Dr. Shamik S. Vakil

Dr. Shamik S. Vakil, also called Dr. V, was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Cleveland, TN where he graduated from Cleveland High School. Dr. V went to college at Samford University where he completed dual undergraduate degrees, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and in political science. He then served on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and abroad as a Congressional Fellow working with the International Foundation. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While completing a two-year post-doctoral residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry, he also earned a Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Science (MS). His residency training gave him the opportunity to gain additional skills in pediatric medicine, sedation, anesthesia, orthodontics, and behavior management.

Outside of the office, Dr. V enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, concerts, cooking, and is an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast! He is also a proud supporter of all Charlotte sports teams, especially the Carolina Panthers!

  • Board Certified Diplomate
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • International College of Dentists
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Fellow

Dr. Cleoka Lucas

Dr. Cleoka A. Lucas was born and raised in Lancaster, South Carolina. Dr. Lucas received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and attended dental school at Meharry Medical Collège in Nashville, TN. Upon graduation, she practiced general dentistry in the United States Navy where she had the unique privilege of serving with and treating our nation’s service men and women. 

After leaving the Navy, Dr. Lucas attended Howard University where she completed a residency in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Lucas practiced pediatric dentistry in Georgia for four years before moving to Charlotte to be closer to family. In addition to being board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Lucas is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. 

In her spare time, Dr. Lucas enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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