Your Safari of Smiles Adventure Guide, Dr. Ivis Alvarez
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. Dr. Alvarez is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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.
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.
Meet The Team
Our front office staff will welcome you to your dental home with an enthusiastic bright smile and facilitate your Safari of Smiles experience every visit.
They are here to assist you in understanding your child’s dental needs, present optimum treatment options, schedule your appointments and anticipate your insurance needs and benefits.
Allow Us To Serve You
Our dental assistants are instrumental in ensuring that your child’s experience in their dental home is safe, supportive and loving. They are highly trained in our procedures as well as in infection control, emergency protocols, and HIPAA.
Our dental assistants are here to explain procedures to the children, hold their hands, offer encouragement, and most importantly give them much earned prizes.
Let Us Brighten
The pediatric dental hygienist is instrumental in establishing and maintaining a healthy smile into adulthood.
Motivated by their love of children and teaching, they choose to focus their expertise on pediatric patients.
In addition to her normal every-day tasks, the pediatric dental hygienist encourages oral hygiene, teaches proper dental care, and is instrumental in establishing and maintaining a healthy smile into adulthood.