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Dr. Richard R. Gallagher
Specialist in Orthodontics
Richard R. Gallagher, DDS, MSD, MSE, PhD, Inc. offers quality comprehensive orthodontic services to address various types of malocclusions and alignment issues. As every patient’s needs are different, we develop customized treatment plans to help them smile confidently.

Our History

Step into the heartwarming story of our practice, where every smile tells a tale of transformation. It all started in 2000 when Dr. Gallagher opened our doors in the vibrant community of Gilroy. Fueled by a passion for personalized care and a dedication to creating a family-oriented atmosphere, our practice blossomed.

Fast forward to 2005, and we expanded our horizons to Hollister, opening a second office there and weaving our roots even deeper into the fabric of our beloved community. What began as a solo endeavor with Dr. Gallagher has since evolved into a tight-knit team of professionals, united by a shared vision of delivering exceptional orthodontic care.

Our Philosophy

What Sets Us Apart

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Patients First

Central to our philosophy is the unwavering commitment to putting our patients' needs first, fostering an environment of comfort and support at every turn. Our remarkable staff members, with their extensive tenure, embody this dedication to building enduring connections with each individual who walks through our doors.

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Prioritize your Comfort

With a gentle and nurturing approach to treatment, we prioritize your comfort above all else, ensuring that every step of your journey feels like a warm embrace.

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Trust and Rapport

Trust and rapport are the cornerstones of our practice, guiding us as we accompany you on your smile transformation. Whether it's your first visit or a follow-up appointment, we'll be there, ready to celebrate your progress and pave the way for a lifetime of radiant smiles.
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Creating Relationships

At Dr. Richard Gallagher Orthodontics, it's not merely about straightening teeth; it's about weaving a tapestry of relationships and laying the groundwork for a future filled with confidence and joy.

Meet Dr. Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher's journey to becoming a leading orthodontist is as diverse as it is impressive. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University before transitioning to the field of dentistry. At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Gallagher obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Sciences and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1994. Furthering his education, he completed his Master of Science degree and specialized in Orthodontics at the University of the Pacific in 1999. Not one to rest on his laurels, Dr. Gallagher achieved the pinnacle of academic excellence with a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004.

Our Professionals

Meet Our Team


Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Born and raised in Hollister, California, Desiree has been a licensed RDA since 2014. She and her husband, Steve, have three wonderful kids – David...


Schedule Coordinator
Born in New York and a native of New Hampshire, Kristen and her husband of 36 years moved to Gilroy in 2010 with their two daughters to be closer t...


Treatment + Insurance Coordinator
Born in Durango, Mexico, Silvia moved to Watsonville, California in 1973 at the age of four. She currently lives in Hollister with her husband of 3...


Dental Assistant
Tracy was born in San Jose and raised in Gilroy where she has lived for 29 years. She has been a dental assistant since 2015 and has experience in ...
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Take a Tour of Our Office

Step into our inviting offices, where warmth and comfort await at every turn. Nestled in the heart of Gilroy and Hollister, our spaces are more than just places of orthodontic care—they're vibrant hubs of community and connection. From the moment you step through our doors, you'll be greeted by a welcoming atmosphere that feels like home. Our Gilroy and Hollister offices are thoughtfully designed with your comfort in mind, featuring modern amenities and charming touches that reflect our commitment to creating a relaxing environment for our patients.

Take the first step
towards achieving the smile of your dreams.

Get in touch and schedule your complimentary orthodontic exam today.