Dr. Irwine Sainvil is a product of Haitian immigrants that migrated to the US in the early 1980s with the hope of an American Dream! Working several minimum wage jobs to provide for the family, her parents always stressed the importance of education, which is a strong aspect of her culture. Her desire for dentistry was truly cultivated when she was given a career project to complete in 7th grade. She remembers sitting at North Miami Branch Library researching the life of a pediatric dentist because she always knew her calling was to work with kids in the healthcare field.
Her undergraduate studies began at University of South Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Science majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Public Health. At the same institution, she also obtained a Master’s in Science with a Molecular Medicine concentration. Upon graduation, Dr. Sainvil worked at University of Miami as a Research Associate studying DNA vectors for HIV/AIDS vaccines. Then, she matriculated to historic Meharry Medical College where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree and completed her pediatric dental residency training at the prestigious Boston University.
Dr. Sainvil is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and holds hospital privileges at JoeDiMaggio Children’s Hospital. She is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, South Florida District Dental Association, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently serves as a Public Policy Advocate for Florida Academy of a Pediatric Dentistry where she advocates for access to oral healthcare for children. In fact, she is a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar recipient where she received extra training on policy advocacy.
She is very active within the Haitian community in which she currently serves as the General Secretary of Haitian American Leadership Organization (HALO) and also attends National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professional annual conferences. Her engagement within the community speaks volume of her character and leadership attributes because one of her main goals is to be an example for the youth especially those aspiring to enter the healthcare field. Through her involvement she has networked and connected with prominent leaders of the south Florida community and collaborates with them on many projects, such as youth empowerment workshops. She is actively involved in Career Day events at local schools where she talks to students about her field and her life experience. She has published in the Haiti Open Magazine and looks forward to future speaking opportunities on the Haitian radio station to educate the community on the importance of oral health care.
Dr. Sainvil has practiced in Boston, Orlando, and now South Florida. As the first Haitian American Board Certified Pediatric Dentist female of North Miami, FL, she couldn’t be more proud to return to her hometown to provide dental care to her community, where her dreams as a 7th grader began in her local neighborhood.
With her vibrant personality and professionalism, parents and patients love Dr. Sainvil. Her vision is to not only be an oral health educator and clinician, but to be a positive example for the next generation.