Dr Andrea Shepperson
Dr Andrea Shepperson is one of New Zealand's best known dentists and speakers. A practising clinician for nearly 40 years in Auckland, New Zealand, she understands the hearts and minds of dentists and their problems.
Andrea is the owner of a dedicated training facility on Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand. She runs 1, 2 and 3 day events for clinicians with a strong focus on clear implementation and evidence to support clinical strategies. She brings a wealth of international knowledge, networking and high level engagement with some of the leading dentists and teaching centres of the world. In addition she focuses on technology and changing global trends shaping the industry.
She is a Mentor and Alumni of the internationally renowned Kois Center in Seattle, USA, New Zealand's only Digital Smile Design KOL and Master, running New Zealand's first DSD Clinic. She is an Honorary Life Member of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Global Ambassador for Slow Dentistry.
She released her textbook in 2023 - Managing Tooth Wear- A Comprehensive Guide for General Practitioners. She is a contributing author to Practical Procedures In Aesthetic Dentistry, and has been involved in scientific and clinical publications, webinars and expert panels in the development of dentistry.
Dr Shepperson's motivation comes from a drive for clarity amongst the complex, future mindedness and optimism for her patients, and beauty and excellence in the things she delivers. As a young dentist, she searched for advanced education internationally from her early years, bringing a world view to her work.
Preferring the ocean and nature as a place to think, write and research dentistry, she has a knack of translating complex concepts into practical strategies for clinicians and patients. Dentists often say "Can we bottle what you say" or "Say that again please" , in patient communication she is an authentic and empathic communicator. Satisfying patient needs from all walks of life, she is a problem solver, innovator and authentic provider of care for patients from many walks of life. Those patients who value longevity, wellness and a true understanding of their needs seek her services; and those dentists who value empathy and authenticity value her insight.
The desire to practise dentistry at the highest level has led to close connections with dental industry leaders and some of the worlds great clinicians in dentistry. Andrea is a global opinion leader for Ivoclar Vivadent Ltd, a Digital Smile Design KOL and a mentor at the Kois Centre in Seattle. This gives her insight into the latest research and developments in her field.
Recognised for her comprehensive and full mouth approach to care she is sought after to participate in global events and give inspiring keynote addresses to organisations.
Start Up Success
Dr Andrea Shepperson started her own practice as a greenfield site four years after graduation, shortly after the 1987 sharemarket crash. Her success came from seeing opportunities as the dental landscape changed. Her determination, being an early adopter, access to international mentors, a best practice philosophy and a commitment to extraordinary customer service are key elements of her success.
Andrea has encountered every challenge faced by a dentist in business. She completed 3 start ups over the course of 20 years, and finally sold her practice to Lumino The Dentists in 2007. The dental landscape continues to change rapidly and her responsiveness, understanding of technology in dentistry, and workforce and consumer shifts allows her to help dentists prepare for the future.
Leading with Intent
Dr Andrea Shepperson has been in leadership roles since her early career. She has Chaired a number of organisations and been a media face of dentistry over 30 years. Her clinical reputation and commercial acumen resulted in governance positions in a number of organisations.
Andrea has a strong desire to give back to the dental community. She has had the benefit of extraordinary teachers throughout her career, and brings the importance of quality dental education, and mentorship to her younger peers.
Andrea established GO and Launch, both Best Practice training programmes for younger dentists.
"I did Andrea's course a few years ago now. She makes occlusion so simple and I found I could throw away many of the fears I had about changing people's bite prior to the course. This hugely impactful, highly educational, simple, practical course is one you can literally return to work and start applying the new knowledge."
Dr Andrea Copplestone, New Zealand
"Dr. Andrea Shepperson is a dedicated clinician and teacher who has devoted her life and passion to the teaching of precision, predictability and excellence in complex modern cosmetic dentistry. She is a tireless educator who has virtually single-handedly elevated the knowledge and practicing standard of New Zealand dentists by bringing knowledge and skills gleaned overseas back to Australasia. Andrea's approach is innovative and progressive. Her accessibility, approachability and thoughtfulness in not only in case assessments but also life, gives clinicians a calm and systematic approach to solving even the most difficult of cases.
Dr Clarence Tam, New Zealand
"Andrea is an internationally recognised speaker and an innovative clinician, who has a passion for her profession. She has fantastic communication skills and I find her very approachable should I need advice. The courses I have attended where Andrea has presented have all benefited my practice in some way."
Dr Matt Ross, Lead Dentist, New Zealand
"I have seen Andrea present on several occasions. She combines her extensive knowledge of dental procedures, materials & clinical techniques with examples of her beautifully executed smile design cases. Her presentations are always interesting, informative & inspiring."
Dr Andrea Clarke, New Zealand