Catalina Gonzalez D.D.S
Dentist Avondale, AZ
Dr. Catalina Gonzalez grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with her degree in Biomedical Engineering, and worked as an engineer for Johnson & Johnson for some time before continuing her path to becoming a dentist. She later received her Doctoral Degree in Dental Surgery from the prestigious University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Gonzalez now calls Goodyear her home. She is an advocate of serving her community and believes that continuing education is a way to better serve her patients. She enjoys working with both adults and children and advocates oral health education among families in her community; areas in which she has been recognized both by the California Dental Association and the American Association for Public Health for her leadership in the community and outstanding performance in public health.
Dr. Gonzalez’s passion for dentistry and interest in her patients, make them feel welcomed and cared for. She is devoted to her profession and remains up to date in innovative techniques and materials through advanced education and training. She is involved in 2 local Spears Study Clubs and attends many of their seminars yearly.
Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the Central Arizona Dental Society, the American Dental Association (ADA), the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA), and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her 2 children and husband, friends and family, traveling, road cycling, hiking, pilates, and yoga.
Dr. Clairissa Papa comes from a big and loud Italian family in Chicago. She grew up in the suburbs of the city and then took her studies to Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with a major in Biology. Phoenix became home when she moved to attend dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where she received her Doctoral Degree in Dental Medicine and a Certificate in Public Health.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Papa worked at two private offices in Queen Creek for a couple of years and then moved to Phoenix to serve underserved populations in a public health setting. During her time in public health, she gained extensive experience with pediatric dental care. She is very excited to treat both adults and children as a part of the family at Aesthetic Dental Health!
Dr. Papa is dedicated to whole person care, educating patients on how oral health is linked to overall health. Her gentle touch and attention to detail give her patients comfortable and comprehensive care. She prides herself on being a forever student, taking continuing education and participating in a Spear Study Club.
Dr. Papa has served as a director for the Central Arizona Dental Society and is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Giving back to her community through volunteer opportunities is also very important to her.
In her free time, Dr. Papa likes to go on walks and hikes with her husband and black lab “Loki”, do Pilates, and check out new restaurants.