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Our Story

At CCD we understand that many people have deep-rooted fears and anxiety related to going to the dentist. Virtually half of the population does not seek regular dental care due mainly to anxiety and the fear of pain associated with dental treatment.

At CHICO CREEK DENTAL, our mission is to provide state-of-the-art dental services in a safe, relaxing, and anxiety free manner. We accomplish this via the use of intravenous medications and other forms of sedation. We have been providing intravenous (IV) sedation to our patients for well over 30 years in Chico. IV sedation is not reserved for only the fearful. It is very effective for patients with severe gag reflex, difficulty in getting numb, and those patients that would like to have the maximum amount of work done in the minimum amount of time!

Meet the Staff of

Chico Creek Dental

Dr Ryan


Dr. Robert N. Ryan

Dr. Ryan is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He completed a residency program in Hospital Dentistry at the University of California at San Francisco and was a member of the faculty in the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry for nine years. As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral Medicine and Oral Biology, he was the Director of the General Practice Residency Program at UCSF. Dr. Ryan is a former instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and has been certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Dr. Ryan has completed training programs in Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Las Vegas. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and is the chairman of the Hospital and Geriatrics Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Dental Society. His outside interests include motor sports (particularly drag racing), skiing and scuba diving. Also, he is an instrument rated private pilot.



Susie is the Clinical Care Coordinator. She has more than 20 years of experience in the dental field in both dental administration and clinical assisting. She is responsible for addressing our patient’s concerns about their treatment from their initial visit through completion. If you have any questions regarding your treatment or financial concerns, please do not hesitate to contact her.

“I am proud to call Chico my hometown. Both my husband (Jim) and I had the privilege to grow up in this wonderful community and are fortunate enough to pass it on to our daughter, Macy. Our lives outside of work are spent supporting our daughter’s passion for horses. We spend much of our time at the stable or watching her participate in shows”.



Christine has been in dentistry for 26 years. She began her career in a practice in Redding and also worked at an orthodontic office there, as well.

“My husband (Preston) and I moved to Chico in 1988. It was then that I went to work at Chico Creek Dental. I have two boys (Wyatt and Hayden). There are many height marks on Dr. Ryan’s office door (through the years he has measured our kids growth on his office door).”

“I feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Ryan for a boss, teacher and friend. He has taught me everything that I know about dentistry. I enjoy helping Dr. Ryan and other dentists in the Chico area while they perform treatment on patients in the hospital operating room.”

“I keep very busy trying to balance a husband, two boys, a small business (Lipsense), working at Chico Creek Dental and hospital dentistry.”

I enjoy spending time with my family at our cabin at Mill Creek-fishing, hiking and exploring. I enjoy doing many things in life but have a strong passion for cooking.”

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