DO NOT GO HERE! This has to be the worst dentist office in Fort Wayne. They do not follow Covid guidelines and they are scamming insurance companies.
My daughter had work done that her new dentist said was completely unnecessary! Not only that our daughter screamed and she said he held his hand over her mouth and told her to shut up! This place should be avoided at all costs!
I took my kids here when they were really little and I regret every appointment. Every time I took my kids for a cleaning there was a cavity found. They do not allow you to come back with your child and every cavity fix is done with a numbing shot. One hygienist took it upon herself to lecture me on the amount of juice I gave my children, when I did not give my children juice. When I transferred my kids to my dentist they refused to give my daughter's records & I told my dentist to let them know I said I will be there in a half hour if they don't get them to you. They are shady! Looking back I should have left at appointment #1 & feel awful that I ever took them there. I warn every mother looking for a pediatric dentist about this doctor and his office. I would give zero stars if I could.
I'm 41 years old and my current dentist is retiring, so the office is asking patients to send messages and well-wishes. She's a lovely dentist who saved me after a traumatic experience with Dr. Shupe Sr. when I was a child. It prompted me to see if Dr. Shupe was still practicing. I see the practice is still open under his son, but that not much has changed as I read reviews (strapping kids down, refusing to allow parents to comfort crying children, etc.) I will never forget how scared I was after seeing Dr. Shupe and my parents could not get me to go to a dentist for a few years. They showed my parents and me films about dental care in this dark little theater-like room, and then told my parents to stay there, and they took me back. The chairs were all in a row, so you could see the other kids, and some were screaming so I got scared. They put me back in the chair and I looked over at a boy screaming in the chair beside me. So I naturally started to cry. Dr. Shupe came over and was angry that I was crying and he said, and I will NEVER forget this, "Do you want me to whip you with my tie?" For years I wondered if I'd imagined the tone in which he said it, but now, reading other peoples' experiences, I know I wasn't just imagining his tone as a scared kid. He said it angrily. It was scary. It scarred me. Dr. Shupe Sr. was sick for saying the things he did to children. I cannot speak for Dr. Shupe Jr., but reading recent reviews is seriously disturbing. My children both go to our family dentist. They are not strapped to a chair. I am never forbidden to accompany them if I request to do so, although I feel no need to because our current dentist is gentle and kind and my kids love her. I understand having a policy to try and treat certain age children without parental supervision; however, when a parent requests access to their child and is denied, that is a whole different concern, and it's really disturbing. What medical professional refuses a parent to have access to their child upon request? Or to comfort them? Why are kids being strapped to a chair when it is unnecessary to do so? It's barbaric. I pray Dr. Shupe Jr. is not as mean as his father, but the policies and methods folks have listed in recent reviews leads me to question whether the practice needs a serious overhaul. I would never take my children here. Ever. And I now feel vindicated seeing that I wasn't the only one. I wasn't crazy. Dr. Shupe Sr. traumatized some children. I was one of them. I don't take negativity lightly, and hate posting negative reviews about a specific person, but I feel deeply that what happened to me (and other children) wasn't okay. And I feel some closure in getting to share my experience publicly, outside of my immediate family, to whom I've talked for years about my experience. To anyone who has been traumatized by this dental practice, please know that kind dentists are out there. Get dental care. Don't give up. I had a whopping 9 cavities when I finally agreed to go back to a dentist. That was almost 30 years ago, and I haven't had an issue since. Use your gut, parents. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't.
The last time I went to his place was back in 2013 or 2014. I'm 12 now and I was very much younger back then. I remember when I first went there, I saw a girl younger than me walk out of there crying. I was a bit scared, but I didn't worry too much. I went in there and he started doing my teeth. But get this, he was purposely trying to bruise my teeth and I was screaming and crying. He even pushed me when I was laying in the patient's room by pushing my stomach very hard. He did it a few times. I think I only went there twice. One of those times, my lovely mother was coming. I sat up and Dr. Shupe yelled at me to lay down. How rude! 7 or 8 years later (which is today), I told my mother everything that happened. She was shocked. She also said that my younger brother went there too. I hope nothing happened to him! I showed her the Google reviews here too. Please DO NOT take your children here. As a child who went here, I should know what he's like. All of these reasons are why Shupe wouldn't let any children's parents come in the rooms. This man is a liar and a demon. This was a very traumatic experience as a child. Please send this man to prison. Just remember, God loves you.
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