Meet Dr. Erin Shah

My Story

Dr. Erin Shah grew up in the Midwest and Chicago before moving to San Francisco in 2011. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP) in San Francisco. She earned a Masters in Oral Sciences and completed her pediatric dentistry residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In residency, she worked with children with autism, complex medical conditions and severe dental needs. She was thrilled to return to the bay area to practice. She maintains privileges at Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Dr. Erin remains active in the dental profession, serving on the board and committees with the San Francisco Dental Society, and with the California Dental Association (CDA).  She has orchestrated volunteer efforts at numerous CDA Cares free dental care events throughout the state and volunteers for a variety of community dental outreach programs.  As a delegate to both the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association, she advocates for patients and families and the profession.  Dr. Shah was recently honored with fellowship in the prestigious International College of Dentists, passing a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”

Dr. Shah came from a home where preventive care was emphasized. Her mother suffered dental problems as a child and often times lacked access to regular care, only going to the dentist when in pain. Her mother vowed that her children would not have the same experience, and as a result Dr. Shah learned the value of establishing healthy dental habits early in life. Dr. Shah shares the belief that early prevention, interception, and education can be life-changing and result in positive dental experiences and a life-long healthy smile.

Dr. Shah lives in San Francisco with her daughter and husband. Dr. Shah has enjoyed all types of dance since she was a young girl, having studied ballet, tap, and various ethnic dances, including Bhangra, a lively Indian dance. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking together, enjoying the outdoors, playing board games, reading and traveling. Since she grew up singing and dancing, so don’t be surprised if she knows your favorite movie tune and sings with you!


  • University of Illinois at Chicago. (Certificate, MS)
  • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. (DDS)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program, Loyola University Chicago.
  • Columbia College Chicago (BA).


  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentists
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Attending, Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Francisco Dental Society