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Get to Know Shirley E. Mathew, DDS, FAGD, Diplomate ABDSM

Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?

From the time she was a young child, Dr. Mathew loved drawing, painting, and doing other sorts of crafts directly with her hands. Additionally, she was fascinated by biology and human physiology as she grew up but wanted to make sure that her chosen career would leave enough time for family. Dentistry turned out to be the perfect way to apply science in a practical way to people’s lives while still maintaining normal hours for a healthy work/life balance.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Dr. Mathew is originally from Trivandrum Kerala, India, where she attended high school and college. She then pursued her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. She is proud to be a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, which is an honor that involves over 500 hours of continuing education and the successful completion of a rigorous, comprehensive examination. She has also pursued advanced training in dental implants, sleep medicine, and orthodontics at the Academy of GP Orthodontics. She is currently a member of the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Academy of GP Orthodontics
  • American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry
  • Diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

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

Dr. Mathew is married to Shaji Mathew, who is the practice administrator here at Creekview Family Dentistry! They have one son named Joshy who is a biochemist and also works with marketing at the dental office. When she isn’t busy at work, her personal hobbies include cooking, gardening, and reading whenever she has the opportunity. She’s a lifelong learner and is constantly looking for new opportunities to grow her skills even further for the benefit of her valued patients.