I began my dental career in Oklahoma City, where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) with honors from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. While pursuing my DDS, I volunteered my time with the Good Sheppard Mission, where I provided dental care for less fortunate families. Prior to pursuing my dental degree, I received a Ph.D. in the field of genetics. I published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals and received the Young Scientist Award for my doctoral thesis.
I continued my academic pursuit of excellence by specializing in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. I became board certified in 2006 and am now a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. While in specialty training, I received the Best Scientific Presentation Award for my research in genetic disorders that relate to tooth and facial disorders.
Staying on the leading edge of orthodontics has always been a high priority. I participate in several study clubs, continuing education courses, and workshops, and I attend national dental meetings. In 2007 and 2010, I was honored to be named by San Antonio Magazine as a Top Orthodontist in San Antonio. My professional affiliations include the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- San Antonio District Dental Society
- Texas Association of Orthodontists
In addition to my participation in these dental organizations, my dedication to community service includes being a “big sister” to the kids who are enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas-San Antonio. I have also started a charity to provide free orthodontic treatment to one child each year from this organization (San Antonio Express News), and have organized several dental camps to increase awareness about orthodontics. I am often invited by the elementary, middle, and high schools of San Antonio to give presentations on the career day and health day to educate children and promote oral health.
Among my accomplishments, I have published several scientific articles. My most recent publications address:
- Molar substitution using microscrews - Orthotown Magazine - September 2015
- Microscrew-assisted correction of Class II malocclusion in an adult patient - Orthotown Magazine - August 2018
I currently reside in San Antonio with my wonderful husband of more than 25 years, C.S. Reddy Meka, our two lovely sons Vinay and Karthik (where the name VK Orthodontics comes from) and our dog Julia. I enjoy tennis, basketball, and music in my spare time.