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Dr. Maria Cristina Ferriol, D03, DG06

About Her

Dr. Ferriol, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has received the Dr. Richard J. Petralis, DG63, Endowed Scholarship in Postgraduate Periodontics, established by the generous bequest of a Boston periodontist who received his graduate training at Tufts.

At Tufts, she has volunteered with the Smile Squad, the Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" Mobile Van and the Greater Boston Food Bank, and has won such honors as the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics and the Alumni Council Excellence Award in Public Health Dentistry.

Why She's Grateful

"I want to say 'thank you' to people like Dr. Petralis," she says. "His career meant so much to him that he found a way to support his junior colleagues. Dental education is so expensive - pursuit of a specialty can be financially impossible for talented dentists. Those of us in the periodontology postdoctoral program definitely plan to give back."