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Dr. Shelley D. Shults, CNP, DDS, D.ABDSM


Dr. Shelley Shults is truly a unique individual. Quadruple board-certified as a general dentist, registered nurse, family nurse practitioner (with study emphasis in sleep medicine and therapeutics), and dental sleep medicine provider, she brings a unique level of expertise and skill to every treatment and exam she provides. The only thing that matches her knowledge is her unbridled passion for improving the health of our patients, and you can start getting to know her by reading on below.

Dental Education & Background

Certificates and degrees on wall

Dr. Shults attended Wichita State University and received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1982. She went on to gain experience in neonatal nursing, community health nursing, internal medicine, urgent care, and out-patient care. In 2001, she obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University. In the years that followed, she furthered her education on a wide variety of dental topics, particularly sleep apnea care, and eventually, she graduated from South University with high honors with a Master of Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also quadruple board certified (BSN, DDS, ABDSM, CNP-BC), as well as a Diplomate with the AADSM (a distinguished honor, as there are less than 300 in the country.)

Why She Became a Dentist

Dr. Shults treating dental patient

After spending nearly 20 years as a nurse, why did Dr. Shults decide to go back to school to become a dentist? She became a dentist because of the opportunity to practice with a comprehensive whole-body-oral-systemic approach to health. She can combine her medical and dental knowledge along with her artistic talents to achieve both general dental and periodontal rejuvenation, provide excellent results with cosmetic esthetic single or complex cases, provide comprehensive prosthodontic rehabilitation including implant supported dentures of various types, and safely care for those who are anxious or medically compromised.

Dr. Shults enjoys problem solving health issues and has a strong medical referral base for those who are not connected within the medical system. Dr. Shults thrives on delivering care that surpasses the patient’s highest expectations while additionally practicing with honesty, integrity, highest value/quality, and enjoying the trust, friendship, and appreciation that patients express to us. Her patients are like her family and she always provides them with the same high quality and compassionate care that she would want to have.

Professional Affiliations

American Sleep and Breathing Academy logo American Association of Nurse Practitioners logo American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine logo American Academy of Sleep Medicine logo American Dental Association logo Columbus Dental Society logo Ohio Dental Association logo

Awards & Nominations

  • The Delta Dental Award
  • America's Best Dentist 2018
  • The American College of Prosthodontics Award
  • The Lewis and Richard Bausch Memorial Award
  • The Pierre Fauchard International Academy of Merit Award
  • The American Dental Association Practice Administration Award
  • The James “Fuzzy” Marquard Memorial Award
  • The International Paul Harris Fellow Award
  • The CDS Humanitarian Award Nomination
  • The March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year Nomination
  • Voted Top Dentist in Columbus Monthly Magazine 2011-2018

Life Away From the Dental Office

Dr. Shults and her husband with trumpets

When not at the office or lecturing for various educational groups in Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Shults likes to spend her free time playing music, specifically the trumpet and piano. She also enjoys cooking, taking pictures, reading, swimming, and traveling. She and her husband Kip have been married for over 44 wonderful years, and they have one daughter, Krista, and three beautiful grandchildren. Their daughter is actually the Office Manager at our practice, so you’ll be sure to meet her when you come to see us!

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