Dr. Sauchelli was born in Newark N.J. in 1959 as the youngest of three children. She was raised in a family with a mother who worked full time as an operating room nurse and a father who thought his daughter should and could have every opportunity his sons had. Her eldest brother became an anesthesiologist and the other a dentist as well as a lawyer.
She attended East Orange Catholic High School where she was the winner of a citywide design contest for the bicentennial flag for the city of East Orange. The flag of her design still flies at city hall today. She then attended Rutgers University in Newark where she earned a Biology degree and an Art History Minor finishing Phi Beta Kappa with honors. During those years she worked as a short order cook, babysitter, apartment cleaner, Laundromat manager, liquor store cashier and a pharmacy clerk to pay for school.
Following college she began her career as a research scientist at Hoffman La-Roche doing research on rheumatoid arthritis and published a number of abstracts. During this time she was also a member of the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit and a student in the local adult art school .
Dr. Sauchelli wanted to do something that would incorporate her love of science, art and people. In 1983 she decided to enter UMDNJ Dental School where she earned her Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree. While in dental school, Dr. Sauchelli served as the president of the student government and received many awards upon graduation, including the Gillis Award and the induction into the Dental Honor Society OKU.
She began her career in 1987 working for one of her professors, Larry Churgin, in Bloomfield N.J, while also attending NYU for a mini residency in prosthodontics. She moved out into her own practice in 1991 to a rented office on the Bloomfield, Clifton, Nutley border and in 2001 she purchased her current private practice in Clifton, which is her current location.
Dr. Sauchelli currently resides in Boonton Township with her husband. She has three children, Catie, Cole, and stepson Kyle. Her current interests include reading, and arts and crafts, although Dentistry is still her first love.
I consider myself very fortunate to be a dentist. I enjoy the work, the people I meet and have the privilege of caring for and the team here that works with me.
The craft of dentistry is endlessly satisfying to me. Each day, I am often greeted with new and complex oral health problems to solve. I reduce and eliminate pain, brighten smiles, and improve both the short and long term quality of life for others, by advancing their well–being.