By Heather McMechan
Special to The Pineapple

I recently ran into Jacqui Moroco at the American Girl Fashion Show and we started reminiscing about her first personal shopping appointment with me after having her baby, meeting in the Junior League of Boca Raton, and how we have known each other for almost twenty years. She’s built an amazing business while she and her husband have been raising two great kids. What I didn’t know about Jacqui was how she got to where she is today as one of the leading orthodontists in the Delray Beach area. I sat and chatted with this very energetic professional woman and mom. And here is the scoop…

Local Mom Scoop (LMS): Tell me the story of how Moroco Orthodontics was started.
Jacqui: In 1998, I was working as an associate orthodontist. There weren’t any ownership opportunities there at the time and I didn’t want to just be an associate. So, I decided to start my own practice. I went out on my own on July 1, 1998. For six months, while my office was under construction, I saw my patients at a general dentist’s office. There was a lot happening that year. In addition to going out on my own, I got married in September, moved into my new office in December, and was pregnant by July. When I look back, I think, “Oh my gosh,” how did I get through that. So, when stresses hit me today, I tell myself I can get through anything.

LMS: Why did you pick Delray Beach for your office location?
Jacqui: I have always lived in Delray Beach since living in Florida. Even while I was working in Boca Raton, I was living in Delray Beach. When it came to select a location for my office, it was a no brainer. I knew for sure that I wanted to be in Delray Beach because that was the place where I wanted to live myself, have my family, raise my family and have my practice. Even though there were doubters and some people didn’t understand why that location or why I wanted to go out on my own, it was a very easy decision for me.

LMS: How do you maintain balance as a mom and as an owner?
Jacqui: I work out every day for at least an hour and a half. I also make sure I have scheduled time, planning time, and production time. I work with my family and my team to be capable of doing things for themselves. I have my work family and my home family. I believe in building a great team and keeping the team by treating them well.

LMS: What are your favorite restaurants in Delray?
Jacqui: Cut 432 is a great restaurant with a great experience. We always take friends and family there. J&J Seafood is another one of our favorites.

LMS: What do you do as a family?
Jacqui: Wednesday nights are family nights. We’ll have a casual dinner, watch a movie, or play a game.

LMS: How do you keep your family organized?
Jacqui: Like most families, we divide and conquer. Every Sunday we sit down together and go over our schedules for the week. We also do all the cooking for the week on that day. Regarding our kids, one of us handles our son’s activities while the other handles our daughter’s activities. It takes a lot of preparation.

LMS: What can you not live without?
Jacqui: Jo Malone candles and Shu Uemura hairspray from PeterMark Salon.

LMS: What is your morning ritual?
Jacqui: I stop at Starbucks on Atlantic Avenue and order a green tea lemonade and a spinach and feta breakfast wrap.

LMS: What are your guilty pleasures?
Jacqui: Currently, Candy Crush and any of the Housewives Shows on Bravo.

Heather McMechan of Local Mom Scoop can be reached at [email protected]. Visit her website at, Twitter & Facebook

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