40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

VALERIE SCOLA

  • Murrieta, California
  • Valerie A. Scola, DDS

Age:

37

Name of Practice:

Valerie A. Scola, DDS

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, Indiana University School of Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

For her personality and her traditional approach to dentistry. “I’m often told I have a great chairside manner and am at ease with my patients — I put their needs first, no matter what.” Dr. Scola bought her practice nearly two years ago, so she wears both “dentist” and “boss” hats every day. (To say nothing of her “Mom” hat; she has four kids.)

Inspiration

Her father, who practiced dentistry in Indiana for 35 years.

Philosophy

“My approach to dentistry is ‘classic care with tomorrow’s technology,’” Dr. Scola says. “So many people these days feel like they’re being oversold and are unsure that they can trust their dentist. When they come to my office, I want them to feel
at home.”

Something People Don't Know

Dr. Scola drives a red 1965 Mustang Fastback, which her patients love.