Dr. Dorothy Shepherd grew up in South India where her father was a missionary. She studied medicine at Heidelberg medical school and in 1906, and went on to study at the Hering Medical College in Chicago. Her teachers were Dienst and Tomhagen, both pupils of famous homoeopathic physician, James Tyler Kent.
Dr. Shepherd wrote several books on homoeopathy based on her clinical experience including, Homoeopathy for the 1st Aider and Magic of the Minimum Dose. In the 1940s she established a homoeopathic center in Bramshott, England. Dr Shepherd passed away in November 1952 after 45 years of service to homoeopathy.