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Our Practice

Aspire Surgical features a unique combination of expertise in traditional oral and maxillofacial surgery with advanced techniques in facial cosmetic surgery and enhancements. Our doctor’s qualifications include broad training and vast experience in these areas. The center is a state of the art facility, equipped with some of the latest technologies and modern equipment.

With a driving passion for improving other’s lives through oral and cosmetic facial surgery, our doctors at Aspire Surgical are affiliated with eight hospitals in the Salt Lake and Park City areas and respond to trauma calls, giving them extensive experience in skeletal reconstruction of the face. Their practice includes a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with their expertise ranging from dental implant and corrective jaw surgery to cosmetic facial surgery and enhancements. This includes rhinoplasty, otoplasty, facelift, soft tissue rejuvenation, smart lipo for the face and neck and more.

Our Doctors

Joseph Fullmer, DMD

AJ Stosich, DDS, MD

Michelle Maak, DMD

Richard Shamo, DDS, MD

Mark Ryser, DMD, MD

David Lifferth, DMD

Parker Shiffler, DDS, MD

josephDr. Fullmer is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is dedicated to providing the best surgical practices for his patients. He achieves this goal by constantly continuing his education, receiving additional training, and practicing evidence-based dentistry and medicine. Dr. Fullmer was born and raised in the greater Salt Lake area. He attended the University of Utah, and earned a bachelor’s degree in medical biology. Afterward, he attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. While in dental school, Dr. Fullmer’s exposure to oral surgery led him to pursue post-graduate specialty training. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the Cook County and Northwestern Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois.

During his residency, Dr. Fullmer gained specialty training in wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, IV anesthesia, dental implants, surgical treatment of oral pathology, maxillofacial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial reconstruction, and surgical treatment of TMJ disorders. Dr. Fullmer also has a special interest and training in arthroscopic TMJ surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Fullmer enjoys being with his family, hiking, golfing, camping, skiing, and snowboarding.

Professional Certifications

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Alta View: Sandy, UT
  • Heber Valley Hospital
  • Intermountain Medical Center: Murray, UT
  • Lone Peak Hospital
  • St. Mark’s: Murray, UT
  • Mountain Point Medical Center: Lehi, UT
  • Park City Hospital
  • Riverton Hospital: Division Chief


  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Utah Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Dr. Mark Ryser grew up in the Salt Lake area and is a second-generation oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies, followed by dental training at the University of Louisville, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2001. Dr. Ryser completed medical school in conjunction with postgraduate training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. After receiving his Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.), he completed an internship in general surgery at Charity Hospital. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University, one of the top programs in the country, in 2007.

Dr. Ryser has completed the requirements for board certification and is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is currently the delegate to AAOMS for the state of Utah and sits on the board for the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr Ryser’s residency provided extensive training and exposure to all facets of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dental implants, dentoalveolar, orthognathic and temporomandibular joint surgery, bone grafting, oral pathology, and facial cosmetic surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Ryser has received multiple awards at both national and international meetings for his research and publications in the fields of dental implants and craniofacial biology. He practices the entire scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with particular interests in dental implants. This includes: recombinant bone morphogenetic protein grafting, complex CT scan implant surgery planning and peri-implant soft tissue augmentation. Other areas of special interest include orthognathic surgery as well as facial and peri-oral cosmetic surgery.

Advanced Training

  • Postgraduate Training, Louisiana State University
  • Surgical Internship in General Surgery, Charity Hospital
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, Louisiana State University

josephDr. Stosich is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He first received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Idaho State University. From there, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Medicine, where he completed his MD and a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. During this time, Dr. Stosich also served as Chief Resident in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, in addition to completing a general surgery internship. During a one-year rotation in anesthesia, he was trained in anesthesia management in the operating room, as well as deep sedation. Dr. Stosich uses this training and experience to ensure that your surgery is as comfortable as possible. In addition to excelling at his education, Dr. Stosich has received many awards and scholarships throughout his schooling and career in oral surgery. Currently, Dr. Stosich is the Division Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Riverton Hospital. Because of his driving passion for improving others’ lives through oral surgery, Dr. Stosich is affiliated with six hospitals in the Salt Lake area, responding to trauma calls and gaining extensive experience in skeletal reconstruction of the face. His practice includes a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with specific expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom teeth removal, to corrective jaw surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. This expertise also includes techniques for bone grafts; sinus lifts; soft tissue rejuvenation; smart liposuction for the face and neck; lifts for the brow, eyes, chin, neck, and face; and rhinoplasty.

Dr. AJ Stosich is artistically talented, a characteristic that compliments his skills as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His genuine compassion and empathy for others provides opportunities for open, frank, and respectful discussion with his patients. This atmosphere allows his patients to place their full trust in his knowledge, skill, and background. With his “Live Life to the Fullest!” attitude, Dr. Stosich listens to his patients’ concerns and advises them on how they can enhance the quality of their life.

Dr. Stosich’s training, expertise, and love for people make him exceptional in treating patients who need oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is the ideal maxillofacial surgeon for patients who desire the modern techniques and benefits of corrective jaw surgery, facial cosmetic procedures, and soft tissue rejuvenation.

When he is not working, Dr. Stosich enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, playing basketball, and golfing.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Intermountain Medical Center: Murray, UT
  • LDS: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Alta View: Sandy, UT
  • Mark’s: Murray, UT
  • Primary Children’s: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Riverton Hospital: Division Chief
  • Lone Peak Hospital


  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Research and Education Advance Patient Care
  • Utah State Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Utah State Medical Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Utah Dental Association


michelleDr. Michelle Kennedy Maak’s practice is focused on oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), with specific surgical expertise in complex tooth extraction, including wisdom teeth and cosmetic facial interventions. Dr. Maak is a Utah native, and she obtained her undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Montana. She continued her dental school training at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Her specialty training in oral and maxillofacial surgery took place at Brookdale University Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center in New York, where she stayed as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the OMFS residency program. She also served as a Surgical Attending for 3 years at the Brookdale University Level 1 trauma center. Although Dr. Maak enjoyed her teaching position and the complexity of the oral surgeries she performed in New York, she ultimately desired to pursue her interest in cosmetic and facial surgery, and return to her home state of Utah. For this reason, she returned to Utah to obtain

fellowship specialty training at the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery. She continues to remain interested in education and in advancing her knowledge to improve the care of her patients. To this end, she has published academically in the prestigious Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Maak’s diverse experience and training have provided her with a unique ability to deliver specialty care in a variety of oral and facial treatments, including complex tooth extractions, wisdom teeth, cosmetic deformities, and facial cosmetics such as Botox and Restalin, among others. She is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Additionally, she currently serves as a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Maak is proud to join Aspire Surgical. She is extremely happy to back home in Utah. She loves fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Richard Shamo, DDS, MD

rickRick grew up near Las Vegas in Boulder City, Nevada in the middle of 2 brothers and 3 sisters. After completing high school and his first year of College, he served an LDS mission in Panama City, Panama.

While attending BYU in Provo, he met his wife, Janae, while they both worked as chemistry teaching assistants. They have been married for 14 years and have 4 beautiful children. After graduating from BYU, he moved to Los Angeles for dental school at UCLA while Janae taught high school chemistry. They then moved to Connecticut for a combined MD/OMS certificate program at the University of Connecticut.

In his free time, Rick enjoys camping, watersports, mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing golf.

David Lifferth, DMD

David grew up in Centerville, UT, just north of Salt Lake City, where he enjoyed all of the outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. After graduating from the University of Utah with his bachelor’s degree, David and his wife, Malorie, moved to Arizona to attend the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. It was here that his interest in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was solidified which lead him to continue his education at the University of Tennessee in Memphis for his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency.

Parker Shiffler, DDS, MD

Dr. Parker Shiffler grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR) where a local Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon inspired him to follow the same career path. Dr. Shiffler went on to receive an academic scholarship and graduate with Honors from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology. Dr. Shiffler was then accepted into the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry, where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Following his dental education, Dr. Shiffler completed 6 years of specialized training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as achieving his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, at Loma Linda University in Southern California.

Wade Peers, DDS

An undergraduate at Brigham Young University, Dr. Peers went on to graduate with honors from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Peers’ certification by The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery required a 4-year surgical residency program which Dr. Peers completed at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he was trained in the the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Peers is licensed to practice in Utah and Wyoming, and has a Class IV Anesthesia Permit. He is certified in basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Peers continues to further his professional knowledge and skills through on-going education programs.

Dr. Peers lives in Park City, Utah, with his wife, Lesa, and their four children. His hobbies include flying, fishing, camping, skiing and four-wheeling.