Dr. Bautista completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California San Diego with a bachelor of science in biochemistry and cell biology. During her time at UC San Diego, she was involved in basic research including studying processes related to DNA transcription in the field of molecular biology. Upon graduation, she went on to attend dental school at the University of California San Francisco. In addition to her formal dental training, she provided dental care for underserved communities in the Bay Area through clinics and health fairs. She also worked toward mentoring high school students interested in the field of dentistry.
Following her dental school studies, Dr. Bautista practiced full time as a general dentist in San Francisco, California and then later, in San Clemente, California. She currently practices in Mission Viejo, California.
Dr. Bautista is married with one son.