Diego Gonzalez, DDS
Dr. Gonzalez, one of our bilingual dentists, was born in Cali, Colombia and completed his dental education at Universidad del Valle. After practicing for two years in his country, Dr. Gonzalez moved to the US to further his education. He attended New York University, where he obtained his DDS as the president of the Hispanic Dental Students Association. From there, Dr. Gonzalez completed his General Practice Residency at St. Josephs Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. He joined our staff in 2011.
Dr. Gonzalez believes the learning is a never ending process. In this pursuit, he has certified himself in Invisalign technology and is also a member of several prestigious associations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has been serving the Charlotte community since 2008 and his conservative approach to dentistry allows him to the time to listen and understand his patients views and needs.
Shamik S. Vakil DDS, MS
Dr. Shamik Vakil grew up in Cleveland, TN. He attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science. Following his university experience, Dr. Vakil lived in Washington, DC and was selected to serve on Capitol Hill and abroad as a Congressional Fellow working with the International Foundation. He then attended dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. After completing dental school, Dr. Vakil earned his Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Science (MS) degree while completing a two-year post-doctoral residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry and the University of Illinois Medical Center. As part of his residency training, Dr. Vakil received additional training in the areas of pediatric medicine, sedation, anesthesia, and behavior management. During this time, Dr. Vakil also conducted a research project exploring the nutritional counseling practices of pediatric dentists.
Dr. Vakil is very involved in advocacy efforts for the dental profession and his patients. He is a member of the North Carolina Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. From 2009-2013, Dr. Vakil was appointed to represent North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia on the American Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee. Dr. Vakil also serves as a volunteer for Give Kids a Smile Day, North Carolina Mission of Mercy Projects, and Dentistry from the Heart. He has also led and participated in multiple community dental outreach programs both locally and abroad. Some of his foreign service includes dental outreach missions in Malawi, Fiji, Australia, Brazil, and India.
In his free time, Dr. Vakil enjoys music, reading, cooking, scuba diving, and traveling the world with family and friends.