Anna-Avola“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” That quote by Mark Twain is a great way to understand the professional journey Dr. Avola has traveled over the past 35 years. After graduation from Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Boston in 1978, she immediately began honing her craft in clinical dentistry by working as an associate in several practices. It is important to note that Dr. Avola continued her studies taking courses on the latest procedures and dental technologies. In fact, she took a particular interest in the science of aging and earned a masters degree in Health Science majoring in gerontology from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Dr. Avola opened her own dental practice in Naples in 1982 and managed to have a fulfilling family life as she and her husband brought up and educated three children in the Collier County School system. At one point, Florida Gulf Coast University offered Dr. Avola a teaching position to instruct classes on gerontology. This experience opened up another wonderful world of opportunities. Along with gerontology Dr. Avola designed and delivered courses on human anatomy and physiology.

Sometimes life has a funny way of going full circle. As the children grew and left for their respective colleges, a little more time became available. Dr. Avola started working at the Senior Friendship Center in Naples. This was the time for Dr. Avola that everything she had done in the past came together! She was treating senior adult patients, working with medically compromised situations, explaining and teaching them the importance of the systemic connection between good oral health and the physiology of the body.

Dr. Avola knows why she is a dentist. Of course, the next natural step is to open her own practice specializing in the over 50 crowd because, in some cases, special knowledge and clinical technique is required for seniors to achieve optimal health. Dr. Avola is qualified to both deliver expert dental treatment and to incorporate advice and guidance for the aging patient.