Meet Dr. Ryan Shepherd

After earning one of the top scores in the nation on the Dental School Entrance Exam (DAT), Dr. Ryan Shepherd attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, where he also spent two years as a Harvard Medical student. Graduating from Harvard Cum Laude, Dr. Shepherd earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree, receiving the school’s award for Excellence in Esthetic Dentistry.

Raised right here in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Shepherd graduated from Sandia High School in 1992 before attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT on a full scholarship to study musical theatre. Before attending dental school, he spent several years as a professional actor on Broadway and in the National Tours of the Broadway hits West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, and CATS alongside his talented wife, Tamera, before deciding to settle down and start a family.

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

Unlike other dentists, Dr. Shepherd takes the time to get to know each patient. Because everyone has unique dental needs and goals, he provides a variety of treatments and will discuss your options with you before getting to work on 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.

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®, Invisalign, and the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, and has received advanced training in a variety of dental services, including:

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  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Dental implants
  • TMJ Therapy
  • Botox and Facial Fillers
  • Oral surgery

As a strong advocate of conservative and comprehensive dental care, Dr. Shepherd 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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Dr. Shepherd and his beautiful wife, Tamera, have been married for over 20 years and have two daughters, Lucy and Sophie. You may occasionally catch him onstage locally, where he enjoys performing in musical theatre productions with his family. He is an avid traveler, trying desperately to visit every nook and cranny of this beautiful planet. And he spends a great deal of time serving in his church. When not taking care of patients, traveling the globe, performing onstage or helping out at church, you may find Dr. Shepherd reading in his hammock, cooking, creating artwork, watching movies or enjoying “Friday Family Fun Nights” with his family. He also has an insatiable sweet tooth.