Ryan Shepherd, DMD
Dr. Shepherd earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated Cum Laude and received the school’s award for Excellence in Esthetic Dentistry. Each year he completes extensive continuing education to stay up to date in current dental trends and new techniques. He has received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, periodontal surgery and oral surgery, and is a certified clinician for Lumineers®. He is a strong advocate of conservative and comprehensive dental care and has been featured as a top dentist in Albuquerque, as voted by his peers, in Albuquerque the Magazine for the last 5 years.
A native of Albuquerque, Dr. Shepherd graduated from Sandia High School before attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on full scholarship to study Musical Theatre. Dentistry is Dr. Shepherd's second career, having spent several years as a professional actor on Broadway in the shows West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, and CATS alongside his talented wife. After many years in NYC and on the road, Dr. Shepherd and his wife decided to settle down and build a family. In his transition from theatre to dentistry, Dr. Shepherd was selected as one of 35 students admitted to the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA after earning one of the top 20 scores in the nation on the Dental School Entrance Exam (DAT). As part of his training, Dr. Shepherd spent 2 years as a Harvard Medical student, giving him a broad background in medicine, and allowing him to expand his focus beyond the mouth to treat each individual as a whole.
After 17 years away from the Land of Enchantment, Dr. Shepherd returned to Albuquerque in 2008, when he founded Uptown Dental Associates with a clear vision of what he wanted his practice to be. He and his beautiful wife, Tamera, who have been married for 20 years, have two daughters, Lucy and Sophie. In his spare time he enjoys performing in local community theatre productions with his family, spending time outdoors, art, cooking, reading, traveling, being involved with his church, and “Friday Family Fun Nights” with his family.
Marc McRae, DDS
Dr. McRae joined Uptown Dental Associates in the spring of 2015 and has quickly earned the reputation of being a meticulous and excellent clinician, as well as a kind and witty man, even if he does tower over most patients at a lofty height of 6' 5". Dr. McRae earned his dental degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, where he made the Dean's list each semester and graduated at the top of his class. While there he received advanced training in implantology and oral surgery. He received several accolades during his training for endodontics (root canals) and oral surgery, including the award for Outstanding Achievements and Performance in Undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has also completed additional surgical training at University of Nebraska, Loma Linda, and UCSF Fresno.
Originally from Riverside, California, Dr. McRae earned his Bachelor's degree from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where he studied Biology. He also met and married his wife, Janelle, while there at SUU. Together they have four beautiful children, three boys and a girl. When not busy completing continuing education to further enhance his mastery of dentistry, Dr. McRae can be found enjoying time with his family and the experiencing everything the outdoors have to offer here in New Mexico.