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OUR TEAM

“Our Team takes pride in providing remarkable service. We stay up-to- date on procedures and technology, attend continuing education courses, and train on the latest technology to meet and exceed the level of treatment you should expect to receive. Our Commitment is to serve you in an efficient, caring and professional manner while ensuring that you receive the proper treatment to achieve and maintain optimal dental health for a beautiful, confident smile.”

OFFICE TEAM

Blanca

BUSINESS MANAGER

Started in the dental field over 8 years ago. Born and raised in Palm Springs, married for 5 years, love spending time and being a kid again with my 3 year old daughter.

Peta

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

Army brat of 20+ years, Mother of 5 with a passion for helping patients with their dental needs. 10 Years in the dental field. Enjoys watching football, traveling, music and quality time with family.

Emily

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

Emily has been a dental assistant, in the valley, for 8 years. She is originally from New Hampshire and loves to go back to visit often. Emily enjoys hiking, playing softball, and spending time with her family.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Trish

Graduated in 1993 from Coastal Carolina Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She spends her off time with her husband of 30 years and all her 4 legged kids.

Steve

Steve came to us in 2015 from another terrific resort community, Park City, Utah.  Like his previous practice, he has also built a respectable reputation as a knowledgeable hygienist with great skill and touch, as well as an upbeat and congenial manner, practicing now for nearly 20 years.  His homelife and family (he and his husband are the fathers of 8 grown children between them), travel, animals and the pursuit of great health balance out the rest of his busy existence.

Cara

Cara has been a hygienist since 1998.  She graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.  Cara has been working with Dr. Shepherd since 2009 and looks forward to many more.  She spends her free time with her two teenage boys.

DENTAL ASSISTANTS

Ruben

Ruben has been with our team since 2012, he graduated from Milan Institute. When he is not assisting our doctors and helping patients, he leads a youth Group at World Harvest Church in his hometown of Indio.

Diego

Diego is the proud father of 2 beautiful children.  He is a native of the desert and has been a loyal member of the Palm Springs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office since 2011.  His love for dentistry is clearly seen in his infectious smile.

Vanessa

Vanessa was born and raised on the beautiful Central Coast of California. She moved to the Desert in 2016 with her husband of 11 years, Alfden, and their 1 furbaby. Vanessa has been a part of the Palm Springs Family Dentistry Team since then, and a Registered Dental Assistant since 2003. Her passion for dentistry shows with each privileged opportunity she gets to care for the people of our community who walk through our front door. Spending time getting to know her patients allows her to understand their expectations with the hope of exceeding them during their visit. She looks forward to meeting you!

Shaun

Shaun was born in California and has a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-veterinary medicine, in hopes of becoming a veterinarian at some point.  In 2012 she pursued a new passion and career in dentistry, which she enjoys very much.  In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog, Brooks, doing art work and riding motorcycles.