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Dr. Alvarez Full Bio

About Dr. Ivis Alvarez


In November of 1997, Dr. Alvarez moved to Jacksonville and practiced pediatric dentistry in several local offices. Dr. Alvarez opened her own office in December 1999. She is currently a member of the Cleft Palate Board at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital. She is an ABPD Diplomat and a member of ADA, ABPD, AAPD, JDS, and the FDA.

Dr. Alvarez enjoys reading, running, spending time with her daughters, and cycling with her husband. She also loves to dance and wishes that she could have more time for it.  She and her family are very active in their church, First Baptist Church of Baldwin. Her passion for children extends outside of the office as demonstrated by her support of local non- profit organizations such as Seamark Ranch, East Coast Ballet, Autism Speaks, and America’s Most Wanted DNA-Lifeprint Safety Events.

Dr. Alvarez was born in Miami, Florida; however, her family is from Cuba. She received her B.S. degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Miami in 1991, and her dental degree from the University of Florida in 1995. Dr. Alvarez received her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in May 1997 from the Medical College of Georgia.

Upon completion of her certificate, Dr. Alvarez moved to the rural valleys of Las Matas, Dominican Republic for six months to set up a non-profit dental clinic. Funded entirely by donations, her organization, Instruments of Peace, employed a Dominican dentist in an office with two dental chairs, a generator, water distillers and an autoclave.  Instruments of Peace continued to provide care for the children of Las Matas for ten years