Dr. Vargas received her dental degree at Cayetano University in Lima, Peru in 1987, her post-doctoral training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, NY in 1992 and her PhD in Oral Science from the University of Iowa in 1998. Dr. Vargas was an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa for 10 years and has been in full time private practice for the past 11 years.
She received her Pediatric Dentistry board certification in 2000 and is past president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Vargas has served on the AAPD CSA committee for many years and has been on the Pulp Therapy EBD workgroup for the past 5 years. She is also currently an examiner for ABPD Oral Clinical Examination and question writer for the Qualifying Examination for board certification.
Dr. Vargas has lectured both internationally and nationally, is a reviewer for Pediatric Dentistry, International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry and Journal of the American Dental Association and has published numerous articles and book chapters.