At Santiago Dental Associates, we are committed to providing exceptional dental care under the new leadership of Dr. Paola Rodriguez, a S.A.F.E. certified provider from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Dr. Paola is a highly accomplished dental professional who recently assumed leadership of the Santiago Dental Practice. Originally from Colombia, she came to this country at the age of 14 and developed a deep passion for science, particularly cellular biology, and chemistry. Driven by her dedication, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Florida International University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
While pursuing her dream of becoming a biologist, Dr. Paola worked at the Florida Lions Eye Bank, where she gained valuable experience in surgical transplant procedures involving corneas and whole eyes. This experience sparked her desire to serve the community through the medical field, leading her to join a volunteer group of dentists providing dental care to underserved communities. Through years of volunteering, dentistry became more than just a job to her; it became a fulfilling dream come true.
Despite facing adversity during her dental school journey, including a car accident that resulted in a fractured right hand, Dr. Paola’s determination allowed her to adapt and excel. She learned to use her left hand and graduated on time, earning recognition as a top student for her resilience and positive character.
Following her dental degree, Dr. Paola completed a general practice residency at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, focusing on the dental needs of immunocompromised patients. During this time, she personally experienced health issues and was diagnosed with metal toxicity, particularly Mercury. Motivated by her own experiences, Dr. Paola became a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), an esteemed organization dedicated to providing mercury and fluoride-free biological dentistry. She learned the importance of implementing protocols to ensure the safety of both the dental team and patients.
In addition to her extensive training, Dr. Paola is skilled in various advanced dental techniques, including Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) for soft tissue regeneration and facial aesthetics, laser dentistry, and 3D diagnosis of the oral cavity.
Outside of her professional life, Dr. Paola is happily married to Dr. Molina, a periodontist. Together, they have three children and enjoy spending quality time as a family, exploring new culinary experiences, and seeking exciting adventures.