Dr. Morello has been a proud San Diego dentist for nearly 40 years. Dr. Morello was accepted with early admission to Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry and was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree along with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1979. After graduating from dental school, she completed a one-year general practice residency at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, which involved additional training in oral surgery, periodontal surgery, general anesthesia, endodontics, cosmetic dentistry and children’s dentistry. In 1980, she moved to San Diego, California, to begin her career at her El Cajon dental practice.
Dr. Morello has balanced her career of 40 years with raising three children and a fitness lifestyle. Her daughter, Michelle, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo and her dental hygiene degree at Southwestern University, where as valedictorian, she was appointed an honorary Psi Epsilon lifetime membership. Michelle has recently donated the gift of a lifetime … two grandchildren! Dr. Morello’s son Paul currently attends Case Western Reserve Dental School following in her footsteps, and her son Anthony enjoys writing and performing comedy at the local comedy stores. Dr. Morello’s pastimes include playing piano, reading, writing and solving puzzles. She pursues fitness eagerly through cycling, swimming, hiking, yoga and dancing. Losing a dear friend to leukemia compelled her to participate in Team in Training, a fitness training program involving fundraising for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and which is also a great way to stay fit through cycling, triathlon and running, all while saving lives!
Born and raised in Kentucky, Dr. Megan Shelton is excited and honored to work alongside Dr. Morello. Dr. Megan served in the Navy as a dentist and has continued to practice for over seven years. Dr. Megan looks forward to bringing southern hospitality and quality care to her patients and practices by the golden rule, treating her patients the way she would want to be treated. Dr. Megan knew she wanted to be a dentist early in her life while on a mission trip to Colombia as a dental assistant, and she continued her mission work through dental school to other areas including Belize and rural areas in the states. Providing a comfortable environment and confidence to her patients is her passion. Her other loves include her husband, whom she met at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, enjoying the outdoors with her fur babies, visiting her family in the Bluegrass State and discovering new adventures around here in the beautiful state of California.
Michael O’Brien, DDS — Associate Dentist
Dr. Michael O’Brien received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, a program renowned for clinical excellence in restorative dentistry. He is licensed to practice in both California and Missouri. Simply put, he is very passionate about dentistry. He loves working with his hands and helping people through both education and high-quality dentistry that mimics nature. He is constantly reading and researching dental literature to update his dental knowledge. Dr. O’Brien started to attend continuing education courses while he was still in dental school along with just about every selective and elective course he could attend, from removable prosthodontics to the aesthetic selective courses. He is dedicated to the craft of dentistry and committed to providing clear treatment options in simple terms and consistently excellent results.
In his spare time, Dr. O’Brien loves fishing, playing with his dogs, photography, welding, tinkering with his motorized bicycle, electronics or working on his most recent project. He is an avid home brewer and not only enjoys brewing but has built some pretty advanced Peltier-based conical fermentation devices to regulate the temperature of the beer as it ferments. One theme that you may notice is that he is almost always working with his hands, which is one of the many reasons that he loves what he does. Dentistry is a wonderful mix of science, art and people skills, and luckily for Dr. O’Brien, he excels at all of these.