About RiverPark Dentistry
Meet the Dentist: Dr. Shelby P. Lapiad, DDS
Dr. Shelby Padua Lapiad was born in Camarillo and raised in Oxnard, where her family still resides. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine and obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry with high academic and clinical merit. At UCLA, she received various dental awards and scholarships including the Excellence in Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics, which is an award for excellent crown and bridge dental work in the dental clinic. She also became a member of the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, which only accepts the top of the dental school class. She then completed a competitive one-year General Practice Residency (GPR) Program at the VA Long Beach Medical Center’s Dental Clinic, where she had the privilege of providing dental care to military veterans while receiving advanced dental training in implant placement, extractions, root canals, complex comprehensive dental treatment, and dealing with complex medical issues in regard to dental treatment. She has extensive experience working as a dentist in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
She is a proud member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society, and the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. She is continually takes continuing education courses throughout the year to hone her professional skills as a dentist.
She offers a wide range of services such as prevention, dental fillings, crowns, bridges, cosmetic dentistry, tooth bonding, veneers, dental implant placement surgery, implant crown restorations, root canals, extractions, partial and complete dentures, dentures over implants, periodontal (gum) treatment, laser dental therapy, teeth whitening, pediatric dentistry, and invisible braces.
Being from the area, she has seen how Ventura County has improved over the years and is thrilled to lend her skills to the place that she has always called “home.” She loves being a dentist because it merges her desire to help others, nurtures her artistic nature by creating beautiful smiles, and incorporates her strong scientific background. Seeing the wonderful results in patients’ healthy smiles is extremely rewarding drawn. Patients are to her warm, friendly demeanor and cheerful, down-to-earth attitude. Patients especially love her small hands and her gentle, caring touch. She enjoys taking care of patients of all ages.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, working out, traveling, reading, watching TV shows and movies, and spending time with friends and family, especially her husband, Leif, who is a teacher, and their two daughters.
She is currently accepting new patients of all ages ranging from 1 year old to 101 years old. She would love to work with you, your family, and friends in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles.
Meet the Staff
At RiverPark Dentistry, our staff is caring, attentive, and friendly. They will listen to and accommodate your needs. They will go above and beyond to make you feel at ease, comfortable, and well taken care of to make sure your visit is as pleasant as possible. We treat you like family.
Star, Front Office Administrator
Star has been in the dental field since 1991 as a dental front office administrator. She has been married for 13 years with two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She loves giving back to the community by volunteering and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in various marathons.
Leif, Front Office Administrator
Leif is Dr. Lapiad’s husband, who is a full-time school teacher and helps run his wife’s dental practice part-time. He loves travelling, being in the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family especially with their daughter. He enjoys staying active by exercising and playing and watching sports, especially golf, softball, basketball, and football.
Pureza, Registered Dental Assistant
Pureza has been an RDA since 1995. She has three athletic children that keep her busy most weekends juggling their sports schedule. Pureza and her children love the outdoors, so they enjoy going camping, hiking and going to the beach. In her spare time she enjoys cooking healthy meals, reading, listening to music and spending quality time with her family.