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Meet Dr. Ryan Shepherd

After earning one of the top 20 scores in the nation on the Dental School Entrance Exam (DAT), Dr. Ryan Shepherd was selected as one of 35 students admitted to the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. There, he earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree, graduated Cum Laude, and received the school’s award for Excellence in Esthetic Dentistry.

As part of his training, Dr. Shepherd spent two years as a Harvard Medical student. This gave him a broad background in medicine and allowed him to expand his focus beyond the mouth to treat each individual as a whole.​ He has maintained this commitment to improving his knowledge and your quality of care throughout his career.

Each year, Dr. Shepherd completes extensive continuing education to stay up-to-date on the most current dental trends and techniques. He is a certified clinician for Lumineers® and has received advanced training in a variety of dental services, including:
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  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dental implants
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Oral surgery

Dr. Shepherd is a strong advocate of conservative and comprehensive dental care and has been featured as a Top Dentist in Albuquerque, as voted by his fellow dentists in Albuquerque the Magazine on five separate occasions.

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A native of Albuquerque, Dr. Shepherd graduated from Sandia High School before attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT on a full scholarship to study musical theatre. He spent several years as a professional actor on Broadway and on the road in shows like West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, and Cats alongside his talented wife, before deciding to settle down and build a family.

After 17 years away from the Land of Enchantment, Dr. Shepherd returned to Albuquerque in 2008, when he founded Uptown Dental Associates. Since opening his practice, he has maintained a clear vision of what he wants his practice to be.

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Unlike other dentists, Dr. Shepherd takes the time to get to know each patient. Because everyone has unique dental needs and smile goals, he provides a variety of treatments and will discuss all of your options with you before getting to work improving your smile. And because Dr. Shepherd doesn’t want financial stress to keep you from getting the dental care you need, he also accepts several convenient payment options.

Dr. Shepherd and his beautiful wife, Tamera, have been married for 20 years and have two daughters, Lucy and Sophie. In his spare time, he enjoys performing in local community theatre productions with his family, spending time outdoors, art, cooking, reading, traveling, being involved with his church, and “Friday family fun nights” with his family.