Why I Love My Work
I feel very blessed to be part of this profession, where we are able to educate people and impact their lives through our work. My goal is to always make each patient’s visit both a positive and enjoyable experience, and to be able to help people achieve smiles they can truly be proud of, while making sure those smiles deliver a first impression that best represents each person’s inner and outer beauty.
Each day, I get to work and interact with fascinating people. It’s very rewarding to go through the whole orthodontic process with each of them, and to see the joy and excitement on their face at the end of the journey. Getting to know each patient, as I get to see them regularly over an extended period of time, means I am able to form and maintain relationships that enrich my life. I look forward to seeing each person, catching-up on their latest adventures, or successes in school, hearing about their families and travels. Those exchanges are priceless and make each work day one I eagerly anticipate.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi and then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Following my graduation, I knew I had a wonderful foundational knowledge of oral healthcare, but I also knew that this is a field for lifelong learners.
It’s essential that I constantly learn about technological developments and new, proven treatment options, in order to provide my patients with the best care available. Each year I participate in multiple continuing education opportunities and attend various conferences, meetings, and lectures, in order to broaden my knowledge and hone my skills. My patients deserve the best and that is what I strive to deliver.
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
Away from Work
I’m married to the other “Dr. Vela” in our practice; Eric and I have been married for five years, now, and have two beautiful young children, Mia and Matthew. I enjoy spending quality time with my family. We love being at the ranch, going to the beach, and traveling as much as possible. By the way, I was born and raised here in Corpus Christi!