surgery
I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1995. I moved from Moscow, Russia to Columbus in 1989 after completing my undergraduate studies in computer science in 1985 and my dental and medical education in 1989. I joined Dr. J.D. Ryan and Dr. Travis Ryan at the Smile Makers in 2008. I pursue the best in continuous dental education improvement classes all over the country. Me, my wife, and my children love living in Columbus.
Colleen R. Avery
Registered Hygienist, Company Manager
I am a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in finance and a minor in business management. After graduation in 1993, I began working full time at Smile Makers as the office manager. To further my dental education I went to Sinclair Community College and graduated with a degree in dental hygiene. I am able to help you with all of your oral hygiene needs as well as assist with insurance question, billing needs, appointments, and anything else you many need. I look forward to welcoming you and your family into our wonderful practice.
Dental Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant
I have been with Smile Makers for nine years now. You will see me assisting in general dentistry and my favorite, orthodontics. I understand that dentistry can be unsettling thought for some patients, however, I push to make every patient feel catered too and I address their concerns at the time of the appointment. I am delighted to be a member of the Smile Makers team.
Office Manager/Treatment Plan Coordinator/IT Tech
I am extremely excited to be a part of an organization that provides outstanding care and compassion for our patients on a daily basis. I have worked in the dental field since 2003 and have found it to be a rewarding and fulfilling career.My job as office manager is to ensure that our office provides top-quality dental care and customer service to you, our patient. It is exciting to come to work and hear our patients rave about their dental experience and to know that I played a role in that experience. We are, as a team, all committed to providing compassionate care while utilizing the most advanced technology to create new smiles. I believe when we work from our heart we build lasting relationships with our patients, and this is something based on mutual trust and respect.
Degree in Health Information Management
You can call me Annie! I have been with Smile Makers going on fifteen years. I have been in dentistry for many years and assisted with a wide variety of procedures. The staff and doctors of Smilemakers ensure a rewarding and comfortable experience. You will be as impressed as I was with our courteous doctors and staff. I look forward to meeting new patients, as well as, working with the existing.
I was happy to join Doctors and staff and the Smile Makers Dental team in 2009. I coordinate our patients’ services, which means greeting patients with a warm and welcoming smile, coordinating the schedule, and various other administrative duties. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know about them and their families. I welcome you to our practice and look forward to meeting you soon.
Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
I have been in the dental field for eight years. I have worked with Smile Makers for 2 ½ years and love the upbeat pace of our office. I graduated from C-TEC in 2007 for dental assisting, then graduated in 2011 from EGCC with my EFDA certificate. I have attended many continuing education classes to keep up with certifications and licenses. In my free time I love to ride my horses and spend time with family and friends.