Dr. Valerie Drake earned her doctorate of dental surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she still serves on the board of the alumni association. Prior to that, she received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. A self-described local Valley girl, she was Valedictorian of her San Benito High School class and ranked nationally in tennis.
Dedicated to her craft, Dr. Drake has completed more than 1000 hours of continuing education courses. She earned her fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and has earned a fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry as well.
As one of seven dentists in Texas to have earned a Mastership in the Implant Prosthodontic Section of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Valerie Drake has undergone extensive training in implant dentistry. Requirements for Mastership include attaining Fellowship in the ICOI, 40 completed implant cases that have matured longer than one year, 100 continuing implant education hours in the preceding five years, a letter of recommendation from an ICOI Master, Diplomate, or a member of the Advanced Credentials Committee, as well as maintenance requirements to sustain the credential. Dr. Drake believes that her patients deserve the best, so she continually strives for excellence, as is evidenced with her ICOI Mastership.
When she's not working, Dr. Drake enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with her children. She and her husband, Brad Ernst, have two sons, David and William.
Dr. Thompson graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1987. He is a former Navy dentist, had two private practices of his own, and practiced at a VA clinic in South Carolina. Dr. Thompson joined Harlingen Dental in 2009.