Our goal is to provide exceptional dental care for infants, children and adolescents. We are committed to leading our profession in the special oral health care interests of children and being the primary oral health care provider for the pediatric and adolescent population in the Southwest Virginia.
Working with kids and parents
We love kids and we want the best possible outcome for your child. Our number one responsibility is the safety and well being of your child as well as providing a child and adolescent friendly environment. Our office features kids decor, an open bay, private treatment areas and TVs, along with child and adolescent sized chairs and equipment. We want your child to have a positive attitude towards dental care and we will work to make the experience as positive and pleasant as possible. Our team explains every step of the dental care process in child friendly, age appropriate terms that help to make children not only feel comfortable but also makes them a part of their care.
You are welcome to be present during your child's treatment if desired. We have many parents who stay with their child for an entire treatment or check in on them from time to time. The only exception that we make is that parents cannot remain with their child while their child is under general anesthesia. You are encouraged though to be with your child while he or she is awake and going to sleep.
Dr. Sheppard's experience and specialty training places him in a position to guide you and your child through your child's treatment phases as well as growth and development challenges as they may arise. We make every effort to keep parents fully informed and encourage questions at all times. We want parents to have the same comfort level as we strive to achieve with your child.
Your Dental Home
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children establish a dental home by the age of one year or six months from the eruption of the first tooth. We encourage you to consider Roanoke Pediatric Dentistry as your child's dental home. We are devoted to the prevention of dental disease and as your child's dental home, with early involvement and enrollment in a comprehensive and continuing care program, your child will have the best chance to be decay-free. In addition, with monitoring of facial growth and development, your child's orthodontic concerns will be minimized.
About Dr. Sheppard
Dr. Sheppard grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. After graduation, Dr. Sheppard studied at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Sheppard then joined the U.S. Navy as a commissioned Dental Officer and practiced general dentistry for four years in multiple hospitals and deployed around the world with the U.S. Marines. While in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Sheppard completed additional training in a one year General Practice Residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Sheppard separated from the U.S. Navy in 2010 to pursue his interest as a specialist of pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Sheppard graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry upon completing two years of advanced education and training in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Sheppard served as Chief Resident during his final year of residency. Dr. Sheppard is a board certified pediatric dental specialist, certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Sheppard continues his education through memberships to dental associations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, Piedmont Dental Society, Roanoke Valley Dental Society, and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Sheppard is on staff at the following:
Dr. Sheppard is on faculty for the Carilion Dental General Practice Residency Program and enjoys teaching the residents of the program. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a Diplomate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Corey J. Sheppard and his wife, Erin Sheppard, D.V.M., have three children, Grace, Levi and Mila. They have now made the Roanoke Valley their home.
We strive to make our office welcoming and child-friendly. Our Roanoke office features a safari theme.