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Meet Dr. Rita Hurst

Orthodontics is the greatest profession in the world. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I use my education and hands-on training to the best of my abilities to give patients the best results possible. I do whatever it takes to make my patients completely happy with their treatment and strive to achieve perfection!

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, University of South Florida - Tampa, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, University of South Florida - Tampa, 1996
  • Master of Science in Oral Biology, University of Louisville, 2001
  • Doctorate of Medical Dentistry, University of Louisville, 2001
  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida - Gainesville, 2006
  • Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Florida - Gainesville, 2006

Continuing education is the best way I can ensure my patients receive the most effective care. I keep up to date on the newest technologies, such as Invisalign®, Damon® Smile, and Insignia™, throughout the year. I am also a member of several professional associations, giving me the chance to share ideas with other dental and orthodontic professionals.

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • West Coast Dental Association
  • Florida Association of Orthodontists
  • Pinellas County Dental Association
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • Florida Dental Association

Honors and Awards

During my years in dental and orthodontic school, I was honored to receive numerous awards, including admission into the Phi Delta Honor Society, the Delphi Society, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. I was also awarded the Outstanding Leadership and Academic Excellence Award by the American Association of Women Dentists.

Outside the Office

I am a native of St. Petersburg, FL, and have lived in Seminole since 2006. My husband, Gabriel, and I have two children, George and Dominique. When I’m not in the office, I can be found spending time with my family and traveling.