ALS Association Awards Extensive International Research Grants

Voted the Best Dentist in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal, Dr. Richard Petrilli brings over 18 years of experience to his practice, Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, in Apopka, Florida. Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA, treats patients with care and compassion and Dr. Petrilli himself contributes to several good causes. One of these is the ALS Association in Washington, D.C. The ALS Association recently announced its disbursement of study grants totaling $4.3 million. The grants form part of the Association's Translational Research Advancing Therapy (TREAT) program, which focuses on several avenues of research. A total of 35 projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, and six other nations will benefit from the funding. Specific areas of research vary, from stem cell and genetic studies to animal models and clinical trials with human subjects. ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. It is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the professional baseball player who brought it to public attention. For more information about how to help the ALS Association with its mission, visit


At his private dental practice, Dr. Richard Petrilli aims to provide patients with high quality, individualized dental services. Because Dr. Petrilli believes that dental health is central to a happy, fulfilling life, he has created a welcoming office environment complete with scented candles, relaxing music, and neck rests patients can use during procedures. Dr. Petrilli opted for this approach to dentistry after working for a group practice immediately following dental school. In that setting, Dr. Richard Petrilli treated so many patients he felt unable to interact with them on a personal level or engage them in their dental treatment.Today, he and his staff work to ensure that his patients receive the treatment they want and need for their dental issues. Dr. Richard Petrilli’s office provides comprehensive adult dental care, including cosmetic procedures and denture work. Outside the office, Dr. Petrilli enrolls in continuing education courses to stay current on the latest materials and procedures in the field of dentistry. This diligence has earned him accolades: in 2010, he was voted Best Dentist of Apopka, Florida, and his colleagues selected him as one of Orlando’s Top Dentists.Even before beginning his career as a dentist, Dr. Richard Petrilli began accumulating honors. While studying anthropology as an undergraduate at Rollins College, he won Honors in a Major Field, an Outstanding Academic Achievement in Anthropology award, a Health Sciences Achievement Award, and an Archibald Granville Bush Award in the Science Division. When he enrolled in the University of Florida School of Dentistry, Dr. Petrilli was elected president of his school’s chapter of the dental fraternity Psi Omega.In addition to maintaining his private practice, Dr. Richard Petrilli also volunteers his services at Dentistry from the Heart’s free dentistry programs. A member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Dental Society of Orlando, Dr. Richard Petrilli supports the ALS Foundation and ASPCA. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, and working out.


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Work History

Work History
1995 - Present

Richard Petrilli, DMD, PA




University of Florida School of Dentistry