About Dr. Barnhart
Dr. Shannon Barnhart is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. After finishing her oral and maxillofacial surgery training, Dr. Barnhart served in the U.S. Airforce, treating patients in need of dental and facial procedures at a military and veteran’s hospital in Las Vegas. Once she finished her service there, she joined Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Outside the practice, Dr. Barnhart has staff privileges at many of our local hospitals, where she also takes trauma calls.
Dr. Barnhart enjoys being part of a practice that makes the full range of oral and facial procedures available to their patients. She believes in treating all members of the care team with respect, from referring doctors, to patients, to other members of the practice or hospital staff. Every patient deserves individualized care to fit their needs, and Dr. Barnhart finds it very rewarding to help patients improve their lives. Whenever possible, she participates in dental charity events to help improve the health of the Fresno community.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A & M University, Dr. Barnhart was selected for a military scholarship program to complete her dental and oral surgery training. She earned her Doctor of Dental Science degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio before going on to finish her oral and maxillofacial surgery training.
Dr. Barnhart completed an oral and maxillofacial residency program at Wilford Hall U.S. Airforce Medical Center, where she gained years of experience treating patients for a wide range of oral and facial procedures. She then moved to Las Vegas where she completed her service and treated military members and veterans.
While in the Air Force, she served as an advanced trained general dentist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and as the 99th Dental Squadron Clinical Flight Commander/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada. She was chosen by the board to promote to Lieutenant Colonel, but she decided to leave the military — she moved to Fresno where she joined her husband, who is a Fresno City firefighter.
Dr. Barnhart is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This means that she has taken a comprehensive exam and demonstrated her knowledge of the full scope of the oral and maxillofacial surgery profession. Completing the rigorous certification process shows that Dr. Barnhart is prepared to treat patients at the highest level of oral surgery care.
Dr. Barnhart has completed all of the required steps to provide Stemodontics to patients at this practice. Now, patients can harvest and store stem cells after a wisdom tooth removal procedure.
Outside of work, Dr. Barnhart enjoys running — she has trained for both half and full marathons. She also likes spending time outdoors by rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, skiing, and snowshoeing. Her family is what brought her to Fresno, and she enjoys living in this area and spending time with her husband and stepchildren.