Meet Dr. Rita Hurst


  • Bachelor of Science in biology – University of South Florida-Tampa, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts 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
  • Ph.D. 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, which gives 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


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.


I am a native of St. Petersburg, 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.