Building a Small-Town Practice through Generational Dentistry

They say once an Alamedan, always an Alamedan.

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard and new associate, Dr. Adam Shaffer, would know.

While both have lived, worked, and studied elsewhere, from Los Angeles to Ohio, coming back to practice dentistry in their beloved home town was a natural step.

“I grew up on the Island and was even a patient of this dental practice many years ago,” Dr. Thenard says. “Today, my friends and acquaintances from as far back as elementary school come in to have their kids’ teeth checked.”

Dr. Shaffer was also a patient of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry growing up and is grateful to work with Dr. Perry, who established the practice decades ago and whose community leadership, child advocacy, and philanthropy continue to shine a light on the city of Alameda. Dr. Shaffer recently moved back to Alameda with his fiancée.

“I feel fortunate to work in my hometown, and this office is definitely where going to the dentist made a positive impression on me early on,” Dr. Shaffer says. “The patients here enjoy a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s the type of trust you can only achieve in a small town like Alameda.”

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry hygienist, Portia Weiman, couldn’t agree more. An avid traveler, she’s kept Alameda as home base in order to raise her kids in a unique, family-friendly environment. As the landscape of South Shore Center changes around the office, as the city welcomes revitalization on major avenues, and even as the office itself expands its rooms in continual growth, something essential remains unchanged.

“I was raised in Alameda and I’ve worked with Alameda Pediatric Dentistry for 23 years,” Weiman says. “There is something to be said about a practice when the staff who greet you at the door and on the chair want to be here. There is a level of care and quality that goes beyond dental hygiene. It speaks to caring – about the people we work with and the people we work for.”


  1. Lourdes A. Loera says:

    I believe I remember Dr. Shaffer when he was a patient at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry…. I worked there for ten years and by far is the only office I can speak of high level of professionalism and high care to their patients……


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