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Dr. Sandy T. Shih, DDS

General Dentist

About Dr. SHIH

My love of science and desire to help people feel better both inside and outside led me to pursue a career in dentistry. To this day, these passions still drive the work I enjoy on a daily basis.

After receiving my undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, I moved to San Francisco to pursue a doctorate in dentistry at the University of California – San Francisco. I have been practicing dentistry since 2006 and joined Dr. Bianchi, who has a well-established reputation for delivering stellar family dental care, in 2015.

I enjoy building a foundation of trust by treating every patient as a unique individual. Some patients feel uneasy about visiting a dentist, so I do everything I can to deliver gentle treatment and make people feel comfortable. I am proud to say that I have converted quite a few dental-phobic individuals, of all ages, into enthusiastic patients who now love visiting our dental office!

As a mom to two young children, I know how parents can struggle to get their kids to brush their teeth. I am committed to making the dental visit a fun experience. I volunteer to visit preschools and elementary schools to educate youngsters about the importance of taking care of their precious smiles. I use puppets to teach children about the “sugar bugs and cavities." Delivering dental messages in a lighthearted, yet educational manner results in young children getting excited about caring for their oral health.

I am also very involved with the local San Francisco Dental Society, having served as a committee member in Peer Review, New Dentist Committee, and Community Dental Health Committee, Chair of the New Dentist Committee, and a Director of the Board. I am dedicated to giving back to our community by volunteering in various community projects that help underserved and disadvantaged populations gain access to dental care, such Project Homeless Connect, City Smiles Connect to provide dentures, San Francisco Unified School District Kindergarten dental screenings, and other public health fairs.

I enjoy getting to know every patient and endeavor to provide the highest quality, gentle care in a comforting, and nurturing environment."

Personal Interests

Dr. Shih and her husband, Paul, are parents to a young son and daughter, which keeps them on their toes—they love every minute of it! While running a private practice is more than a full-time endeavor, in her leisure time, Dr. Shih enjoys karaoke, yoga, scuba diving, travel, movies, and TV. She loves the multicultural aspects of San Francisco and mild weather, and she certainly does not miss shoveling snow half the year, growing up in Canada.


Dr. SHIH offers a full suite of comprehensive DENTAL services

General Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dental Implant Restoration

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Temporoman- dibular Disorders And Orofacial Pain Treatment

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What People Are saying About Dr. SHIH

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    Sandy Shih is the best dentist I've ever had. No, seriously: the best. There's no one in the world I trust more with my teeth. Besides the tooth fairy, of course.

    Michael D.

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    I have been going to see Dr. Bianchi, Noelle, Ana, and Annette for 17 years. They are the best! Dr. Shih is a great addition!

    Suzanne C.

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    I have been seeing Sandy since I moved to the city and she does an incredible job!!! Her staff is always very dedicated to making my visits effortless and fantastic.

    Baron S.

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    I LOVE SANDY SHIH!!!! She is an incredible person and an incredible dentist. Do yourself a favor and go see her, I bet you that you will not regret it.

    Holly E.

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    Dr. Sandy and her staff are beyond awesome. Overall extremely great service, extraordinarily clean, very trustworthy, and absolutely the best dental care I have ever had!

    Patrick L.

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    Dr. Sandy Shih was a true professional, she is gentle, has great bedside manners, and has executed every dental procedure I've needed over the past 5 years.

    Carlos S.

Education and Experience

Dr. Shih offers her patients cutting-edge technologies and techniques, which is made possible through continuing dental education. She regularly attends lectures, specialized training courses, and dental convention meetings. She is an active member of the San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS), California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. She also served on the Board of Directors of SFDS and was the recipient of its Committee Person of the Year award in 2011, and more recently participated in an SFDS panel seminar for new dentists and UCSF Alumni panel for dental students. Dr. Shih has also been a regular speaker for the San Francisco State University Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program.

  • 1999

    University of Toronto

    Hon.B.Sc. Toxicology

    Major Human Biology

    Minor Philosophy

  • 2002
    Dental Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

    University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

  • 2006
    Doctor of Dental Surgery

    University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Ocean Avenue Dentistry

2401 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
Monday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday 8:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

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