Franklin Casthely, DDS

   Dr. Franklin Casthely started his practice in Miami in the early 1980s after relocating from Boston, Massachusetts.  Although at the time he was Clinical Instructor of Prosthodontics at the prestiguous Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he longed for the tropical climate of his homeland Haiti and a community with a larger Haitian-American presence.   

   Dr. Casthely was already a dentist when he left Haiti in the early 1970s.  He obtained his dental degree from the State University of Haiti in 1967.  After several challenging years Dr. Casthely was able to overcome the barriers placed in front of foreign-trained doctors, and not only attended but also taught at Harvard University.  This experience proved to be of great value as it helped further cultivate his leadership and public speaking skills. 

   Soon after relocating to Miami in the late 1980s, Dr. Casthely pioneered several health and community awareness programs which included a weekly medical radio talk show and PBS televised educational segments. He encouraged participation from his collegues in the medical field during these public health endeavors in an effort to improve the quality of both dental and medical health in the Haitian-American community. He believes that as the "first Haitian dentist in Miami" it is both an honor and duty to serve and contribute to the overall well-being of Haitian-Americans in South Florida.

Dr. Casthely and Staff

Dr. Casthely's Practice Philosophy

   "One must recognize the importance and relevance of dental health to overall well-being.  The oral cavity is the gateway not only to our bodies but acts as a liason to the outside, where oftentimes systemic disease manifest.  That is, it is often the dentist that notices signs of diabetes, poor nutrition, immune deficiency, to name a few.  Therefore, when treating my patients I stress the importance of prevention, regular dental care and good nutrition.  I believe that I best serve my patients when I educate them about their specific dental health and its importance to their overall medical health."

Dr. Casthely Reviewing a Chart
Dr. Casthely Working in the Lab
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Dr. Casthely & "Dr. Lucie" Working on a Patient's Case