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David E. Shapter, D.D.S.

Dr. David Shapter is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. He is a native of Erie and has a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He went on to continue his education at the Ohio State University receiving a Masters Degree in Pathology before attending the College of Dentistry. He served in the US Army Dental Corps for 5 years, where he completed the Residency in General Practice. In 1983, he returned to Ohio State and Columbus Children’s Hospital and completed his Residency in Pediatric Dentistry in 1985.

Dr. Shapter established Pediatric Dentistry of Erie in 1985 and recently moved his office to the newly renovated Standard Square Building, located a 128 West 12th Street in downtown Erie. He and his wife Bev are very proud of their four sons,(all four have received the Eagle Scout Award). They are both very committed to community service and are actively involved with several organizations including their church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Grottoes of North America, and the Erie County Dental Association.


Dr. Katherine Seymour, D.D.S.

Our new Pediatric Dentist is Dr. Katherine Seymour, or “Dr. Katie” as everyone knows her. She joined Dr. Shapter in August 2019 and is excited to make Erie her new home. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she completed her studies at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and then completed her Residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Katie strives to create a safe and fun environment for her patients, while maintaining healthy, happy smiles. When not in the office, she enjoys outdoor activities including biking, hiking and swimming. We all think that Erie is the perfect place for her.


Our Office Team is headed up by our Office Manager, Phyllis . She is the one who keeps us all functioning at maximum efficiency. She is also in charge of patient relations and will answer most questions if you need her expertise.

Nicole is the newest member of our Team, but you would not guess it. She works equally with both Doctors and the Hygienists and she will stay with your child throughout the appointment. Like the rest of our Team, she brings a friendly and helpful attitude and fresh energy to all she does.

Our Front Desk Team includes:
Kim , who is our primary receptionist and scheduling assistant. She keeps very busy getting patients the right appointment and will often answer your phone calls and relay any messages to the rest of the office. She is usually the first to greet you and your child and will check you in for your appointment.

Our Clinical Team includes two excellent Pediatric Dental Hygienists:
Marina has been with Dr. Shapter for quite a few years and the experience shows. She will make your child’s visit comfortable and interesting.
Anna has a special talent with the apprehensive child or the child with special health care needs. Her enthusiasm for helping you and your child achieve good dental health really shows.

Our Clinical Team also includes two outstanding Pediatric Chairside Dental Assistants:
Caitlyn is Dr. Shapter's most experienced and capable dental assistant. She will take your child through the dental experience and make it look easy. She is really fun!
Alexis exemplifies what our caring staff is all about. She always helps make your child’s visit a pleasant experience.

Our “new” office is designed to highlight some of what makes Erie special. Our “Nautical” theme features sea shore and coast line scenes that will make you feel you are out on Presque Isle. There are shore birds, fish and underwater friends featured in many of the rooms and hallways. There is even a Lighthouse in the office. We hope you will enjoy the environment, we have all worked hard to make it a nice place to visit!