Dr. Gail Willow was born and raised in the southwestern United States. Born in Arizona and raised in New Mexico, she has the love of the Rocky Mountains in her blood. With a passion for education, Dr. Willow finished high school early before attending the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, a school devoted to the sciences. In 1980, Dr.Willow was the youngest in her graduating class, having majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, where again, she graduated the youngest in her class in 1984.