Rachel K. Shaw, DMD | 378 East 400 South, #1, Springville | (801) 489-9456 | springvilledentistry.com
Deep down, Dr. Rachel K. Shaw knew a life in dentistry was where she would end up. Dentistry is in her blood.
“My dad and his brother are dentists and we have dentists and orthodontists all over the family,” she says. “Deep down I knew it was a possible fit for me.”
However, when she first started at BYU, her plan was to be a pediatric physician. But that didn’t feel right. A chemistry professor suggested she look at academia and research. That didn’t quite work either.
“The second I started studying for the DAT (Dental Admission Test), things fell into place,” she says.
After finishing top of her class at Midwestern University Dental Institute in Glendale, Arizona, she returned to Utah and began practicing at Springville Dentistry — a full-service clinic that includes four other dentists, Dr. Richard W. Francis, Dr. Kyle R. Marshall, Dr. Eric L. Swenson and Dr. Tyler Nelson.
“This has been a great fit for me,” she says. “I am able to practice all areas of dentistry in an environment that makes patients comfortable and offers them the best service possible.”
Dr. Shaw welcomes the patient-first approach that already existed at Springville Dentistry and has appreciated the chance to always do what’s best for the patient.
“The advice I give my patients is the same I would give a family member,” she says. “I really try to treat them the same way I would treat a member of the family. I give responsible care and educate them on how they can minimize dental concerns throughout their lives.”
Dr. Shaw offers in-office IV sedation and other solutions for patients delaying treatment due to dental anxiety. She also believes communication is key to the patient experience.
“Some want it to just be quiet and dark and get through what needs to be done,” she says. “Others appreciate me talking them through the procedures. I like to visit with them before and find what would make them feel most comfortable.”
Dr. Shaw lives in Spanish Fork and looks forward to spending part of her office hours at the clinic’s future Spanish Fork location — scheduled to open within the year near the new Spanish Fork Hospital.
“We want to make it as convenient for our patients as possible,” she says. “A second location gives patients more flexibility in when and where they receive their dental care.”
Dr. Shaw loves the joy that practicing dentistry brings to her and the patients she treats.
Start ‘Em Young
Good dental habits begin early. Dr. Rachel Shaw suggests parents bring children to the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth — and then every six months after that.
“It will make them more comfortable with dental care and establishes a pattern of care that will help them their entire life,” she says.