A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Galli earned her undergraduate degree at Morningside College in Sioux City. She graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines and completed her residency in family practice at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Galli has been practicing medicine in the Siouxland area since 1986. She and her late husband, Professor James Galli, have six daughters and two sons.