meet dr rich hardie

Meet Dr. Rich Hardie


Dr. Hardie has been in practice for 22 years and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  He grew up in Springfield, Missouri. In high school, he was student body president, co-captain of the football team, captain of the tennis team, and photography editor of the school paper. He attended Vanderbilt University where he was dorm president, and Southwest Missouri State University where he was his fraternity president. 

Dr. Hardie received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1990, where he was student council president. He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Craniofacial Biology and certificate in orthodontics in 1992 from the University of Southern California, where he also completed his orthodontic residency.

Dr. Hardie practiced in Santa Monica for a year before getting married and moving to San Diego. He had practices in Carmel Valley and Carlsbad before late 1996. Dr. Hardie has stayed on top of the latest advances in orthodontics by taking plenty of continuing education courses in all aspects of diagnostics and treatment methods.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Outside the Office

Dr. Hardie met his wife, Cynthia, in pre-school back in Missouri. They have two sons, William and Andrew. In his spare time, Dr. Hardie spends time with his family and enjoys the San Diego climate and sporting activities. He donates his time and services to the Boys and Girls Club, Escondido Christian School, several public schools, Calvin Christian School, and the California Center for the Arts.