“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.”



Scheduling Coordinator

Blanca started in the dental field over 10 years ago. She was born and raised right here in Palm Springs. Blanca spends her time with family (including her two young daughters).  She enjoys visiting with all our patients!


Scheduling Coordinator

Chris comes to us experienced and is Dr. Tom’s key Schedule Coordinator.  We feel very fortunate to have his expertise and friendly demeanor at our front desk area.


Scheduling Coordinator

Nathan came to us directly from the Navy and we thank him for his service.  He is the pleasant voice that you hear on the phones and greets you when you come in.  Sadly, Nathan will be pursuing his college degree and will be leaving us in the Fall.



Miguel, our most recently added hygienist, graduated from the Moreno Valley Dental Hygiene Program.  We feel lucky that he has accepted our hygiene position and has become a vital part of our team.


Ruben has been with our team since 2012 after graduating from Milan Institute and San Joaquin Valley College in Ontario with his hygiene degree. When he is not providing outstanding hygiene care to our patients, he leads a youth Group at World Harvest Church in his hometown of Indio.


Steve came to us in 2015. He has built a reputation as a knowledgeable hygienist with great skill and touch, an upbeat manner, practicing now for nearly 25 years.  He is a father of three amazing children and he and his partner are parents to three amazing 4-legged kids!



Diego loves being a dental assistant and enjoys helping patients with their dental concerns.  He is a proud husband, married to his beautiful wife, Anabel. They have 3 children, Mya, Leilene and Jayden. Diego looks forward to meeting you!


Vanessa moved to the Desert in 2016 with her husband, Alfden, and their 1 furbaby. Vanessa is a Registered Dental Assistant since 2003. Spending time getting to know her patients allows her to understand their expectations with the hope of exceeding them during their visit.


Sandy is a Registered Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions and Extended Duties. She has earned her RDAEF2 certification at Loma Linda University and graduated at the top of her class. Sandy enjoys hiking, camping, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends, as well as volunteering her time helping those with dental needs!


Victoria comes to us with many years of experience in oral surgery.  She is vital in maintaining our sterilization area and assists Dr. Tom with emergencies.


Erin just joined our team to assist Dr. Tom and Dr. LeBard.  She brings to us 6 years of chairside skills and her love of working with our patients.





Dear Valued Patients:

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety, as well as the safety of our team that serves you.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to or exceed each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect you and our team.

  • We will communicate with you via text shortly before your appointment to ask some screening questions. We will not see you if you have a fever over 100.4, persistent cough or sneezing.
  • Whenever possible, we request that you come alone to your visit to reduce the number of people in our waiting room. Feel free to call us for exceptions.
  • We do not require that you wait in your vehicle or outside prior to your appointment. If you prefer, just text or call us and let us know that you have arrived and are waiting in your vehicle or are outside.
  • Everyone entering the office is required to wear face masks at all times except during your dental treatment.
  • Our clinical team all wear required PPE for your protection as well as theirs.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand disinfectants in the treatment areas and checkout areas for you to use as needed.
  • We have installed clear barriers in the business area between you and our business team.
  • You may notice that we have reduced the seating capacity in our waiting room, as well as removed all magazines.  The area is sanitized often throughout the day.
  • Each area is equipped with HEPA air purifiers that removes 99.9% of aerosol particulates.
  • Your hygienist or assistant will record your temperature using a contactless thermometer prior to being seated.
  • You will be asked to rinse with a diluted amount of peroxide prior to and after your procedure.

 We look forward to seeing you again soon and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (760) 416-1003 or text us at 760-416-1003.

Thank you for taking the time to read about how we are taking every precaution to keep you and your team safe.  We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back. If you are a new patient to our practice, Welcome and thank you for choosing us for your dental needs.

Drs. Shepherd, Tom and the Entire Palm Springs Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Team