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Dr. Morales maintains close ties to the community, and is active in youth sports programs and in his church

University Dental Group was established in 1997 by Dr. Richard Morales, a Miami native and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. As the practice grew, he relocated to South Miami and in 2009 back to the City Beautiful and to the current state-of-the art facility. Dr. Rebeca Garcia joined the practice in 2009 and Dr. Lauren Triana in 2014.

Richard D. Morales, DMD, is a product of Jesuit education, having graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami. 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 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.

In practice now for nearly 20 years, he has been in his current location for almost four years after spending seven years in South Miami and five years on Miracle Mile. Since graduating from his GPR program, Dr. Morales has kept up to date on the latest procedures and studies by immersing himself in continuing education courses, averaging over 150 hours yearly, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care.

Born and raised in South Florida, Dr. Morales maintains close ties to the community, and is active in youth sports programs and in his church. He and his wife Cecilia and their four young children live, work and play in and around Coral Gables.


Rebeca M. Garcia, DMD joined the team at University Dental Group in October 2009. Prior to working with us, she was the sole dentist working out of the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, where she practiced comprehensive dental care using the techniques taught at the world-renowned advanced-learning facility.

Born and raised in Miami, Dr. Garcia received her undergraduate education at the University of Miami. She then attended Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2004. Since completing a residency at the Veterans Administration and Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2005, she has been in private practice.

Dr. Garcia prides herself on providing gentle and comprehensive dentistry to all her patients, making her a perfect fit for our team.


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