Meet Dr. Vanek
Dr. Vanek cites his interesting life experiences and background for all his academic and business achievements. His parents are both Czech and emigrated from Prague in the 60’s. Dr. Vanek was born and raised in California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in the Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara; where he was honored with a congressional medal for studies in Antarctic Geophysics with the director of the Institute for Crustal Studies. His doctorate is from Creighton University, School of Dentistry. Through his dental education (and while working as a dental assistant, laboratory technician, & digital videographer), he received experience in many areas of specialized dentistry. He hopes that in understanding the aims of these special areas of dentistry that he can better communicate each treatment option to his patients.
In addition to his clinical work, he also devotes time for philanthropic activities to serve those who need special attention for organizations like The Sheepfold (Sheltering Homeless Women and Children), CHOC, Give Kids A Smile OC, and the Hillside House for the Developmentally Disabled. Dr. Vanek has had a lot of travel opportunities throughout the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. His travels included research trips to remote areas of Alaska and Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a medical/dental mission to Uspantan, Guatemala with Helps International, and subsequent travels to New Zealand, Fiji, Chile, and Costa Rica. In 2023 Dr. Vanek was donating his services with IHE (International Health Emissaries) in Peru. He also received first place in the Society for Technical Communication writing competition for his article: “Remote Sensing Techniques for the Analysis of Antarctic Ice.
His most recent accolade being a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Summits Institute. Dr. Vanek is a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, and was awarded by OC Weekly: “Orange County’s Best Dentist.”
Dr. Vanek likes to spend the majority of his free time in and around the ocean. Besides watersports like kiteboarding, he also enjoys artistic pursuits such as photography, ceramics, mechanical and architectural design.
Fun Fact About Dr. Vanek: He’s an avid surfer and made sure his website had a special page to display the surf report for all his patients who also love to surf.
It was Dr. Vanek’s love of surfing that led to him being referred to local Surf legend Corky Carroll, who was in need of a dentist for his son. His son was so impressed by Dr. Vanek that Corky decided to write a profile about him in the Orange County Register;
He came back telling me, ‘This guy is a very cool dude, you will like him.’ So, I decided to find out a little bit about him and was blown away by the story I found. This man is amazing.
You can read the full article, Corky Carroll: The Aloha spirit of Eric Vanek – surf dentist, in the Orange County Register.