East Amherst Dentist

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Dr. Shannon McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy is completely dedicated to providing the highest quality holistic dental care and personal, one-on-one treatment that patients deserve. You can feel wholeheartedly confident when you rely on her as your dentist! She is especially good at caring for people who may struggle with anxiety or fear surrounding the dentist’s office. She and her team are well-known for being compassionate and providing straightforward, transparent answers to those in need. Interested in learning more about her? Continue reading below.

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Why Did You Decide to Become a Holistic Dentist?

Dr. McCarthy’s family member was diagnosed with a fatal neurological disease and the doctors had no answers to why a previously healthy person would be afflicted with a disease with no origins and no cures. This family member’s diagnosis turned her world upside down and started her on a journey to uncover root causes for disease. Learning about how the health of the mouth is vital to the rest of the body is something that is fascinating to Dr. McCarthy and she enjoys discovering new and innovative treatments to help keep her patients as healthy as possible. Continuing education is something that Dr. McCarthy is very passionate about and she spends hundreds of hours every year to improve her knowledge, especially involving the study of biologic dentistry and natural ways to keep healthy without pharmaceuticals.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Dr. McCarthy completed both her undergraduate degree in physical anthropology and her doctorate in dentistry at SUNY Buffalo. She is pending her Board Certified N.M.D. by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board and The American Naturopathic Medical Association after recieving advanced training throught the ACIMD. She is a holder of a Master Herbalist Diploma and working towards a diploma in Kisesiology and Iridology. She is also a Board Certified Dentist Anesthesiologist, a Vivos Airway Certified VIP Provider and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of The National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. She maintains active memberships in the following organizations:

  • International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine
  • Pending Diploma American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist Designation
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology – SMART Certified & Accredited
  • American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

When she isn’t busy practicing dentistry, Dr. McCarthy’s next biggest passion is dog rescue! She has fostered dozens of dogs who need a home after being rescued, and she even has two rescued standard poodles at home. She also really enjoys traveling extensively throughout the world and has completed many volunteer dental missions in other countries like Vietnam and Dominican Republic. Singing is a big hobby, too – she knows the words to tons of songs and often sings along while working!