Dr. Occhialini received her Medical Degree from UTHSCSA. She completed her General Surgery residency in San Antonio and her Plastic Surgery residency at UT Health Science Center in Houston. She has been in private practice as a plastic surgeon in San Marcos for over twenty years. She began teaching anatomy at the Health Science Center in 2011 as a volunteer and was appointed to the faculty as a lecturer II in 2013. She was named as the Clinical co-director for the Language of Medicine module starting July 2015.