When I was younger in school, all my teachers recognized that I had an aptitude for science and math. I was not talented in Shakespeare. I still can't really read it well. I had an aptitude and love for science. I went to USC undergrad. I was a biology major. I loved it there. I was in my groove. I met a lot of people when I went to college. I met a lot of dental students. The dental students I met undergrad influenced me to think about dentistry. Also, I took a class, an art class, airbrush painting, and the teacher recognized that I had some skills with my hands, that I was good with color, and suggested that I think about going to dental school. He was right. I took an introduction to dentistry class undergrad and I loved it. I fell in love with dentistry. It was a combination of everything that I love: art, sculpture, working with color. There's a lot of science to dentistry. You get to be a doctor. I love people. I knew I wanted to be in a profession where I could work with people, not behind a desk with a computer. I wanted a profession where I could help people, and where I could fix things, and make people smile. Dentistry encompasses all of that.
Dr. Victoria Shook has owned and operated Shook Dental Care since 2001. She worked in two practices before striking out on her own and starting her current private practice, where she enjoys providing the most personalized care possible to all of her patients.
Dr. Shook majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in German at the University of Southern California, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. She obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University before becoming a dentist in San Pedro.
She regularly attends continuing education courses. She is a member of the Campus Learning program at the respected Spear Education institute, where she receives training in the most up-to-date treatment techniques, including Facially Generated Treatment Planning. Her advanced education includes courses in endodontic therapy, Invisalign, advanced cosmetic dentistry, and laser dentistry. She has also received extensive implant prosthetics training with the Implant Study Club.
Her professional affiliations include:
- The California Dental Association (CDA)
- The American Dental Association (ADA)
- The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The American Academy of Clear Aligners
- The Academy of General Dentistry
In her free time, she enjoys taking walks with her family and her dog, hiking, working out and doing Pilates, cooking, watching Downton Abbey, and learning about European and ancient Egyptian history.