Barbara Holistic Dentist
Copeland, DDS, PC
Integrative Dental Medicine
& Biological Dentistry
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
you can live with
Safe removal of toxic fillings
in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Copeland offers alternative
methods of dental treatment, using science based holistic
approaches to a mixture of modern traditional dentistry.
Well-being is the primary focus. The oral cavity is placed
in its perspective as part of the whole person. The greatest
care is taken to use natural products, biocompatible materials,
and sound diagnostic skills for the careful treatment of
body must be sound, the immune system healthy, for dental
treatment, like all medical treatment to be successful. Referrals
to and from like minded healers in the alternative and traditional
physician spheres are used to enhance treatment, providing
the opportunity for the best possible outcome. Education
is an important aspect of the practice, and time is taken
to provide sources for further learning, and understanding.
do no harm.
native of Idaho, Dr. Copeland received her Bachelor’s
of Science in Biology at the University of Southern Colorado,
and her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Washington,
Seattle in 1994. Dr. Copeland was invited back as faculty,
but declined due to a residency obligation at UMN.She
attended an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency
at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
she immersed herself in the six recognized specialties of
dentistry. “I really felt I would want to practice
in a rural area, and felt the obligation to expand my skills
in areas where the nearest specialist might be hours away”.
During this time, she practiced hospital dentistry, in addition
to her resident clinical practice. She was one of two residents
selected each year to practice at a satellite clinic in
Minneapolis. She was also invited to remain for them.She
felt she wanted to move west though, and settled on the
Oregon Coast, where she practiced what she refers to as
“enlightened rural dentistry”. Here she became
eventually settled in Santa Barbara in 2004, where she now
lives with her two beautiful daughters. This is a photo
on a recent Sierra Club hike to the Pauper’s Graveyard
in the back country of Santa Barbara.Dr. Copeland has completed
the two-year Gnathology and Occlusion Course with Dr's.
Tom Basta and Jeff Brucia at the Foundation for Advanced
Continuing Education (FACE), in the Bay Area.Since then,
“I’ve had the opportunity to study with Dr.
Hal Huggins, Dr’s Phillip Mollica and Robert Harris,
in addition to immersing myself into a form of practice
that satisfied my sense of life affirming, non-damaging,
patient driven, doctor as teacher sense of self. I had for
so long repeated traditional dental dictums, without conviction.
This was especially true, while in the scope of practice
one performs above the standard of care, and feels that
there must be better alternative.”
learned that I wasn’t alone, that there were lots of
‘nuts and kooks’, as traditional dentists often
refer to us, out there. They were from all over the US and
the elite of International practitioners, from European countries
who had ‘already’ got IT.”
are wonderful like-minded practitioners to collaborate with
in Santa Barbara: Naturopaths, Physicians. Acupuncture/ Acupressure,
Lymphatic, Nutritional, Neurological, and Toxicity specialists
are all helpful to the dental patient seeking health. I feel
honored to work with them and have their expertise when working
with a complex patient.”
combined with the environmental sensitivity of biological
dentistry, for me, this is Dentistry both I and the patient
can really live with.
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