Meet Dr. Rena Vakay

Dr. Rena Vakay received her doctor of dental surgery degree at Georgetown University Dental School in Washington, D.C. in 1982. Upon completion of her dental degree, Dr. Vakay continued her education at the L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida and at The Kois Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Vakay has achieved Clinical Instructor status at the Kois Center. She also has achieved fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Vakay achieved the prestigious Accredited Status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1992. She is only one of 5 dentists that are fully accredited in the state of Virginia.

Dr. Vakay served 3 years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and is past- President of their local chapter. Dr. Vakay also served as Chairman and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Contemporary Dental Education for 2 years. Dr. Vakay has served as Program Chairman for the Northern Virginia Dental Society. She received the Media Award for Excellence when she served as Public Information Officer oVirginia for the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Vakay is often voted among the Top Dentists in the Washington, D.C. area by Washingtonian MagazineNorthern Virginia Magazine, and Virginia Living Magazine. She was also voted into “The Best Dentists in America” and is listed in the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals”. She shares her knowledge and love of dentistry in her lectures throughout the United States and has published several peer- reviewed dental articles.

Dr. Vakay is the official “Miss Arlington” pageant dentist. Her clientele have included numerous Miss Arlingtons, Miss Virginias, and one Miss America.

Community Service and Supported Charities

  • The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation– Board Member 2012-2021
  •  National Museum of Women in the Arts-2021
  • Life with Cancer 2011-2017
  • MOM_Medical Mission of Mercy – Philippines- 2013
  • MOM_Medical Mission of Mercy-2013-2015 support
  • George Mason Arts Board-2010-2013
  • SafeSpot-children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax county 2015-2019
  • Wounded Warriors – 2015-2021
  • Purple Heart- 2013-2021
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation-2015
  • Asaph Dance Ensemble- 2019-2021

Dr. Vakay is an active member of the following organizations:

Honors and Awards

  • 1989: Academy of General Dentistry – Media Award for Excellence
  • 1992: Academy of General Dentistry- Fellowship Award
  • 1992: Accredited in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • 1997: Top Dentist in the Washington, D.C. area by Washingtonian Magazine
  • 1999: Distinguished Mentor – Creating Restorative Excellence/the Kois Center
  • 2003: Top Dentist in the Washington, D.C. area by Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2004-2005: The Best Dentists in America
  • 2005-2006: America’s Top Dentist,”Restorative Dentistry” (Consumers Research Council of America) Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • 2006: Clinical Instructor status-The Kois Center
  • 2007-2009: Editor-in-Chief, Kois Journal of Excellence
  • 2009-2012: Editorial Board , Kois Journal
  • 2011: Top Dentist in the Washington, DC area by Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2012: Northern Virginia Magazine- Top Dentist for Cosmetic Dentistry
  • 2014: Northern Virginia Magazine- Top Dentist
  • 2015: Northern Virginia Magazine- Top Dentist
  • 2016: Northern Virginia Magazine-Top Dentist
  • 2017: Northern Virginia Magazine-Top Dentist
  • 2020: Virginia Living Magazine- Top Dentists
  • 2021: Virginia Living Magazine- Top Dentists

Television Interviews

  • 1988: Cable Television Interview- Washington, D.C.
  • 1989: Channel Television Interview- Washington D.C.- Prime time News
  • 1996: “Smart Women Launch New Smart Woman TV News Series”


  • 2000: Relationship of the Periodontium to Impression Procedures. Vakay, RT and Kois, JC. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2000, 21:684-688.
  • 2005: Universal Paradigms for Predictable Final Impressions. Vakay, RT and Kois, JC. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2005 Mar; 26(3): 199-209. Impressive Results. Vakay, RT. Woman Dentist Journal. 2005, Jul. 28,30,32,34
  • 2007-2009: Journal of Excellence; Editor in Chief-first issue July 20, 2007
  • 2009-2012: The Journal of Excellence- Editorial Board
  • 2010-2018: Compendium– Editorial Board
  • 2015: Composite Restorations: Wheels of Progress Continue to Turn. Vakay, RT. Compend 2015, 36 (6): 442-443.
  • 2020: What are the Keys to Managing the Ginigval Margins for Esthetic Implant Crowns< Compend RoundTable with Drs. Mahn and Leopardi
  • 2019- 2021Compendium– Section Editor- Restorative

What Our Patients Say

This is my first year with Promenade Complete Dental and the staff has been nothing but helpful with explaining the process of a new client and scheduling. Doctor Geovanny has been following up after each appointment which is great! The staff makes you feel welcomed and appreciated.

Jonathan R.

Promenade Dental, for being in such a high-end area, gives me the home town, first name basis experience.

Amy E.

I love my new smile! Dr. Vakay and her staff are professional and easy to work with. I wish I had found Dr. Vakay years ago...

Deborah B.

If you want to continue going to the same office for all your family dental needs, Promenade is the place to go! My wife and I love Dr. Vakay and Christina.


Promenade Complete Dental is such a great practice. The whole office is amazing! I came first and I had my whole family switch dentists!!! We love it here.


We feel like family at Promenade Complete Dental!! Dr. Vakay and Dr. G are outstanding! Every procedure is explained thoroughly in advance and completed with perfection. Not even a single complaint from our 16yo… which speaks volumes!! And Savannah is always a pleasure to work with when scheduling and finances. I highly recommend this wonderful practice!!!

Fred D.

I very been going to Dr Rena Vakay for about 4 years now and I’ve been very happy with all that has been done. My smile is complete and my teeth and gums have never been as healthy as they are today since starting with the practice. The staff is helpful and the office is always pristine.

Michelle L.

Dr. Vakay, Dr. Balderas, and the staff at Promenade Complete Dental Center are world-class. For years, I was self-conscious of my teeth, but that is no longer the case and I’ve received many compliments on my teeth and smile. From start to finish, they strive for perfection. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone!

Tracy B.

I have been traveling to Dr Vakay’s office for my dental appointments for over 25 years from NYC. She and her staff are excellent! As a dentist myself my standards are extremely high and not only does Dr Vakay meet my standards, she exceeds them every time! My smile is worth the trip!

Susan S.

Dr Vakay is hands down one of the most thorough and detailed dentists I’ve ever seen. I am a chicken when it comes to going to the dentist but she made me feel comfortable and explained my issues in detail which really made my visit awesome!

Nick S.

Dr Rena Vakay is the best dentist in the whole wide world! She is incredibly meticulous and her work is absolutely impeccable. Her and her staff are friendly, kind, and professional. I always look forward to my visit. Highly Recommend!

Katie L.

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