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Thorndale Dental Associates
Richard E. DeForno DMD, MAGD, FICOI, LLSR

Meet the Doctor




 Dr. Richard E. DeForno

Dr. DeForno grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Kiski Area Senior High School with high honors. He was a three time letterman, competing in football, wrestling, and track and field. In 1976 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He moved to Thorndale later that same year and began practicing with a classmate in Coatesville. In 1984 he opened Thorndale Dental Associates and Thorndale Dental Arts, where he is still practicing today.

Dr. DeForno is committed to excellence in dentistry. He spends approximately 150 hours continuing his education on a yearly basis. He had the privilege to serve as the President of the Delaware Valley LD Pankey Study Club, which he is also a member. He is a member of the American Dental Association, The Pennsylvania Dental Association, the A.V. Purinton Academy; of which he is also a member of the Board, he is a member and mentor of the LD Pankey Institute, The Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry; which he is Director of the Board, and a member of the Chester-Delaware Dental Society.  Dr. DeForno recently received his Fellowship with The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

In July 2002, he was the recipient of the most prestigious award, Mastership, in the Academy of General Dentistry. In attaining his Mastership, Dr. DeForno met the highest criteria for professional excellence by taking 1,100 hours of continuing education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours dedicated to “hands-on” skills and techniques. Since 1952, only 1800 dentists have received Mastership honors worldwide.

Dr. DeForno resides in Birchrunville, Pa with his wife and business partner Stephanie DeForno. They spend a lot of time with their three Nokota Horse's as well as with the many animals they own on "Beaver Hill Ranch".    His Daughter Liz is a stylist and active within the fashion/beauty industry.  His youngest son Ross is currently enrolled in a Photography and Film Major.  His oldest son Rich, lives in California and is a professional animator. His son Patrick graduated from the Kornberg School of Dentistry-Temple University and currently practices general dentistry.


Dr. DeForno’s Accreditations: 

Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh                                                                   Member of the Peak IV Study Club

Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine                                 Member of the AV Purinton Academy & Board Member   

Member of the American Dental Association                                                             Past president of the Delaware Valley LD Pankey Study Club

Member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association                                                        Member of the LD Pankey Institute

Member of the Academy of General Dentistry                                                           Member of the Academy of Implant Dentistry

Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry                                            Member of the Brandywine Hospital Dental Study Club

Master of the Academy of General Dentistry                                                            Member of the Chester Delaware Dental Society
Member of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry                                         Director of Board for PAGD

Member and Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) 

Member of DOCS (Doctors of Conscious Sedation)

Member of the American Academy of Computerized Dentistry