Brian Shuman DMD

Dr. Brian Shuman grew up outside of Boston, playing sports and watching his father practice periodontics in Brookline, MA. His childhood interests stuck with him through his time at Haverford College. He graduated in 1978 after majoring in biology and leading the varsity soccer team to its first two NCAA tournaments. He also played varsity tennis and was captain and center fielder of the the varsity baseball team.

He was named MVP of his soccer team; received the Docherty award for sportsmanship, and the Haverford College Varsity Cup, given to the top scholar-athlete in the school. He was also selected as a member of the USA soccer team for the 1978 U.S. Maccabiah Games. In 2013, he was selected to the Mid-Atlantic Conference All Century Soccer Team.

After graduating, he decided to pursue his life-long dream of following in his father’s footsteps by practicing periodontics. He first attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, followed by the University of Pennsylvania Dental Residency and then the School of Periodontology. He graduated in 1985 and immediately moved to Burlington to begin his career at Associates in Periodontics.

Today, Dr. Shuman dedicates himself to providing his patients with unparalleled care and personal attention: “My staff and my patients are my second family.” He provides the highest quality care dentistry has to offer by always educating himself to be on the cutting-edge of technology.

Dr. Shuman believes strongly in teaching and giving back to the profession. Committed to this philosophy, he has served more than 30 years as Chairman of Vermont’s Board of Dental Continuing Education. He also served as the Dental Sleep Consultant for oral appliances at the Fletcher Allen Hospital Sleep Center, Chief Supervising Dentist at the Vermont Tech School of Hygiene and lecturer to the Dental Residents and Essex Tech Assisting School.

In 2014, Dr. Shuman received the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary leadership and dedication of his time and talents to the betterment of the profession and to the dental health of the people of the state of Vermont. This is the most prestigious award given out by the Vermont State Dental Society.

He has been Co-Chair for the Vermont Special Olympics dental division for 20+  years and received the United Way Building Block Award for his volunteer efforts to give back to the Vermont community. 

He has been elected to, currently serves, or has held positions on numerous professional boards and committees, including:

  • Recipient of the Vermont State Dental Society Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his commitment to the betterment of his field and to the oral health of Vermonters.
  • Chairman of the Vermont State Dental Society Board of Continuing Education
  • Co-Chairman Vermont Special Olympics Dental Division
  • Vice President of the Vermont Periodontal Society
  • Chairman of the Vermont State Dental Society Annual Meeting Education Board
  • Chairman of the Vermont Tech School of Dental Hygiene Advisory Board
  • Chief Supervising Dentist at the Vermont Tech School of Dental Hygiene
  • Trustee of Northeast Delta Dental Board
  • Chairman of the Northeast Delta Dental Professional Relations Committee
  • Chief Periodontal Instructor at the University of Vermont Hospital Dental Residency
  • President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Champlain Valley Dental Society
  • Trustee of the Vermont Oral Health Coalition Board
  • Member of the Vermont State Diabetes and Oral Health Advisory Board
  • State of Vermont Liaison to The American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry
  • Dental Consultant for Oral Appliances at the Fletcher Allen Hospital Sleep Center (Dr. Shuman himself has sleep apnea and snoring, which has been cured with an oral appliance he made for himself)
  • Educator and Lecturer at the Vermont Tech School of Dental Hygiene, The Essex Tech School of Dental Assisting and The Fletcher Allen Hospital Dental Residency program
  • United Way Building Block Award recipient for his volunteer efforts with the Special Olympics, specifically his co-chairing of the Special Smiles Program


Outside of dentistry, Dr. Shuman loves spending time with his daughters, Alexx, a graduate of Smith College, The New England Culinary Institute and MBA from College of Charleston. Now affectionately known as THE MARSHMALLOW GIRL after starting her own business of home made gourmet marshmallows. She sold 350,000 marshmallows last year and is located at

Meika, a graduate of University of Vermont is working with the Asian Community Development Corporation in Boston MA. She teaches leadership skills and actively fights to help China Town maintain its unique identity and physical boundaries as developers try to buy the land and displace the current residents.

His wife Cindy is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the CEO and CFO at several notable corporations including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Vermont Public Radio.

They love dogs and many recall Thunder, a labradoodle who was the office mascot and Crazy Cowboy their rescue pup. Today they have a new rescue from Tennessee, 55% Australian cattle dog, named Jasmine (Jazz).

 Dr. Shuman dreams of someday having a single digit golf handicap, enjoys tennis, pickle ball, reading, anything tech-related, and is an avid Boston sports fan through the good times and the bad. He is often heard on Sundays mumbling, "Please bring back Tom Brady"

Dr. Shuman strives to live by his motto: Your reputation is based on the choices people think you make. But your character is based on making the right choices, at the right time, for the right reasons, regardless of the personal consequences.

Thunder, Dr. Shuman's labradoodle, is the first visitor to the new office in 2011: "Hey, I need my canines evaluated, please."