A Farewell from Dr. Kvarnstrom and Karin



16 years pass by quickly, especially when you meet so many good people every week. 16 years is how long Karin and I have had the pleasure of serving our great patients from near and afar here in this Fountain Valley location.

We are not getting any younger (over 40 years of dentistry by now) and we still have an extensive bucket list to check off. Hence, we have decided—and are lucky enough—to pass the baton to our son in law, Dr. John Bradley Shepherd. We call him Brad.

We have known Brad for about 12 good years, and I think you, like us, will find his journey through life quite fascinating and impressive. Read for yourself in his own introduction below.

When it comes to dentistry, Brad’s philosophy is very similar to mine, being conservative in assessment and treatment and treating patients with honesty, humility, care, and respect in a timely manner.

You will find Brad to be an excellent dental caretaker for yourself, your family, and friends.

Brad will ease into this environment over the next 2 months or so as there is so much information and minutiae to transfer for a smooth, glitch-free transition. After that, this office is Brad’s own. However, he will NOT be on his own as Karin and I have committed to be open to questions and support if needed. This is a pretty complex business with many stakeholders so it takes some time for anybody, no matter what education or how smart,  to get it going like a well-oiled high quality Swiss watch. (Yes, I collect watches, go figure…)

It has been a true pleasure for Karin and me to serve your dental needs and we will sorely miss not just the business or mechanics of dentistry, but the respectful relationships developing over the years with so many patients.

You will be in great hands, literally, with Brad as the new Helmsman!

A sincere thank you from both of us!

Karin Palm Kvarnstrom, Office Manager

Bjarne Kvarnstrom, D.D.S.

Introducing Dr. John B. Shepherd

Dear Patients,

I would like to take this moment and introduce myself. You are now aware that Dr. Kvarnstrom has decided to retire with hopes of pursuing his future goals of relaxing, traveling, and being a new grandpa to Dylan.

Many of you are aware that I am Dr. K’s son-in-law.  I married his younger daughter Susanna, whom many of you already know. Susanna and I are excited to take over the practice and look forward to serving you, your family, and other community friends. It will be hard to live up to Dr. K, however he was my greatest mentor before, during and well past my dental education. He is a man of great qualities and I have harnessed many of them that will show in my treatment philosophy.

My background is in construction, which I started in Big Bear City. From there, I spent almost 8 years perfecting my skill set as a carpenter before Dr. K nudged me into the dental field. He told me that dentistry is just “small construction.” How could I say no to that? I went on to attain my B.S. at UNLV in Las Vegas, where I matriculated, and continued my education down in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This is where I attended Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine. During my attendance at dental school, Susanna and I had an addition to our family, our little “monkey”, Dylan.

After 4 years in Florida, we were ready to start heading west again and moved back to Las Vegas where I started my dental career.  That wouldn’t be the last of our moves, though. Susanna, Dylan, and I wanted to check a box off the “old bucket list” and decided to move to the island of Oahu. Living in Hawaii, as many would assume, was amazing. I knew it would be hard to find a place to live that was as unique as the Hawaiian Islands.

However, life is unexpected most of the time. I received a phone call one evening after work from Dr. K.  The conversation was short and sweet. “Are you interested in taking over my dental practice?” he asked. With no hesitation, I said yes and, once again, Susanna and I were coming home. I was excited to have the opportunity of owning a practice that is a high-quality and respected dental office in the beach community of my childhood. I grew up loving the California beach lifestyle, and I am fortunate that this opportunity has come my way.

I want to thank you in advance for your loyalty to the practice and want to reassure you that I have nothing but the best intentions for you, your oral health, and most importantly your overall health.  Please feel free to approach me about any concerns or questions you may have.


Dr. John B. Shepherd, DMD

The Highest Standard of Care

Our team is dedicated to providing the most comfortable, modern, and effective dental care available to help you make the most of your smile. Dr. Kvarnstrom has developed a reputation as one of the best dentists in Fountain Valley, California due to his expertise, honesty, and commitment to delivering the highest quality dental diagnosis and treatment. 

In addition to laser dentistry, the benefits of our practice include:

  • Gentle cleanings using piezo ultrasonic scalers
  • Cutting-edge CAD/CAM technology
  • Low radiation digital X-rays
  • Same or next day appointments 
  • After-hours and weekend availability for emergencies
  • No wait times
  • In-office wireless access
  • Always accepting new patients

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