Northside Dental Clinic Welcomes Dr. Rick Alvarez, D.D.S.

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Northside Dental Clinic is proud to welcome Dr. Rick Alvarez to their team of dentists.

Dr. Rick Alvarez, DDS

I desired work that required me to keep on top of the latest developments in the field and to strive to be as good as I could be through continued learning.

After attending high school in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Dr. Alvarez attended Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, obtaining his undergraduate degree in psychology, history, and biology. He later went to the University of Minnesota for dental school, graduating in 1985. While there, he was president of his dental school class.

“I have practiced enough dentistry to feel accomplished in all phases of general dentistry, and I strive to provide the best service possible,” Dr. Alvarez said. “I have a particular interest in dentures and implant dentistry.”

During his time in college, Dr. Alvarez was mentored by his own orthodontist who taught him what it meant to be a small business owner in the field of dentistry. This is also when his passion for dentistry began.

“I knew I needed an intellectual challenge in my future vocation, as well as an area where I could use my hands and be creative,” Dr. Alvarez said. “I also desired work that required me to keep on top of the latest developments in the field and to strive to be as good as I could be through continued learning.”

Dr. Alvarez moved to Southwest Missouri in 1995. Eventually he and his wife, Kathy, decided they wanted to raise their children in a “small town” environment, unlike where they previously lived in Kansas City. The professionalism that is displayed at Northside Dental Clinic and James River Dental, as well as the care and concern toward the patients, and the up-to-date practice facility, are what drew Dr. Alvarez to work with Dr. Kaelin.

“I like that they push themselves to be better, which are qualities I feel I have,” Dr. Alvarez said.”The staff is friendly and fun-loving, talented and exceptional in expressing their skills; they have made my job something to look forward to.”

In his spare time, Dr. Alvarez enjoys playing guitar, creating stain glass, motorcycling, and the occasional round of golf. He’s been married to his wife and love of his life, Kathy, for 30 years. They have two children: Ben, a Drury graduate, married, and currently in his second year of dental school in Kansas City, and then Kimberly, an accomplished dancer, singer, and choreographer who teaches dance and hopes to have her own dance studio one day.

Northside Dental Center and James River Dental offer general family dentistry services including check-ups, cleanings, dentures and partials, teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, extractions, root canals, implants, fillings and Invisalign.

Northside Dental Clinic has provided the Springfield area with general family dentistry services for more than 35 years. In 1996, the practice opened a second location at James River Dental. Owned and operated by Dr. Derek Kaelin, D.D.S., the two facilities form Springfield's largest individually owned dental practice.

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