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Safari of Smiles

Ivis Alvarez, DMD, PA

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric Dentistry

Affiliations: ABPD diplomate & a member of ADA, ABPD, AAPD, JDS, FDA; member of the Cleft Palate Board at Wolfson Children’s Hospital

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 for just over 10 years, a Dominican dentist in an office with two dental chairs, a generator, water distillers and an autoclave.

In November of 1997, Dr. Alvarez moved to Jacksonville and practiced pediatric dentistry in several local offices. Dr. Alvarez opened her own office in 1999.

At Dr. Alvarez’ Pediatric Dental Practice, children feel like they have embarked on a safari adventure. She has created a child-friendly environment complete with live parrots, a playroom, jungle sounds, and 3D jungle animals that provide each family with an enjoyable experience.

Dr. Alvarez and her staff’s approach can be credited to their love and passion for children. They develop a one-on-one relationship with each patient and parent, design individualized preventive dental care programs and offer state-of-the-art treatments to satisfy each child’s comprehensive dental needs. The worries of apprehensive patients are eliminated by carefully chosen behavior management techniques including in office IV sedations with a visiting pediatric anesthesiologist.

7807 Baymeadows Rd. E., Suite 305, Jacksonville, FL 32256 • (904) 641-7455 •

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