Meet the Doctors
Caroline Labritz, DDS
Dr. Caroline Labritz grew up in dentistry with her father, Dr. P. Ronald Graziani, who maintained a successful practice in Fairmont since 1976. Dr. Labritz spent many summers and holiday breaks helping in the office which sparked her interest in following in her father’s footsteps.
Dr. Labritz graduated from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2004 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree. She spent her first six years practicing in Morgantown until coming back to Fairmont in 2010 to practice with her father in the Graziani Labritz Dentistry practice.
As the years went on, Dr. Labritz felt a desire to return to Morgantown to once again provide services to patients in the area. Her passion and an opportunity came together, and in 2016, she joined forces with Dr. Diana Frum to form Dental Arts. After much thought, Dr. Labritz renamed Dental Arts to Sorriso Dental, a name that represents the practice for not only where it is going, but from where it came from. To pay respect to its previous dentists, Dr. P. Ronald Graziani and Dr. Diana Frum, both of whom have significant Italian heritage, the name Sorriso Dental was chosen. Sorriso means “Smile” in Italian.
Dr. Labritz is an avid learner and researcher of all things dental. With a passion for the profession, she invests a great deal of time on Continuing Education hours in order to provide the highest quality treatments for her patients. Dr. Labritz is a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association, member of the American Association of Implant Dentistry, member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Monongalia Dental Association, West Virginia Dental Association, and American Dental Association. With additional training in dental implants, modern Root Canal Therapy, Invisalign, Cosmetic Makeovers, you will find her very knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry. Patients quickly see her gentle manner and special interest in children. Dr. Labritz has a special place for children and prides herself on calming the fears often associated with dental treatment.
In her personal life, Dr. Labritz is married with two active boys. She enjoys baking and cooking in her free time. She also likes to read a good book or two. She is very active in fitness and nutrition as well.
Jerry D. Shepherd, DDS
Dr. Shepherd was raised in New Martinsville, West Virginia. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1998 earning a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon graduation, Dr. Shepherd entered the United States Air Force where he was stationed at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Dr. Shepherd comes to our office with 20 years of military service. He is a current member of the WV Air National Guard. Dr. Shepherd has been in private practice for 15 years, practicing locally in Fairmont for the past 10 years.
Dr. Shepherd is committed to providing high quality dental care to each of his patients. He strives to make each patient's visit a positive experience by providing open communication to help them make informed decisions. Dr. Shepherd is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, West Virginia Dental Association, West Virginia Academy of General Dentistry and certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Shepherd provides a wide variety of dental services to include aesthetic dentistry, root canals, orthodontics, Invisalign and implant dentistry.
Outside of the office, Dr. Shepherd and his wife stay busy with four active teenagers. When he's not helping patients improve their oral health, he enjoys rooting for the West Virginia Mountaineers, attending Pittsburgh Penguin hockey games, traveling with his family and finding a quiet stream as he is an avid fly fisherman.
Shafia Tariq, DMD
Dr. Tariq joins our practice after acquiring her DMD degree from Oregon Health and Science University in 2016. She has completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency from NYU Lutheran, at a large community health center, where she has provided comprehensive dental services to the underserved community. It is here that Dr. Tariq learned to appreciate educating her patients on the multifactorial nature of their oral health and to stress the importance of comprehensive dental care. She has a special place for treating children and patients with special needs, and with a background in psychology, she can appreciate the importance of understanding the nature of dental phobias and utilizing techniques to ensure that her patients are comfortable and well cared for.
Dr. Tariq believes in the philosophy of being a lifetime student and stays up to date with the latest research in dentistry. To her, dentistry involves an intricate balance between technical skills and an artistic appreciation for aesthetics. She believes honoring this balance will help her patients maintain and improve their oral health and the appearance of their smile, and in consequence, their quality of life.
Outside of the office, Dr. Tariq enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and visiting family. As West Virginia transplants, she and her husband have been enjoying the outdoors and are always looking for a good hike!
P. Ronald Graziani, DDS
Dr. P. Ronald Graziani established his dental practice in 1976 on 315 First Street where it remains today. He is a 1974 graduate of West Virginia School of Dentistry.
He spent two years practicing dentistry in the United States Air Force based out of Las Vegas before opening the doors to his private practice. Dr. Graziani is a member of the American Dental Association, West Virginia Dental Association, and Mon Valley Dental Association. His daughter, Dr. Caroline Graziani Labritz joined his practice in 2008 to form Graziani Labritz Dentistry. You will be sure to love his gentle nature, kindness, and compassion with patients.
Be sure to ask him about golf, which is where you may find Dr. Graziani when he is not in the office.
Rachel Wilt, DDS
Dr. Rachel Wilt is a native of Preston County in the hills of West Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fairmont State College in 2003, before attending the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2007. Dr. Wilt has since spent time working for a private practice in West Virginia, as well as in a public health clinic in Pennsylvania.
At the public health facility, Dr. Wilt treated patients of all ages but spent a lot of her time treating children and patients with mental disabilities. She loves working with children, making them feel safe and cared for, while encouraging their excitement about visiting us at Sorriso Dental. Dr. Wilt wants all children to have the tools needed to be healthy and happy and to be lifelong patients. She strongly believes in patient education and motivation through positivity and encouragement. She wants to equip each patient with the keys to healthy oral success and to achieve the smile of their dreams.
Dr. Wilt has also returned to her alma mater as a professor in the WVU School of Dentistry. She enjoys guiding her students in their pursuit of becoming outstanding dental professionals.
Outside of the office, Dr. Wilt spoils her beloved dog, Theo, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also active in her church. Next to dentistry, Dr. Wilt’s passion is art. She enjoys photography, painting and pottery, as well as decorating and refinishing furniture. Dr. Wilt is also an avid reader and is fond of most genres of literature. She loves receiving suggestions for her next great read, so be sure to share some with her on your next visit to Sorriso Dental!