Dr. Sallapudi grew up on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He moved to Tampa to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida, where he met his future wife Neetha, a Tampa native. Then he realized he had a strong interest in dentistry, and he attended and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. After completing an internship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Dr. Sallapudi received a master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.
Dr. Sallapudi became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2005. In 2010, he was chosen by the board from among hundreds of candidates to present an outstanding case report at the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists.
After joining Dr. Ehrlich in 2003, Dr. Sallapudi was instrumental in introducing new technologies, including digital X-rays and paperless office administration. His longstanding interest in recent advances in orthodontics and customer service continues to influence the direction of the practice.
An avid USF Bulls fan, Dr. Sallapudi also has been a lifelong supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and volunteering as a speaker at a number of local schools. His wife Neetha is a board-certified family practice physician in Venice. They have two young daughters, Asha and Sarina, who attend Pine View School.