Meet Doctor Vanek

I was born in New York City in 1946. My family moved to Connecticut when I was 17 years old, graduating from Hamden High School in 1963. I attended the University of Connecticut where I served as President of my fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, Gamma Gamma Chapter. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. That year I married my high school sweetheart Diane and we moved to North Carolina to attend the UNC School of Dentistry.

I graduated with a DDS degree in 1972 and continued on at UNC in their 2 year orthodontic residency program, culminating with a Masters in the Science of Orthodontics. My master's thesis examined the formation of the orofacial structure during formation of the palate. While at UNC I was awarded a Hattie Strong Foundation Scholarship, a Pfeiffer Research Fellowship, was inducted into the honorary dental fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon, served as CO of my dental reserve unit and graduated first in my dental class.

We moved to Jacksonville in 1972 and I joined Dr. Willis' practice. While here I have been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, the Jacksonville Rotary Club, and served on the vestry at St. Anne's and St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Churches. Diane spent much of her time involved with numerous community activities as well as raising our two boys, Richard and Rodney.

I am a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists of which I served as President, the UNC Orthodontic Alumni of which I served as president, the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Onslow County Dental Society of which I served as President.

I presently reside in Swansboro with Diane. When not working I like to relax, putter around the house, travel and visit with our 5 grand children. Seems to keep me plenty busy.