About Us:

Welcome to Hardie Orthodontics, one of the Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Ramona, CA regions’ most respected orthodontic practices. Located in the North San Diego County, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Rich Hardie and Dr. Dan Hardy utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as Clarity™ ceramic braces, Empower® self-ligating braces, and Invisalign®, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you're an adult, adolescent or child, Dr. Hardie, Dr. Hardy and our staff are committed to helping you achieve the healthy beautiful smile you deserve! Contact one of our convenient locations in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo or Ramona to schedule an appointment today!

Meet Our Doctors

Meet Dr. Rich Hardie

I am living the dream! I have the best job in the world, I live in beautiful north San Diego county, I have a terrific group of patients and an amazing office staff! I look forward to coming to work every day.
My two greatest gifts are my ability to get along well with people and my common-sense approach to problem solving which works perfectly in the world of orthodontics. I have practiced orthodontics for over 25 years and have thoroughly enjoyed every year.


I grew up in Springfield, Missouri and enjoyed being my high school’s student body president and co-captain of our state champion football team. After attending Vanderbilt University and Missouri State University where I was my fraternity president, I went south to Dallas and graduated with honors from Baylor College of Dentistry where I was student body president. I then moved west to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious and nationally ranked University of Southern California’s orthodontic program where I received my certificate in orthodontics and a Master’s degree in Craniofacial Biology.

Professional Memberships

San Diego Academy of Orthodontics
San Diego Young Orthodontists Study Club
San Diego Academy of Orthodontists, past president
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
San Diego Dental Society
American Association of Orthodontists
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
California Association of Orthodontists
San Diego Academy of Orthodontists
American Board of Orthodontics

Professional Life

After graduating from USC, I practiced in an exclusive all-child orthodontic practice in Santa Monica. I got married and decided that living in San Diego was a better place to live and raise a family. I had practices in Carlsbad and Carmel Valley before joining our current Inland North County practice in 1996. I am proud that I am one of the very few Lifetime Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics in the area. I love to go to as many continuing education courses as I can, so I can stay on top of this rapidly changing field and provide my patients with the best possible treatment.

Beyond The Office

My wife, Cynthia, and I live near Lake Hodges. We have two sons. William is studying Biology at Arizona State University while Andrew is studying finance at the University of San Diego. We have two West Highland White Terriers named Dolly and Callie. My outside interests include USC football, Padre Baseball, local high school sports, cooking, entertaining friends, traveling and riding my BMW touring motorcycle.

Fun Facts

I met my wife in pre-school and I played Pop Warner football with Brad Pitt (I was the second cutest kid on the team). My sister is an attorney back in Missouri and is married to an orthodontist. Our dogs’ grandmother is the dog on the Cesar dog food label.

Our Team

I am proud of our fun-loving, talented, experienced and well-trained staff. Two of our assistants have worked in this office for over 39 years in a row! Our office reputation is demonstrated by the numerous local dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and endodontists who have chosen our office for their own family’s orthodontic treatment.

Meet Dr. Dan Hardy

I love being an orthodontist! There is nothing more rewarding than creating beautiful, natural smiles for my patients. I first realized that orthodontics was my calling in life during college, when I spent time assisting in an orthodontic office. At the time, I was working in a facility for at-risk youth and taking a full load of science courses. I wanted a career in the medical field where I could be both a scientist and help adolescent patients. Orthodontics was the perfect fit! I love boosting the self confidence of my patients as we give them beautiful smiles. Life can be tough, especially as an adolescent, and getting a new smile can make all the difference in the world.


My dental training started at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dental School. I served as student body president of my school and graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, receiving several student awards, including the American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Award and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Student Award. I was also inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Following my dental training, I was fortunate to be selected as an orthodontic resident at UCSF, where I completed 3 additional years of orthodontic training and was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. Following graduation, I was honored to become certified by the American Board of Orthodontists, after I passed a rigorous clinical examination of orthodontic treatments I had completed.

Professional Memberships

American Board of Orthodontics
American Association of Orthodontists
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
San Diego Academy of Orthodontists
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
San Diego Dental Society

Beyond The Office

When I am not caring for our wonderful patients, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife, Jess, and I met in college and have two adorable monsters named Alice and Will. As a family we enjoy hiking, running, visiting National Parks, and many other outdoor activities. We also love reading in our family and usually have a very large stack of library books somewhere in the house. Our family is passionate about kindness, diversity, art, science, inclusion, environmental sustainability, and education. We believe in striving to leave every place, relationship, or situation better than it was initially.

Our Team

We are fortunate at Hardie Orthodontics to have an amazing team to help make orthodontic treatment as easy and fun as possible. This starts with our outstanding front office team members that go out of their way to help with scheduling appointments, understanding insurance and financial issues, and keeping everyone smiling. Our chairside team is composed of licensed dental assistants that keep our patients comfortable and full of laughter during their visits. We also have our own incredible lab technician that designs and creates many of the orthodontic devices we use for our patients.

Meet Our Staff

Suzanne (Super Power Wish -- Winning the Powerball)
Treatment & Marketing Coordinator -- 1 year with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Connecting with patients and being a part of enhancing their smiles. I also get the opportunity to bring our brand to life on-line!
Amazing Accomplishment -- Learning how to drive a race car.
Fun Fact-- My eyes change colors...sometimes they are blue..sometimes they are green!

Robin (Super Power Wish -- The ability to be labeled as the "Worlds Strongest Women"
RDA -- 40 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Knowing that I have helped create some of the most beautiful smiles in the city!
Amazing Accomplishment -- I LOVE to run half marathons! Call me crazy!
Fun Fact -- I married my high school sweetheart!

Lisa (Super Power Wish -- To be able to fly like a bird)
Treatment Coordinator -- 16 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job --Creating life changing smiles.
Amazing Accomplishment -- Finished my Master's Degree in nutrition.
Fun Fact-- I rescue pitt bulls and love motorcycles.

Carmen (Super Power Wish -- To make dreams come true!l)
RDA -- 17 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Getting to know our patients & creating beautiful smiles!
Amazing Accomplishment -- Riding race horses and becoming a jockey.
Fun Fact-- I graduated high school in Athen Greece!

Teresa (Super Power Wish -- To Win the Lotteryl)
Treatment & Marketing Coordinator -- 20 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- I enjoy getting to know all the amazing families in our practice.
Fun Fact -- I love going to concerts, especially if it's country music.

Valerie (Super Power Wish -- I'd like to fly, but I'm afraid of heights...so, I think having super power speed like the flash would be pretty cool!)
Lab Technician -- 28 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Being able to do what I love for a living, along side my awesome work family, helping create amazing smiles!
Amazing Accomplishment -- ...everyday , waking up, healthy, happy and grateful. to be living in beautiful San Diego!
Fun Fact-- Smiles are contagious! It's the simple things in life that are most often the most important.

Jill (Super Power Wish -- To heal the sick especially, children)
Office Coordinator -- 22 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Seeing the wonderful transformation of crooked to straight teeth)
Amazing Accomplishment -- After high school I started working for Mission Federal Credit Union. I was promoted to the Poway branch manager just five years later!
Fun Fact -- I enjoy gardening and watching my grandkids on Friday's.

Natalia (Super Power Wish -- The power to heal)
RDA -- 6 months with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- I love getting to hear how everyone's week is going - all the stories, jokes and laughs. I also love helping and taking the time to make them feel comfortable.
Amazing Accomplishment -- 2017 "Oasis Award Winner" (for outstanding adult student, instructor staff) Grossmont adult education.
Fun Fact -- I have 16 nephews and nieces and more more on the way!

Maggie (Super Power Wish --To be able to speak multiple languages)
RDA -- 40 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- I love seeing the transformation each patient goes through, it is extremely rewarding!
Amazing Accomplishment -- Working at the same office for 40 years...and 44 years in the industry!..Can you tell..."I Love It"
Fun Fact -- I'm a prankster!

Cindy (Super Power Wish -- To cure cancer)
Treatment & Marketing Coordinator -- 16.5 years with Hardie Orthodontics.
Favorite Thing About My Job -- Hardie Orthodontics is like my second family - lots of sisters I never had! I like meeting new patines/families and especially young patients who grow into great young adults with beautiful smiles.
Amazing Accomplishment -- I was on the swim team as a kid...and won several "Blue Ribbons"
Fun Fact-- I love mixing plain chocolate m & m's with popcorn!