About Us:

Welcome to Vela Orthodontics

Serving Corpus Christi and Alice, TX (Texas) – Drs. Eric Vela and Michael McNeil are your orthodontic specialists, offering Invisalign® and traditional braces for children, teens, and adults.

When you choose to receive orthodontic care, you want to know that you're working with an orthodontist and staff who understand your needs and will provide you with the best care possible. At Vela Orthodontics, we know this, and we work hard to make sure that your orthodontic experience lives up to your expectations, and leaves you with a beautiful smile that lasts forever.

Our practice is dedicated to you and your smile, from start to finish!

Professional, friendly, and family oriented – our practice is a great place for patients of all ages. Whether you're 6 or 106, we'll make you smile!
Your comfort is our top priority. We offer a warm, welcoming environment where you'll be treated with respect, whether you're a patient, a parent, or a friend – we treat everybody who comes into our practice like family.
High quality treatment options that fit your individual lifestyle. We offer braces for children, teens, and adults, Invisalign invisible braces, and self-ligating braces.
Multiple locations, Monday through Friday office hours, customized payment plans, 24/7 online access to account information - we want to make your orthodontic experience as convenient and easy as possible.
When you're ready to take the next step toward receiving orthodontic care, please contact our practice and schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Vela or Dr. McNeil. We look forward to working with you, and doing what we can to make you smile!

Meet Our Doctors

Why I Love Being an Orthodontist

Working with so many different people gives me the opportunity to constantly form new relationships and friendships with my patients, their families, and our team members. It’s a great feeling to know that each day I can come to work and do something I am truly passionate about!

I am excited about providing orthodontic care for the Corpus Christi and Alice communities. To me, being an orthodontic specialist means providing the highest quality of care to people of all ages, focusing on the aesthetics, function, and health of each individual smile. It is my goal to help each of my patients achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted and to help guide them toward improved oral health.

I love being an orthodontist, especially when I am able to see how happy my patients are when their treatment is complete and they see their new, amazing smile for the first time. I cannot help but to celebrate with them, as I know that their lives are going to be healthier and happier as a result of the work we’ve done together.

My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

I attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio for my Bachelor of Science degree, and then studied at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. This was followed by a Master’s degree in Oral Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry, and a 27-month orthodontic residency program in Dallas.

Orthodontics is constantly changing; there’s always something new being developed and it’s important to me that I stay current with the latest developments in my field so I can offer my patients the most advanced treatments possible. In addition to attendance at orthodontic and dental conferences throughout the year, I regularly take continuing education courses, attend lectures and seminars, and devour orthodontic and oral healthcare literature.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Orthodontists
American Dental Association
Texas Dental Association
Nueces Valley District Dental Society, Board Member
Away from the Office

I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and I feel fortunate to be providing orthodontic care to a community that I know and love. My wife, Amy, is the other “Dr. Vela” in our practice; we have two wonderful children: our daughter, Mia, and our son, Matthew. When I’m away from the practice, you’ll likely find me spending time with my family. I’m also a big sports fan, whether it’s soccer, football, basketball, or baseball, and I enjoy hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors, and reading, as well.

I love my profession and look forward to sharing in your orthodontic experience!

Why I Love My Work

I feel very blessed to be part of this profession, where we are able to educate people and impact their lives through our work. My goal is to always make each patient’s visit both a positive and enjoyable experience, and to be able to help people achieve smiles they can truly be proud of, while making sure those smiles deliver a first impression that best represents each person’s inner and outer beauty.

Each day, I get to work and interact with fascinating people. It’s very rewarding to go through the whole orthodontic process with each of them, and to see the joy and excitement on their face at the end of the journey. Getting to know each patient, as I get to see them regularly over an extended period of time, means I am able to form and maintain relationships that enrich my life. I look forward to seeing each person, catching-up on their latest adventures, or successes in school, hearing about their families and travels. Those exchanges are priceless and make each work day one I eagerly anticipate.

My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi and then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Following my graduation, I knew I had a wonderful foundational knowledge of oral healthcare, but I also knew that this is a field for lifelong learners.

It’s essential that I constantly learn about technological developments and new, proven treatment options, in order to provide my patients with the best care available. Each year I participate in multiple continuing education opportunities and attend various conferences, meetings, and lectures, in order to broaden my knowledge and hone my skills. My patients deserve the best and that is what I strive to deliver.

Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Association
Texas Dental Association

Away from Work

I’m married to the other “Dr. Vela” in our practice; Eric and I have been married for five years, now, and have two beautiful young children, Mia and Matthew. I enjoy spending quality time with my family. We love being at the ranch, going to the beach, and traveling as much as possible. By the way, I was born and raised here in Corpus Christi!

My Passion for Orthodontics

As an orthodontist, I find the greatest reward is in the blossoming of each person’s self-esteem, as they discover their spectacular new smile. Over the more than 35 years I’ve been practicing here in Corpus Christi, I have been given the opportunity to provide care that not only creates beautiful smiles, but corrects a patient’s bite and restores function, leading to greater physical wellbeing. Being able to help a patient’s self-confidence along with their overall health is a great feeling, and orthodontics is one of the few professional fields where we are able to do both.

During my time practicing, I’ve developed wonderful relationships with my patients. I am honored that I’m now providing care for the children of my first patients, and it’s wonderful to continue to be a part of their family.

Education and Continuing Education Commitment

I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1975, and then was awarded a Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. I am also Board Certified as a specialist in child and adult orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics by the American Board of Orthodontics.

I am committed to providing the highest standard of orthodontic care for my patients. I strive to stay abreast of the latest technologies and techniques through continuing education courses and seminars. I am also a Past President and remain active in the Texas Orthodontic Study Club.

Professional Affiliations:

American Association of Orthodontists, formerly serving on the Council for Membership, Ethics, and Judicial Concerns
American Dental Association
Texas Dental Association
Nueces Valley District Dental Society, Past President
Personal Life

I have two children, Patrick and Kathleen. Patrick is a chemical engineer in Houston; he’s happily married and has two wonderful children. My daughter Kathleen is a family practice dentist in Austin and has a delightful child of her own. I love spending time with my children and grandkids, of course, but I also like staying active. Some of my favorite activities are snow skiing, playing tennis, and biking. I’m an avid fisherman and love to travel, too.

I love my community and I believe in giving back as best I can. I’ve served as a Board Member for Foster Angels of South Texas, am a past-cochairman for the Cattle Barons fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and am a Board Member of St. James Episcopal School. I have also served as Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Meet Our Staff

Treatment Coordinator

LeeAnn loves being a part of our patients’ life-changing experience. Her favorite thing about orthodontics is meeting new people every day, helping them to improve their teeth, and seeing how happy they are with their beautiful smiles after their treatment is complete. She also enjoys the friendly, outgoing, and caring atmosphere of our office. When she’s not here, LeeAnn loves spending quality time with her husband, Stephen. Their world revolves around their three-year-old son, Jaxon.

Orthodontic Assistant

Kori’s dental career began in 1993, and we’re lucky to have her as a part of our team. She loves working in orthodontics, getting to know her patients and watching as each patient achieves their own unique smile. In her free time, Kori spends time with her husband, Aaron. She has one kid, Hanz, who is an exotic Persian cat! Kori enjoys kayaking, boating, and spending time with family.

Office Manager

With over 20 years of experience in dentistry, Margie is here to assist our patients with insurance, billing, and contracts. Most importantly, she makes sure that everyone feels comfortable and at ease while visiting our practice. Margie loves seeing our patients’ excitement as they progress with their treatment, and their appreciation of the wonderful service they have received. At home, Margie enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years. They love family time with their two grown children.

Orthodontic Assistant

Carol’s extensive experience in dentistry spans 30 years. She works hard to create an upbeat, positive, comfortable environment, where our patients’ needs always come first. Carol enjoys getting to know our patients, and building lasting friendships with each person she meets. Outside of work, Carol enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include going to the beach and exercising.

Orthodontic Assistant

Marcie enjoys talking to all of our patients and especially loves the way we help our patients walk out the door with big, confident smiles! She also enjoys working with our team; we work hard, but we make it fun for each other and our patients. Marcie is married and has four amazing children. They love hanging out together, swimming, and just relaxing.

No bio available

No bio available

No bio available

No bio available