SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ryan Halbower, DMD, has a simple philosophy when it comes to dentistry: He isn't happy unless all of his patients are smiling. The Whitehall, MI native is the new lead dentist and owner of the Aspen Dental practice at 6714 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage. "My focus has always been on patient satisfaction and personal care. I don't feel I'm successful unless each and every one of my patients is happy with their experience," said Dr. Halbower. "That's always been my philosophy and it's the philosophy I instill in all members of my team." "We're all committed to helping patients get the care they need. We want to make people healthy and change their mind about dentistry if they've had any negative experiences," he said. Dr. Halbower has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. He earned his DMD degree in 2005 from Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. A father of two, Dr. Halbower is excited about offering Aspen Dental's expanded services to people in the Portage area. The practice provides dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. In addition to offering patients the choice of eight styles of Aspen Dental's exclusive ComfiDents® brand full and partial dentures, Aspen Dental provides comprehensive exams, hygiene services, treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, extractions, fillings, oral surgery, root canals, whitening, and crown and bridge work. The office features digital radiography and offers advanced screening for oral cancer. Dr. Halbower and his team welcome walk-in and emergency patients.