Our Story

Auburn Dental Center - a General and Family Dentistry Practice!

Auburn Dental Center is the realization of a dream that started many years ago with a young dentist named David Shively, a native resident of Bakersfield, CA. After graduating from dental school in 1977, Dr. Shively returned to Bakersfield, where he practiced and built his skills under a general dentist, whom trained and mentored him into a full fledge, experienced dental practitioner.

Soon after, Dr. Shively decided to open his own practice and continued to take care of the residents of Bakersfield. His positive attitude and always cheerful demeanor allowed him to become a pioneer in the city where he grew up. Dr. Shively always wanted the best for his community and its people, continually providing the best care.

In the pursuit of this ideal, he searched long and hard for someone with the same drive and dedication he had towards people. That is when he met Dr. Roger Pham, an Orange County resident who happened to stumble upon Bakersfield by a little bit of luck.

The two, soon, became really good friends and realized that they shared a lot in common including how they like to treat patients; with dignity and respect.

Today, they both practice as partners and continue the vision of making Bakersfield a cavity-free city and Auburn Dental Center, a place where you can come and get an honest first (or second) opinion, judgment-free. And both of them are always looking to provide the most comfortable and comprehensive care by staying current on all of the latest technologies and proven techniques to improve oral health in the safest and most time-sensitive ways possible.

At Auburn Dental Center, we will continue to commit to a safe and stress-free environment where you know you can bring your family and friends as we will treat them the same as if they were our family!


We warmly welcome you to our office, where dedication to quality dental care and long-term relationships are valued. We restore, enhance, and maintain smiles for those living in Bakersfield, Hillcrest, and College Heights, and neighboring areas.

Our expertise and gentle care are ideally suited for family members of all ages and stages. We will take the time to thoroughly explain all treatment options, as we aim to be your allies in oral health. We want to help you feel empowered to make informed decisions about your oral healthcare.