Dr. Shannika Dao was born in Kingston, Jamaica.  She moved to the United states in her late teens to be with her family who had migrated to Miami, Florida and to further her education.  Dr. Dao completed her last year of high school in South Florida, where she attended American Senior High School.  After high school, she attended Miami-Dade Community College, and earned an Associate of Arts degree, with high honors. Always recognizing the value of higher education, Dr. Dao would go on to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing, and graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001.

Even as a young girl, Dr. Dao has always been caring for other people and inclined toward healthcare.  With this passion for taking care of others, she worked for seven years as a Registered Nurse, on Telemetry and Intensive Care Units.  
Even though she loved nursing, after as many years, Dr. Dao felt she had not reached her full potential. She found inspiration in a Dentist she admired as a child when she lived in Jamaica, and decided to continue her education.

At eight years of ages, a young female dental resident took care of Dr. Dao’s teeth in Jamaica.  Meeting the young female doctor at that tender age helped to convince the eight year old Shannika that women were just as capable as men, and that young girls can be anything they want to be (given the right environment and circumstances).

Dr. Dao earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the historic Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, TN, in 2011.  There she developed a passion to serve the underserved. After receiving postdoctoral training at Rochester General Hospital in New York, Dr. Dao worked in New York State for several years, before moving to California to be closer to her husband and pursue other goals.

When people feel good about their smiles, they are happier and more confident.
In an age where it has been proven that good oral health contributes to one’s good overall health, Dr. Dao takes great pleasure in restoring her patients to health, one tooth at a time.  

Dr. Dao enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.



Dr. Dao and her team invite you to our practice where you and your family can be taken care of.  We provide a wide array of services that can help you have optimal health and the kind of smile that shines with a higher level of brilliance.

If you need a service custom-tailored to suit your needs, feel free to ask! Our team is flexible and will work to facilitate your requests!

Some of our services we provide include:

Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain Veneers


Our aim is to provide top quality dental care in order to improve our patient's quality of life for a lifetime, to take time to do extra things that will make the patient's experience positive - before, during, and after treatment to provide patients with an environment of trust and respect through compassion, enthusiasm, and commitment for dental health. We always strive to deliver quality general dental care in a safe, gentle, and friendly environment at a fee which is fair to both the patient and to the office personnel.

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This is the most proficient dental operation I have ever visited. The staff is friendly, courteous, professional, and highly efficient. I am not aware of any limitations of the Dentist and his fine staff. The new dental hygienist did a superb job.

Been coming to this office since 2009 and have always had great service from all staff. Thanks!

I am very happy with my improved smile! Thank you!






Our Address

2695 Bechelli Lane

Redding, CA 96002

Tel: (530) 222-4900

Fax: (530) 222-0575 

Email: Office@authentic.dental

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday  8AM – 4PM

Every other Friday     8AM - 4PM