Born and raised in South America in Bogota, Colombia, Monica Savalli, RDH, one of our dynamic periodontal hygienists, attended Colegio Odontológico Colombiano, a Colombian dental college. While the formal degree didn’t transfer to the U.S., Monica is very happy to still have her hands (literally!) in the professional dental field as one of our three licensed and registered dental hygienists.
In October she celebrated her 10-year anniversary with South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.
“The hygienists at South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are extremely independent, organized and supportive of each other,” notes Monica about her colleagues. “We’re really team players who, in addition to seeing patients each day, all have specific roles that help keep the practice functioning very smoothly.”
Monica lives in Coral Springs with her American husband, John, from Michigan, and two daughters, Sophia (9) and Isabella (5) who are growing up bilingual. Monica’s immediate family also emigrated from Colombia which means she is lucky to have both parents and two sisters nearby as well as her in-laws. She is also very involved with the Catholic church, participating in several ministries, helping organize fundraisers, teaching religious education to children and attending retreats.
Now that the weather is slightly cooler, Monica hopes to resume one of her hobbies—running outside.
“Prior to the pandemic, my family and I were training for the April 2020 South Beach Triathlon,” she explains. “We were going to participate as a team with proceeds going to one of our favorite Catholic charities with me doing the running part, my husband swimming and my sister biking.”
We thank Monica for her efforts with the practice and our patients and hope she gets to run in in the triathlon in 2021!