Born in Cuba and emigrated to Louisiana as a child, Karelis grew up in Morgan City. While still in high school, she worked as a chairside assistant for a local dentist thus discovering her passion for oral healthcare.
Karelis attended Nicholls State University and obtained her Associate’s and then her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1998. Outside of the office, Karelis enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her passion for health and fitness include the love of yoga, Pilates, weight training and biking. Karelis resides in Mandeville with her English bulldog, Lumpy.