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Meet Your Dentist
Dr. Sheila Nguyen

Providing pediatric dental care in Palo Alto since 2017

Dr. Sheila Nguyen has over a decade of pediatric dental experience practicing throughout northern California and Hawaii and has primarily practiced in Palo Alto since 2017.  She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she was one of 10 graduates selected to be inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society.  After dental school, Dr. Sheila Nguyen underwent Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) training on the Big Island of Hawaii, followed by a 3-year Masters of Science and Certificate residency program in Pediatric Dentistry back at UCSF, where she was selected Chief Resident of her class.  


Before embarking on her dental career, Dr. Nguyen attended the University of California San Diego (UCSD), graduating with a degree in Human Biology.  While at UCSD, Dr. Sheila Nguyen managed a student-run free dental clinic for the underserved, and her inspiration to become a dentist was solidified when she saw the difference having a dental home can make to a person’s life.  Throughout college, Dr. Sheila Nguyen was also a student-athlete, specializing in the 400m hurdles, and was Team Captain for the UCSD Track & Field Team, from which she learned the importance of support and teamwork, of dedication and commitment, and most of all, of conquering the next hurdle. 


A Bay Area native and graduate of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Dr. Sheila Nguyen is happy to have returned to her roots to provide high quality pediatric dental care to Palo Alto and the surrounding communities.  When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Sheila Nguyen is most likely outside – running, hiking, or surfing; she loves all sports (especially the Warriors) and all outdoor activities.  On the Big Island of Hawaii, Dr. Nguyen was the local high school’s Hurdles Coach and plans to be out on the track coaching again someday.  Dr. Sheila Nguyen also enjoys volunteering and traveling abroad to go on dental outreach trips and has provided services in Mexico, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Education, Credentials & Certifications


American Board of Pediatric Dentistry


Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), Lutheran Medical Center – Hawaii

Pediatric Dentistry, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)


High School Diploma, Saint Francis High School

BS, Human Biology, University of California San Diego (UCSD)

DDS, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

MS, Oral & Craniofacial Services, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)


California and Hawaii


Oral Conscious Sedation Certificate, Dental Board of California

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

Patient Testimonials

“Our son saw Dr Sheila for a cavity filling today. Our son is autistic and has ADHD as well as high anxiety. She did a great job keeping him calm and telling him everything to expect. The assistant also helped alleviate his fears. They worked diligently to ensure comfort and to make sure he knew everything.”

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