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.
Dr. Anthony Pham, DDS
Dr. Pham was born on the East Coast, but grew up in Northern California. He moved to Los Angeles for school and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science degree in Bioengineering. After moving home for a few years, he decided to return to UCLA to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. At the UCLA School of Dentistry, he earned various scholarships, awards and high honors, including the Academy of General Dentistry award, given to the student exhibiting the greatest interest, knowledge, and proficiency in the field of general dentistry. He then went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics in Santa Barbara where he was able to serve people from all different ages and backgrounds and received advanced training in all aspects of dentistry, with emphasis on complex and comprehensive treatment planning, root canal therapy, fixed and removable prosthodontics.
In his free time, Dr. Pham enjoys visiting amusement parks, attending music concerts, watching movies at the theater and traveling. He enjoys exploring nearby cities and loves to try out new restaurants and cuisines. As an avid sports fan, he will always root for his hometown Bay Area teams: the Golden State Warriors, the Las Vegas (Oakland!) Raiders, the Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks.
Patients enjoy his calm, welcoming, gregarious and down to earth personality. Dr. Pham strives to provide exceptional comprehensive care that is catered to each patient’s individual concerns, needs and desires.
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.
Meghan, Registered Dental Hygienist
Meghan is our part-time registered dental hygienist. She was born and raised in Oxnard. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention degree and went on to study Dental Hygiene at West LA College. She enjoys helping our patients attain a healthy smile that they are comfortable and confident with. In most of her spare time, she enjoys tending to her passions of cooking and baking. She also loves traveling, running, and spending time with family and friends.