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Comprehensive Dentistry in Half Moon Bay for over 30 years.

The Sheppard Family has been practicing dentistry in Half Moon Bay since 1978. They offer a number of different services, including routine cleanings, implants, root canals, and one day crowns.

Meet the Staff


About Us

The Sheppards have been practicing the art of dentistry in Half Moon Bay since 1978. They raised their children here, as have most of the staff. Dr. Brian Sheppard bought the practice in 2015, starting the second generation of dental care in Half Moon Bay. The Coastside community has always been one the Sheppards cared about, and one that they love taking care of. New families are always welcome. Whether they want to maintain their oral health, dental implants or artisan esthetic work, they can expect a relaxed, caring environment.

At Sheppard Family Dentistry we believe that the more a patient knows about their health, the more confident they will be in making decisions about their mouth. We use advanced technologies with top of the line intra oral cameras and digital radiographs. You can see all the information we are using to diagnose and maintain your oral health. We take the time to discuss all treatment options with you.

We always strive to enable our patients to achieve healthy mouths. In addition to regular cleanings, our office uses state of the art equipment including lasers, adhesion dentistry, and 1 day CEREC crowns. Bonded CEREC Crowns offer many advantages. Healthy tooth structure is preserved. CEREC cameras allow us to take impressions without goopy materials. A computer controlled milling machine fabricates the restoration during the appointment. The patient no longer requires a temporary, and leaves the office with a restored tooth. No need for a second appointment!

Meet the Team

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Dr. Brian Sheppard

Dr. Brian Sheppard graduated from San Jose State Univ. with his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He attended the University of the Pacific Dental School, graduating with his DDS in 2010. Brian completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in Juneau, Alaska. In November of 2011 he started working with his family and purchased the practice in 2015. He is an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, working with dental students volunteering their time at the Sonrisas Community Dental Center.

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Sandra Genochio, RDA

Sandra attended the College of San Mateo where she obtained her Registered Dental Assistant's License. She is a long time Coastsider who has lived here since 1961. Sandra has been employed by Sheppard Family Dentistry since 1980. Her spare time is gladly consumed by her husband Tom of 36 years, daughter Julie, mom Evelyn, and her favorite first granddaughter Bella. And her three Labradors. Sandra's motto is 'No outfit is complete without dog hair.' Her other interests include collector cars, reading, and walking, especially on the Coastside trails.


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Christine Granahan

I have been working with Sheppard Family Dentistry at the front desk since 1990. My husband Mike and I have lived most of our lives on the Coastside raising our 3 daughters. We are now enjoying watching our grandchildren grow, as I have enjoyed watching our patients grow and now their children. I think of our patients as family- so their dental health is important to me.

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Donna Murphey

Donna Murphey, RDH: I graduated from the University of Southern California in 1975 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. I've had the privilege to live and practice dental hygiene in Southern California and Australia before moving to the Coastside in 1993 with my husband and two sons. I have worked with Sheppard Family Dentistry since 1997. It is wonderful to be a part of an office that values excellent dentistry and enjoys working together. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, gardening, hiking and traveling, as well as, volunteering at Mariners Church, Sonrisas Dental Screenings and Rebuilding Together.