Dr. Shelby Smith
Kids Love Us, Parents Trust Us.

Meet the Team at Shelby J. Smith DDS MS

 

 

At Dr. Shelby's office, we offer comprehensive dentistry and orthodontics for children of all ages and all walks of life. Kids love us and parents trust us because we spend the time getting to know you and your child. We take the time to explain the sometimes complex and overwhelming details of dentistry so that you can make informed decisions. 

Our goal is to educate, empower, and inspire your child to care about his or her teeth and be proud of their smile. We also love to spend time educating you—the parent or guardian—about best practices for your child’s at-home care between dental visits, helping you feel inspired and empowered to keep your child’s teeth healthy into adulthood.

We want your child to love the dental office and look forward to their dental exams and teeth cleanings. If your child needs braces, we also want them to feel confident while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

At Dr. Shelby's, we enjoy spending time with children and their families. If we can provide information or education that leads to better oral health for your child—and a healthy smile for life—we find the time spent well worth it! Besides, we enjoy talking to our patients and their families.

If you would like to learn more about the compassionate team at Dr. Shelby's, or if you would like to schedule an exam for your child, contact a friendly team member today.

Meanwhile, read through a few of the bios below to learn more about the dental professionals who are anxious to meet you and your child today!

Shelby Smith, DDS, MS

Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist

To Educate, Empower, and Inspire.

Dr. Shelby Smith received her DDS degree at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1990. Having found her joy in working with children, she went on to UCLA, where she earned her Masters in Oral Biology and took specialty training in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. While there, she also completed a fellowship in treating children with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Moving back to her hometown after college, she began practicing in Antioch in 1993, specializing in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for the past 29 years. Wanting to give back to those who don't have access to care, she worked as the staff Pediatric Dentist at the Alameda County Medical Center Eastmont Dental Clinic, where she specialized in behavior management cases and served as a pre-doctoral instructor for UCSF dental students. In 2010, Dr. Shelby was asked by the Dental Board of California to serve as an Orthodontic Expert on their Peer Review Board. She was responsible for helping ensure that the public is being served by dentists who are ethical and who practice according to the standard of care.

Dr. Shelby plays a very active role in the dentistry community and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the California Association of Orthodontists, the Contra Costa Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.

Dr. Shelby is married with five adult children. She credits her children with keeping her young and giving her the ability to see the humor in every situation.

As a dental practitioner, Dr. Shelby and her staff work hard to deliver dentistry in a fun, caring, and efficient manner, and to work with patients and families towards a lifetime of dental care.  She loves seeing the surprise on a patient’s face when they complete their orthodontic treatment. Comparing their final result with their “before” picture is always a wow moment for both patient and doctor.

Niki Boloorchi, DDS

Dentist and Dental Anesthesiologist

Dr. Negar “Niki” Boloorchi obtained her doctoral dental degree from USC School of Dentistry. After graduating, she went on to complete the two-year dental anesthesiology residency program at Loma Linda University. Dr. Niki has been exclusively treating young children for over 10 years and is very thorough in her approach and vigilant in her anesthesia adminsitration and monitoring. Because of her passion for children and healthy starts, Dr. Niki has added laser lip frenectomy and tongue tie release to the services she offers. To get more information about Dr. Niki and the services she offers you can visit her website HERE.

Above all, she loves working with children and getting know their families. She is a strong supporter of preventative dentistry and her mission is to create a safe and comfortable experience for her patients.

Dr. Niki is a proud member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Contra Costa Dental Society, and a is a fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. She is a continuing dental education provider for the California Dental Board and holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Kate Turner, RDAEF

Registered Dental Assistant with Extended Functions

Kate graduated from dental assisting school in 2011 and joined our practice just as we got back to work from the COVID shutdown in June 2020. She's been an invaluable addition to our team with her calm demeanor and invariably sunny disposition. With her years of experience in pediatric dentistry, she's a calm and reassuring presence for our many young and frightened patients.

Even with a husband and three boys at home, in 2022 Kate decided to further her education by attending University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry to obtain her Extended Functions license. This allows her to perform a wider variety of procedures such as placing fillings after Dr. Shelby removes the decay. We're very excited to see Kate thrive in her new role!

Kate has no free time.

 

Heather Alexander, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Heather has been with the practice since 2006 and has been a dental assistant since 1996. Her extensive experience makes her an invaluable mentor for new staff members and a familiar face for our families, especially as we are blessed to be treating the next generation of patients.

She finds being able to help our patients' quality of life is the most rewarding part of her job. She loves easing our patients' fears and creating a pleasant dental experience while enhancing their health and boosting their confidence and self esteem. Seeing patients smiling and happy when they leave means it's been a job well done.

When she's not at the office, she enjoys gardening, yoga and meditation. She enjoys hiking with friends and BBQ-ing with family.

Jenny Smith, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Jenny joined the practice in 2008 and got her RDA degree in 2010. She has always worked in pediatrics and has a love of educating both parents and children in good oral health. Jenny will often spend 30 minutes or more helping parents come up with a personalized prevention strategy that fits in with their lifestyle. Because Jenny attends many continuing education classes with Dr. Shelby, she is also well versed in the treatments that the doctors recommend and able to explain them in depth.

Jenny is married with five adult children and enjoys reading, skiing, hiking, backpacking and her dog, Penny.

Jamie Moore, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Jamie received her dental assistant training at Loma Vista Adult Education in 2009 and has been with the practice since 2013. She worked as a special needs assistant for the school district for many years prior to becoming a registered dental assistant and working with children has always been a passion of hers. She enjoys interacting with children and parents and watching our patients and families grow. Behind the scenes, she does the majority of our laboratory work, printing 3D models and fabricating athletic mouth guards, clear retainers and aligners and night guards.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband. You can find them going on adventures, at softball games and working on their house.

Lauren Heath, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Lauren has been a member of our dental team since 2018 and she received training at Carrington College. The best part of her job is helping scared or uneasy children understand and allow for treatment. It makes her day when they come to their next dental appointment confidently and unafraid. Lauren is the architect of such kid-friendly phrases as "double parked" teeth, the "Superman" cape, and "Spiderman" floss. She's a never ending source of new and creative ways to help kids enjoy their time here (and help their teeth be so "Fancy!")

When Lauren is away from work, you can find her at softball tournaments, cheer competitions, and basketball games with her three active children. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and going to the beach. If you run into her in the outdoors, she encourages you to say hello!

Sara Just, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Sara has been with the practice since 2018 and received her education at Western Career College in 2006.

The best part of her job is being around kids and helping them find their smiles. Sara is our office cheerleader, invariably in a good mood and encouraging everyone. She's a bundle of energy and helps keep us all on our toes.

When she's not at work, she's spending time with her three children adventuring, watching movies and playing games.

Katrena Misquez, CMA

Insurance Benefits Coordinator Certified Medical Assistant

As our Insurance Benefits Coordinator. Katrena “Trena” is our patient advocate serving as a liaison between our dental practice and your dental benefits company. She specializes in both dental and medical insurance and prides herself on learning your plan and maximizing your plan. Trena has a long history in the dental field, starting at a dental lab in 1995 then moving into the Front Desk Position in 2001. She continued her training and became a Certified Medial Assistant and Licensed Phlebotomist. Her goal is to educate you on your dental benefits, answer any questions you have regarding your procedure, and help you prepare you for your upcoming treatment.

Away from the office, Trena enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 sons, their dog and family. When she is not at work you may find her supporting her nieces at their softball games or home spending time with family.

Kim Madrigal, RDA

Patient Coordinator

Kim has been in the dental field since 1997 and received her dental assisting degree from Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Concord. She worked as a chairside dental assistant for ten years and gradually moved to the front office, joining our office in 2022. She has experience in endodontics, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She is very excited to join us and loves being around the kids, especially being part of their "first's". Sometimes comforting parents at first dental visits, sometimes encouraging kids through their first fillings but always happy to see them leaving with a smile on their faces and a proud "I did it!".

When she is not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her  3 very active kids, supporting them in cheer, baseball, softball and dance. She loves the outdoors and the ocean is her peace.

Kaila Cutshaw

Scheduling Coordinator

Kaila has been in the Dental/Orthodontic field since June of 2020 working as a scheduling coordinator. She enjoys building relationships with kids and their parents and helping everyone feel welcome as they enter our office. Kaila has 15+ years of experience being a youth mentor to Elementary, Jr. high and High school students. She strives to ensure all kids feel worthy and know they are loved. 
 
When she is not at work, you can find her on the ball field. Kaila spends most of her free time volunteering for East County Little League as the VP of Baseball. Her two boys keep her busy with sports & school activities but on their free weekends they enjoy exploring new adventures together. She also enjoys photography and plays the piano during her free time. 
 
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Dr. Smith is amazing with my 3 boys! She puts them instantly at ease and catches issues early on to save us time and money later on. The entire office staff is welcoming and professional. So lucky we found this office.

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