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 27 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.

How it started
1990 - How it started

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.

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.

Heather Dille, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator

Heather, (fondly known as "Dille" because our office has two "Heathers") has been with our dental practice since 2005, and she has been a registered dental assistant since 2000. She is the backbone of our new patient experience and deftly crafts each day's schedule to maximize the time and attention we are able to give to each child and parent.

When Heather is not at work, she enjoys hiking, camping, the outdoors, the NFL, and the MLB. She's an avid A's fan and is all in for the Niners. She has two children and a husband to occupy what's left of her spare time.

Heather Alexander, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Heather (our bonus 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.

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

Certified Medical Assistant and Financial Coordinator

Katrena has been with our dental practice since 2019, and she is also a phlebotomist and a certified medical assistant.   

The best part of her job is investigating claims and getting them paid and seeing the wonderful children who come to our dental office. If there is a problem with insurance, she's relentless in getting you the benefits you've paid for. Her attention to detail and near eidetic memory mean she has details at the ready when an issue arises so she can deal with it as quickly, efficiently and (hopefully) painlessly as possible.

When Katrena is not at work, she enjoys watching her four boys play sports and arranging family game nights.

Kate Turner, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Kate 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. Kate is currently out on maternity leave, enjoying time with her husband and (now) three boys.

 

Alyssa Linville, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Alyssa is a former patient of Dr. Shelby's and joined our practice as a registered dental assistant in 2019. She received her degree in 2017. As a former patient, she has a unique insight into the benefits of our consistent, caring dental care in helping young kids grow up with positive attitudes toward dentistry. Alyssa's sweetness and gentleness wrap all her patients in her soft approach. Never rushed, always listening, she takes her cues from the children and encourages them as they take the next step in their care.

Alyssa is married with two children and spends most of her time playing with her kids.

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