Meet Dr. Ryan Hurley, DDS

For someone who likes to see people happy, there is not a better feeling than showing before pictures to a patient who just concluded with treatment and seeing a beaming and beautiful smile in return. Orthodontics is a fast changing field and I find it exciting to evaluate the newest treatment possibilities and systems and see how we can incorporate them into our practice to improve our patient experiences. We want our patients smiling, not just when the braces come off, but from the first time our patients come to the office to their last retention check.” – Dr. Hurley

Education and Experience

Dr. Hurley is a third generation dental practitioner, and enjoys being an orthodontist. After graduating from Elgin Academy, he attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Hurley was then accepted into the three year orthodontic residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences and his Certificate of Orthodontics.

During dental school, Dr. Hurley received numerous awards and honors including:

  • The American Institute of Orthodontic Research Award for exceptional interest in Orthodontic Research
  • The Dr. Gerson Gould Memorial Scholarship Award in honor of Academic Excellence
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Award for Outstanding Performance
  • The Delta Sigma Delta Supreme Chapter Award for Highest Academic Achievement
  • The Academy of Dental Materials Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • The Dr. William Stroner Scholarship and Award for Character and Excellence
  • The University of Illinois Research Scholar – Tuition Waiver
  • Induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, Sigma Chapter for Academic Achievement and Leadership

Dr. Hurley is a published researcher of dental materials with articles in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the Journal of Dentistry, the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, and the Journal of Restorative Dentistry.

Outside the Office

In September of 2009, Dr. Hurley climbed Mount Katahdin in Maine to become a member of an elite group to hike all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The extraordinary journey took him 158 days. To give his hike more meaning, Dr. Hurley initiated our “Miles for Smiles” campaign to give back to the community. This campaign provided 21 patients in need with complimentary orthodontic care, one for every hundred miles hiked.

When away from the office, Dr. Hurley spends his time with his wife, Dr. Tonya Volk, his daughters, Joslyn and Eyla, playing golf, and agonizing over Notre Dame Football.