Meet Dr. Morales
A Brief Introduction and Long History of Education
Richard D. Morales, DMD, is a Coral Gables dentist who has a true passion and love for learning. He grew up in Miami, and is the product of Jesuit education, having graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. He then attended the University of Miami where he received his Bachelor’s in Science majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 1995, and then went on to complete a one-year General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Dr. Morales averages about 200 hours annually with specialized training at the renowned, innovative Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Training. He has been a part of the Seattle Study Club for the last 25 years.
More Than Just Your Coral Gables Dentist
Did you know that Dr. Morales knows what it means to be born and raised in South Florida? He grew up here too and still maintains close ties within our community. Dr. Morales is a part of the Knights of Columbus organization, as well as being active in the local church and sports programs. He also volunteers his time with the Mindo Futures organization — empowering the youth and people of Mindo, Ecuador through education, health, and disaster relief programs. He and his wife Cecilia and their four children live, work, and play in and around Coral Gables. Their favorite place to eat is the mom-and-pop Fratellino’s Italian restaurant for excellent food and service.
Professional Associations and Accolades
Beyond being a mentor in his field, Dr. Morales is also a Fellow with the acclaimed Academy of General Dentistry. To earn Fellowship status, a dentist must:
- Maintain current AGD membership for three continuous years by Dec. 31 of the year in which the application is received, to begin no earlier than the month of dental school graduation
- Have a dental license that has not been suspended or revoked within the past five years and is not currently under probation, suspension, or revocation
- Pass the AGD Fellowship Exam
- Complete 500 hours of approved continuing education
- Attend the AGD Convocation Ceremony, held during the AGD Scientific Session
He’s also been recognized locally within the South Florida area as one of our region’s “Top Docs.”