Dr. Jeff Ranta, a native of Colorado Springs, graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in Biochemistry from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He then continued studying locally at U.C.C.S., toward a master's degree in Science. Dr. Ranta then went on to receive his D.M.D. degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2001, Dr. "Jeff" joined his father's practice, Widefield Dental Group, which is now Mesa Ridge Dental, here in Fountain, Colorado.
While in college and graduate school, Dr. Ranta pursued his love for teaching by tutoring math and sciences to students with various learning disabilities. He also tutored grade school students in reading and math as well as being an active member of the Portland community, participating in programs for tutoring and building self-esteem in children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Also during college, Dr. Ranta pursued his passion for ski racing and qualified for the junior national team his freshman year. Dr. Ranta is proud to say he has not missed a season since he learned to ski at the age of two! Dr. Ranta also enjoys many of the other outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.
During the summer of his freshman year in dental school, Dr. Ranta worked at Medicity in Turku, Finland doing cancer research for the University of Turku Dental School. He was one of the first people to isolate and identify DNA from the H.P.V. virus from human oral cancer biopsy specimens. This research helped to eventually find the link between H.P.V. virus and oral cancer.
Since practicing dentistry in Colorado, Dr. Ranta has been an active member of the Colorado Springs Dental Society. He served as President of the Dental Society during the 2014-2015 session. He then served as Immediate Past President, and continues to sit on the Board of Directors serving the dental community. He has also served as a delegate at the Colorado Dental Association annual meetings.
Dr. Jeff Ranta enjoys all areas of dentistry and has continued his post-graduate education in all areas of dentistry in the form of many hours of continuing education. During 2011-2012 he completed an intensive year-long maxi-course in Implant Dentistry, accredited by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). After taking the 300 hour course of hands-on and classroom education in both the surgical and restorative stages of implant dentistry, he successfully passed the written part of the Associate Fellow board examination making him an academic associate fellow of the AAID.