Our Mission and History

We are Santa Barbara

1936 – Harold “Red” Wipf met his wife, Osse in Santa Barbara. The Wipf legacy begins.
1939 – Vaughn Wipf meets the world with his twin brother at Saint Francis Hospital.
1960 – Dr. Vaughn Wipf graduates from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1964 – Dr. Vaughn Wipf earns his DDS from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
1968 – The Dental Practice Opens in Santa Barbara!
2000 – Dr. Erik Wipf purchases the practice from his father.
2009 – The practice grows, with the expansion of three treatment rooms to six.
2013 – Dr. Luke Sharron joins Dr. Erik and the Wipf dental family.
2016 - Dr. Erik Wipf becomes a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
 

With their families rooted deeply in Southern California, Santa Barbara dentists Dr. Erik Wipf and Dr. Luke Sharron are extremely proud to have the opportunity to serve the communities that have been a part of their families’ lives for several generations. By 1937, the Wipf family had settled in Santa Barbara, California, and by 1947, the Sharron family had settled down in Encino, California.

Dr. Vaughn Wipf attended UCSB as an undergraduate and played for the UCSB baseball team. Upon graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1964, he served in Vietnam for the United States Air Force as a general dentist and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

By 1968, Dr. Wipf returned to Santa Barbara to open his dental practice and begin a family with his wife, Deanna. Over the next 45 years, Dr. Vaughn’s love of dentistry and family saw both his practice and family grow, and in 1996 his son, Erik, joined the family business.

The Wipf family’s long-standing commitment to Santa Barbara and the neighboring communities has helped to establish this dental practice as a premier dental office in Santa Barbara. This commitment continues today with the addition of Dr. Sharron in June 2013. Dr. Sharron is a bit of a pioneer, since he is the first and only member of his family to pursue a career in dentistry. Accordingly, he brings with him an infectious love and energy for all that the art of dentistry has to offer his patients. He is happy to call Santa Barbara home and is excited to be a part of the Wipf dental family.

Though he retired in 2012, Dr. Vaughn Wipf is still a fixture in the community. For example, he’s active with the Good Shepard Lutheran Church. Given his 48 years of active practice in dentistry, he is an invaluable source of information for both current doctors. Dr. Erik credits his father for mentoring him during the time they shared the office.

Both Dr. Erik and Dr. Sharron are excited to welcome you to their Santa Barbara dental office so you can see first-hand the excellence that has defined the practice for more than 45 years.

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