About RiverPark Dentistry
Meet the Dentist: Dr. Shelby P. Lapiad, DDS
Dr. 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 in 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 (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society (SBVCDS), and the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. She continually takes continuing education courses throughout the year to hone her professional skills as a dentist. She is also very honored to serve underserved patients as a volunteer dentist at various free dental clinic events held by the CDA throughout the year as well as participate in various community charitable events and fundraisers.
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 such as Invisalign.
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. Patients are drawn to her warm, friendly demeanor and cheerful, down-to-earth attitude. Patients especially love that she has small hands that provide a gentle, caring touch. She enjoys taking care of patients of all ages.
In her spare time, she enjoys exercising especially running, practicing yoga and pilates, and strength training, traveling, listening to audiobooks, watching TV shows and movies, and spending time with friends and family, especially with her husband, Leif, who is a teacher, and their three daughters.
She is currently accepting new patients of all ages ranging from one year old to 101 years old. She would love to work with you, your family, and your friends in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles.
Associate Dentist: Dr. Sahar Yaftaly, DMD
Dr. Yaftaly grew up in Simi Valley, CA. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Yaftaly attended the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, AZ where she received her D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and certificate in public health with a dental emphasis. She then returned to California to complete a 12-month General Practice Residency at the University of Southern California (USC), during which she treated Veterans in downtown Los Angeles and medically compromised patients at the LAC+USC Medical Center. She volunteers both locally and globally, and has participated in mission trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Yaftaly is committed to treating every patient like family and offers enthusiasm while providing quality comprehensive care. In her free time, Dr. Yaftaly enjoys spending time with family and friends, snowboarding, basketball, and trying new restaurants.
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 17 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 outdoors, and spending time with friends and family especially with their 3 daughters. He enjoys staying active by being involved with Israeli martial arts and playing and watching sports, especially football, basketball, baseball, and golf.
Pureza, Registered Dental Assistant
Pureza is our full-time registered dental assistant and has been in the dental field since 1995. She still enjoys growing and moving forward in the field of dentistry. She has a passion to help patients with their dental needs as well as helping create beautiful smiles. She has three children that keep her busy most weekends juggling their extracurricular activities. They love the outdoors, so they enjoy going camping, hiking and going to the beach. In her spare time she enjoys cooking healthy meals, reading, exercising, listening to music and spending quality time with her family.
Liz, Dental Assistant
Liz is our full-time Dental Assistant and is currently working on becoming certified as a Registered Dental Assistant. She has been in the dental field for over 15 years. Her joy comes from helping patients with their smiles. She is continually learning by attending dental education courses so she can better serve the patients’ needs. She is a proud mom of seven and enjoys doing spontaneous things with her children. Their favorite things to do are camping, going to the beach, and long drives. She herself enjoys cooking, dancing, and just being adventurous.
Leanne, Dental Assistant
Leanne is our part-time dental assistant and she helps both in the front office as well as assisting with dental patients. She earned her dental assistant certificate at Oxnard College and strives to become a Registered Dental Assistant. She graduated from CSULA in May 2017 as a Studio Arts major and Business minor. She loves learning new things and giving back to the community. Her hobbies include making pottery, going to the movies, and spending time with family.
Jessica, Registered Dental Hygienist
Jessica is our full-time Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from USC in 2014. She enjoys being able to help patients learn about how to keep their oral hygiene the best that it can be. Originally from Chino Hills, CA, she recently moved to the RiverPark neighborhood in January 2018. She lives a happy and healthy lifestyle, enjoying being active via land and sea, traveling around the world, and spending time with her family.
Tina, Registered Dental Hygienist
Tina is our part-time Registered Dental Hygienist who has been working in the dental field for the past three years. She graduated from the Oxnard College Dental Hygiene Program in 2015 and also completed a dental assisting program in 2013. She has an enthusiastic view when it comes to dentistry. Currently, she resides in Ventura County and works with us part-time on Fridays and Saturdays.