Meet Dr. Botero! Dr. Catalina (her patient’s call her Dr. Cat) was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. During her grade school years, she excelled both academically and athletically. She enjoyed volleyball and swimming, where she became part of her high school swimming league.
She also developed an interest in arts and learned how to play the classical guitar. As a teenager, she volunteered at a health center that specialized in oral health for the underserved and less fortunate. Here she was first exposed to dentistry and fell in love with giving back to others, especially children.
Due to this great experience, she quickly became interested in the dental field. She was fortunate to be accepted into dental school at one of the most prestigious universities in South America, Universidad de Antioquia located in Medellin Colombia.
This dental school is internationally recognized as a top dental school in South America. After completing dental school, she moved to Florida to be closer to her family and to further her dental education.
After moving to Florida, she first worked as a dental assistant and later on she obtained her license as a registered dental hygienist.
Dr. Cat worked as a licensed hygienist for 2 years in the Tampa area, before deciding to go back to dental school a second time. In 2006, she was accepted into the International Student Program at the University of Colorado. She graduated in 2008, obtaining her second degree as a dentist (Doctor of Dental Surgery degree). This means Dr. Cat has 2 different dental degrees from 2 different countries, which makes her extremely qualified; and on top of that, she is also a registered certified dental hygienist.
After completing dental school, the 2nd time at the University of Colorado, she worked just outside of Denver Colorado at a very well established Pediatric Dental office. Dr. Cat practiced dentistry exclusively on children for over 8 years at that pediatric office in Denver, Colorado. She loved her job and always felt energized while her daily interactions with kids.
Dr. Cat’s family lives in the Tampa Bay area and she relocated in 2017 back to Florida to be closer to her family. She feels very grateful to have the opportunity to work with kids every day.
Dr. Cat has state licenses to practice dentistry in Colorado and Florida. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Florida Dental Association (FDA) and affiliate member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD). She stays on top of the latest developments in the dental field and attends continuing education courses regularly.
Outside of the office, Dr. Cat loves to spend time with her husband Leroy and their two children, Caro and Nico, ages 7 and 6. Together, they enjoy boating, traveling and spending time at the beach.
As a Colombian native, she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is excited to be working with you and your children and looks forward to treating your children as she would her own.
Born and raised: Medellin, Colombia
Favorite place she has lived: Denver, Colorado
Hobbies: Boating, the beach and cooking
Siblings: 2 brothers and 1 sister, Dr. Cat is the middle sibling
Family: Husband, Leroy, and 2 young children – Carolina and Nicolas
Doctor of Dental Surgery: University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduated with honors: Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Dr. Cat was a licensed dental hygienist prior to becoming a children’s dentist. So, brush those teeth!
12 years of experience as a children’s dentist