Meet Dr. Vatanka

Dr. Heidi O. Vatanka


Dr. Heidi Vatanka graduated from dental school at the University of Oslo, Norway in 1997. Upon graduation, she worked as a general dentist in Norway and in the United Kingdom providing comprehensive dental care to children and adults. Her passion for children’s dentistry matured while working as a general dentist for over ten years. In pursuit of her goal to become a children’s dental specialist, she enrolled in the Pediatric Dentistry Postdoctoral Program at Howard University College of Dentistry. In June, 2011 she graduated at the top of her class and received the Pediatric Dentistry Award for demonstrating academic excellence and overall clinical proficiency.

She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is the recipient of the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award honoring the top three percent scores of the May 2011 Qualifying Examination. Dr. Vatanka’s international experience in dentistry brings a unique perspective to pediatric dental care. She has a gentle and conservative approach to dental treatment with an emphasis on prevention of dental problems in children. She believes in making every child’s dental visit a positive experience in order to ensure a lifelong positive attitude to dental and oral health.

She is affiliated with the following professional organizations: College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry · American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry · American Dental Association · International Association of Pediatric Dentistry · Norwegian Dental Association.

Dr Vatanka is married, has a son and a daughter and resides in Alexandria. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing soccer and has just started learning to play the piano.