Irelia M. Machado, DDS, MS
I love what I do--There is no other profession I would rather be in! Working in orthodontics allows me to get to know so many wonderful people and build real, lasting relationships with them many of whom I consider to be friends. I genuinely care about my patients and enjoy hearing about their lives and what’s important to them. Every interaction with a patient is an opportunity to make their day, and mine, a little brighter. It is both personally and professionally rewarding to see my patients, regardless of age, gain confidence and self-esteem as their dream of a beautiful smile becomes a reality.
Education and Continuing Education
I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1998, from La Universidad del Zuila, in Venezuela, where I was ranked first in my class. After practicing dentistry for a year, I began my specialty training at Saint Louis University.
During my residency, I completed a Cleft Lip and Palate Fellowship at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. After completing my Master of Science (MS) in Orthodontics in 2001, I returned to Venezuela, where I was an instructor in orthodontics at La Universidad del Zulia. We moved to Texas in 2005, since then I have been working as an Orthodontist in the DFW area.
Orthodontics is a constantly evolving specialty. I stay current on changes in technology and treatment options through conferences, lectures, and seminars. I also read the latest research in various journals and other publications and am an active member of several study clubs.
I maintain an active membership in the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Texas Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- North Texas Dental Society
- North Texas Hispanic Dental Association
- Seattle Study Club
- Spear Study Club
- Denton County Dental Society Study Club
Beyond the Practice
I am a native of Maracaibo, Venezuela and now live in Southlake, TX. My husband Jorge and I have been married for more than 20 years. We have two children, Adriana and Jorge Jr. who are both attending Texas A&M University. When not caring for patients, I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and staying active, especially swimming, biking, and running.