What a year Dr. Staller has had. The President's Medallion for Distinguished Service was awarded to Dr. Richard Staller at the December 2010 graduation ceremony. The honor is bestowed to individuals who have rendered service of great value to the University and the community at large. That description more than fits Dr. Staller, a Delray Beach dentist who has donated thousands of hours of his time and expertise to giving the best in dental care to FAU's student-athletes and Athletics Department employees. In June, he was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. The Academy is an organization compiled of more than 600 international members ranging from dentists and trainers to coaches and educators who promote the avoidance of dental injuries to athletes.
A dedicated Owls fan from the inception of FAU's football program, he is the team's first and only dentist, serving in a volunteer capacity. Dr. Staller was present when the team took the field for its first practice on August 12, 2000, and he has attended every single home and away game ever since. He is totally dedicated to the health and well-being of all of FAU's student-athletes, introducing a custom mouth guard program for them and treating the full spectrum of their dental needs. He estimates that he has fitted and distributed about 10,000 mouth guards over the past decade.
He is one of the original 100 Football Founders who launched the University's football program with cash or in-kind donations of $50,000 each. Dr. Staller and his brother, Dr. Nat Staller, have established a quarterback scholarship honoring their late father, Martin. Additionally, he serves as president of the Owl Club, the official booster organization for FAU Athletics. Dr. Staller also has made a naming gift to FAU to the new on-campus football stadium.
In 2006, Dr. Staller was selected to receive the President's Talon Award, an honor conferred by the FAU National Alumni Association to recognize extraordinary leadership support of the University.
A recognized expert in his field, Dr. Staller is part of the Proctor & Gamble National Speakers' Program, making presentations around the U.S. and on television and radio about cosmetic and restorative dentistry, implants and related subjects. He has been seen nationally on network TV and on the Lifetime and CNN cable channels. A researcher and scientific writer, he has conducted research on dental lasers and has published articles in leading professional journals.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Dr. Staller holds degrees from Villanova University and the Temple University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors. He is on staff at Delray Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center, where he performed the first operating room dental surgery. He is a member of such prestigious professional organizations as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Academy for Sports Dentistry, and he has been named a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.