Why I Love Being an Orthodontist
Working with so many different people gives me the opportunity to constantly form new relationships and friendships with my patients, their families, and our team members. It’s a great feeling to know that each day I can come to work and do something I am truly passionate about!
I am excited about providing orthodontic care for the Corpus Christi and Alice communities. To me, being an orthodontic specialist means providing the highest quality of care to people of all ages, focusing on the aesthetics, function, and health of each individual smile. It is my goal to help each of my patients achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted and to help guide them toward improved oral health.
I love being an orthodontist, especially when I am able to see how happy my patients are when their treatment is complete and they see their new, amazing smile for the first time. I cannot help but to celebrate with them, as I know that their lives are going to be healthier and happier as a result of the work we’ve done together.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
I attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio for my Bachelor of Science degree, and then studied at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. This was followed by a Master’s degree in Oral Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry, and a 27-month orthodontic residency program in Dallas.
Orthodontics is constantly changing; there’s always something new being developed and it’s important to me that I stay current with the latest developments in my field so I can offer my patients the most advanced treatments possible. In addition to attendance at orthodontic and dental conferences throughout the year, I regularly take continuing education courses, attend lectures and seminars, and devour orthodontic and oral healthcare literature.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Nueces Valley District Dental Society, Board Member
Away from the Office
I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and I feel fortunate to be providing orthodontic care to a community that I know and love. My wife, Amy, is the other “Dr. Vela” in our practice; we have three wonderful children: our two daughters, Mia and Maddie, and our son, Matthew. When I’m away from the practice, you’ll likely find me spending time with my family. I’m also a big sports fan, whether it’s soccer, football, basketball, or baseball, and I enjoy hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors, and reading, as well.
I love my profession and look forward to sharing in your orthodontic experience!