Dr. Alyssa Ricci was born and raised in south Florida in a fun-loving Cuban family, but she always held on to her childhood dream of one day living in North Carolina. Dr. Ricci, her husband Jonathan, and their horse Promise are so excited to finally call North Carolina home!
Since she was a middle schooler, Dr. Ricci had her heart set on becoming an Orthodontist because of the joy and confidence a transformed smile gave her. She strives to instill that same joy and confidence in her patients today. Nothing makes her happier than creating beautiful smiles, both literally and figuratively. Dr. Ricci says, “Orthodontics doesn’t just feel like a job, it feels like my calling. I am blessed to be in this profession that I love so much!”
Dr. Ricci graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated at the top of her class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, which recognizes both scholarship and character. She was elated when she was chosen to stay in Virginia as an Orthodontic resident at VCU/MCV. She feels blessed to now be a part of the Gladwell Orthodontics family, serving the Raleigh, NC community.
When not in the office, you can find Dr. Ricci at the barn riding Promise, her off-the-track thoroughbred, or competing in local hunter/jumper shows. You may also run into her at one of Raleigh’s many delicious restaurants with her husband—they are total foodies! Make sure to stop by and say hi because Dr. Ricci loves to talk (though you may need to tell her to slow down when her Latin side comes out)!