Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Kaleel-Gavalas may be a newer face around the office, but she will surely greet you with a smile. She’s passionate about making others feel confident in their smile and is dedicated to education and to continue learning in this field we call the Practice of Dentistry. Dentistry has long been a part of her life, as growing up on the East coast of Florida in Ocean Ridge, she frequented her father’s dental office and enjoyed greeting patients and making sure everyone felt comfortable.
The decision to pursue dentistry as a career was made during her undergraduate education at Florida State University. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science allowing her the freedom to also learn about another passion – Wellness. Dr. Kaleel-Gavalas graduated from FSU in 2013, and then attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry as part of the Class of 2017. The educational journey continued at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in NC where she completed a 2-year General Practice Residency and served as Chief Resident her second year. Her next stop was Nashville, TN to complete a 1-year Oral Surgery internship at the Oral Surgical Institute. Completing a 1-year Implant Fellowship at the University of Florida Center for Implant Dentistry was the final stop in her post-graduate education. Because of the work and time put into the digital aspect of implant dentistry, she was presented with a second fellowship in Digital Implant Dentistry.
After completion of the implant fellowship, she moved to New York City to be with her husband-to-be, Nic Gavalas. Eventually, they both realized it was time to move back to Florida, though they miss the city dearly. They decided to move to Tampa, as it is halfway to her home town near Delray Beach and his hometown of Tallahassee. The two tied the knot in November 2022 at Dr. Kaleel-Gavalas’ hometown church in Boca Raton.
Outside of Dentistry, Dr. Kaleel-Gavalas spends most of her time with family and friends. She enjoys all sports, especially Florida State Football. She claims to be one of the biggest Nole fans there is! She loves running, particularly the half-marathon distance. She also has a love for tennis, working out, and the overall health component to life. Despite that, she does have a sweet tooth and enjoys cooking and baking. She is beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of the incredible, one-of-a-kind team at Muscaro and Martini Dentistry!