Dr. Valerie Mukanga received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Following her graduation, she completed a General Practice Residency program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Mukanga was one of the evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. During that tragic time, various people from the DFW helped her back on her feet. Therefore, following the completion of her dental education, she purposely returned to the Dallas area to give back to the community that selflessly helped her during one of the toughest times of her life.
Growing up, Dr. Mukanga encountered dental disparities herself, in her family and in her community. Dental diseases can not only cause pain, low self-esteem, but in extreme cases, death. Sadly, Dr. Mukanga lost one of her dear uncles due to dental infection. This is one of the reasons why she is determined to fight against dental diseases and have a positive impact on people’s dental health. Prior to pursuing her education as a dentist, Dr. Mukanga established Healing Wings Inc, a nonprofit organization that was based in Dallas, with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of proper oral hygiene. For Dr. Mukanga, dentistry is not an option. It is a mission.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, raised in Africa and having lived more than half of her life in the United States, Dr. Mukanga is well equipped to providing care to people of various backgrounds. She speaks English and French fluently and has some working knowledge of Spanish. Her belief is that language or culture differences are no barrier to people because a caring heart speaks louder than words.