Who We Are

We are warm and compassionate at Ortega Boulevard Dental. Our team is dedicated to nurturing connections with our patients through shared trust and transparent communication. The moment you step into our office, you’ll be greeted by a welcoming, familial ambiance. The genuine care and empathy our team extends will swiftly put you at ease, making you feel right at home.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Harris Rittenberg


Dr. Harris L. Rittenberg was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1979. In 1983 he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He served as president of the dental college student body in 1982 and upon graduation was awarded the Mosby Book Award of Achievement.

While practicing in South Florida, he met his wife Meryl. They returned to her native Jacksonville in 1986 and established his dental practice this same year. They have two wonderful children.

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Top Dentist Dr. Rittenberg is currently a member of the Jacksonville Dental society, the Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Recently, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry acknowledged Dr. Rittenberg for his active participation in restoring the smiles of victims of domestic violence as part of their “Give Back a Smile” program.

Honored as one of Jacksonville’s ‘Best Doctors’ by Jacksonville Magazine Dr. Rittenberg feels very fortunate that he is able to be in a profession and do the type of work he loves to do. His philosophy has always been to treat people fairly, do good work, and stand behind it.

Over the 25 plus years of practice, he has developed a keen sense of balance when diagnosing patients. Although he is very conservative when recommending treatment, he is proactive enough to help patients avoid future problems which is in keeping with the mission statement of the practice.

Dr. Erik Hekkert


Dr. Erik Hekkert, D.D.S., is a passionate dentist with a transformative journey. He completed his undergraduate studies in Belgium in 1988 and later found his true calling in dentistry during a visit to Houston, Texas. In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry, sparking a lifelong commitment to exceptional oral care.

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Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Hekkert prioritizes continuous learning, consistently seeking new horizons in dental education. He has trained at renowned institutions: the Academy of General Dentistry, Kois Center, Spear Education, Nobel Biocare, Align/Invisalign and the University of Colorado, mastering the latest techniques and technologies that redefine dental care. Dr. Hekkert is a certified provider through the American Academy Of Facial Esthetics to provide Botox and dermal fillers to enhance facial esthetics.

Dr. Hekkert is an advocate of pioneering dental technology, integrating it into his everyday practice. Since 2003, he’s been a strong advocate of same-day CEREC crowns, utilizing cutting-edge technology for efficient, high-quality dental restorations. His dedication to innovation extends to Sirona/CEREC education, pushing the boundaries of digital applications, from natural tooth restoration to implant restorations and orthodontic aligner therapy.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Hekkert is known for his warm and compassionate approach, creating a comfortable and trustworthy atmosphere for his patients. He’s dedicated to providing exceptional dental care and genuinely cares for everyone’s well-being.

Experience dentistry in a refreshing way with Dr. Erik Hekkert, where expertise meets innovation, and a passion for patient satisfaction. Embark on a dental journey guided by a visionary who believes in creating smiles that positively influence your appearance and health.

Commitment To The Jacksonville Community

As a voluntary participant in the “Give Back a Smile” program, which provides victims of domestic violence with free reconstructive dental care, Dr. Rittenberg demonstrates his commitment to the Jacksonville community and his interest in helping others. He was recently recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for his contribution of service to this kind, humanitarian effort.

Further proof of his positive nature and excellent service history can also be inferred from his recent reception of the “Angie’s List Super Star” award. This award, which only 5% of Angie’s List’s 40,000 businesses receive each year, is a fantastic testament to Dr. Rittenberg’s service. The award is only handed out to those who have all A+ reviews. You can also find out more about the fantastic service available at this practice by reading the glowing testimonials available on our website.