Dr. David Lurye received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1985. Additionally, he studied at the University of Bergen School of Dentistry in Bergen, Norway.
Upon graduating, David was a lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service, Indian Health Service branch, where he served as a staff dental officer on the Navajo reservation. Subsequent duty stations included the Mountain Ute and Jicarilla Apache reservations where he worked in IHS hospitals.
David practiced his dentistry in Winter Park, Colorado for 23 years. During that time he served as Assistant Professor at University of Colorado School of Dentistry where he taught for seven years. He also served as a preceptor for dental students from Boston University during their rotations outside of school. He is a Past-President of the Colorado Dental Association, advocating for minimizing intrusion into the doctor/patient relation by third parties and insurance companies, and currently serves as the Colorado Dental Association's Speaker of the House. In 2012, David moved to Ridgway and joined Dr. Michael Thomas at Ridgway Family Dentistry. He served as dental director at Uncompahgre Combined Medical and Dental Clinic for three years and continues his advocacy efforts for patient rights, traveling regularly to Denver and Washington D.C. on behalf of the Colorado Dental Association and American Dental Association.
David and his wife Patricia are thrilled to be part of the Ridgway community and enjoy hiking, riding their tandem bicycle, riding motorcycles and spending time with their numerous dogs and cats.