Born in Scotland, Dr. Ferguson grew up in Ontario, Canada. Higher education gave him the opportunity to live in Utah, Kentucky, and California before settling in Richmond to be close to family.
Even while enjoying quality time with his wife, Cindi, and their eight young children, and having a thriving oral surgery practice, Dr. Ferguson is still able to find opportunities to volunteer at his church, play table tennis, and run. “But family is what it’s all about; every kid is unique,” he states emphatically. “I love vacationing together, playing together, and just hanging out together. At the end of the day, it’s what you’re left with.” When asked how he balances his busy professional life with his family life, he laughs, while admitting, “Some days I don’t!”
Dr. Ferguson has completed both a half triathlon and full marathon. “The marathon was a goal my wife and I were able to train for and achieve together. Something to check off our bucket list,” he adds with a smile.
Perhaps being able to accomplish all that he does in a given day can be explained by his statement, “I have a wonderful, supportive wife! I’m also good at routines, and I like sticking to a schedule. When I first considered running the marathon, I didn’t think I had the training time. But by committing to a training schedule, little by little, I did it! I also like to joke around and keep a good sense of humor about things,” he adds. “The surgery environment can be intense, but the work day is more pleasant for everyone when you can laugh a little.”
“I can’t say enough good about Dr. Ferguson. I have a terrible fear of dentists and he was terrific. He and all his staff provided excellent service to me. I have never felt this way about a dentist. You all are wonderful. Thank you!” – Thomasa C.
After completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology at Brigham Young University in 1998, Dr. Ferguson attended dental school at the University of Louisville, earning his DMD in 2003. His Oral Surgery residency was completed at The University of Southern California in 2007, and later that same year he joined COFS. Dr. Ferguson is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Ferguson is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Virginia and Southeastern Societies of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, both The American and Richmond Dental Societies, The Virginia Dental Association, as well as The Marsh Robinson Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Ferguson has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry where he participated in undergraduate and residency teaching programs. He volunteers his professional skills through The Richmond Dental Association’s Donated Dental Services. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Favorite food: chocolate and French food
Fun fact: served as a missionary in France for two years; proficient in French. “Vouloir, c’est pouvoir,” he affirms. (to want is to be able)
Clan Ferguson motto: Dulcius ex asperis (sweeter after difficulty)
If I weren’t an oral surgeon: “I would like to find a way to combine my interest in politics with my love of travel. Cindi and I especially like meeting fascinating people from all around the world. I like being exposed to new cultures and being reminded that there are many different ways to live.”
Favorite country visited: “France. Eventually I would like to visit every country in Europe!”
Favorite app: Find i-phone. With 8 kids and their devices, there is always one that is AWOL!
Apple or PC: “Apple devices, and now I’m a convert to Apple computers, having recently bought my first i-Mac”
His staff describes him: Easy to talk to, fun personality, very energetic. Approachable, listens sincerely, good at giving patients thorough information. Speed and accuracy. Conservative with his treatments, shows good judgement. Down to earth, highly motivated, always “on.”