Dr. Andres J Alvarez is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He was born and raised in Miami, FL and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Alvarez is thrilled to be back in Orlando, FL and partnering with parents to develop happy and healthy children while exceeding expectations.
Dr. Alvarez received his Bachelors degree in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida and then went on to receive a Masters degree in Biomedical Science at Barry University, graduating with high honors.
He continued his education at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree with high research honors. In his senior year of dental school, Dr. Alvarez was awarded the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctorate Student Award for great promise in the field of pediatric dentistry.
After obtaining his dental degree, Dr. Alvarez continued on to pursue his passion for pediatric dentistry and completed an additional two-year dental residency earning his Postdoctoral Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Florida/Shands Hospital.
Dr. Alvarez has completed multipledental research projects aimed at investigating the bacteria in dental plaque responsible for causing dental cavities specifically in children. His work in research has resulted in national and international recognition as well as publications in the Journal of Dental Research and the American Society for Microbiology Journal of Infection and Immunity. He is also passionate about community service and public health. He enjoys participating in school visits focused on preventive dentistry as well as volunteering his time and skills on local and international dental mission trips where he provides dental care to underserved populations.
Dr. Alvarez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Dental Society of Greater Orlando.
In his free time, Dr. Alvarez enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bruce. He also loves cooking, trying out new restaurants, exploring the Winter Park Chain of Lakes on his kayak, and any activity that lets him enjoy the Florida sunshine.
We recognize that all our young patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your child to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
Liza has been a dental assistant for Dr. Alvarez since 2006. She has only been a dental assistant for pediatrics and special needs children. She is credentialed to assist Dr. Alvarez at AdventHealth Altamonte Springs. If you or your child requires a Spanish-speaking assistant, Liza would be the one you would talk to. Liza spends her spare time with her fiancand working as a freelance photographer.
Tempest wins the office award for having the most dental assisting experience. In her more than 17-year career, she has assisted pediatric dentist and orthodontist. Her experience working with special needs children is phenomenal. She may be the newest addition to Dr. Alvarezs dental assisting team, but as you can see, she is not inexperienced. You may have seen her and her husband on the weekends at various baseball fields watching her son play baseball.
Antiqua has been working with children for at least eight years, five of themas a pediatric dental assistant. Her favorite part of being a dental assistant is taking children who are apprehensive about the dentist and making the experience an enjoyable one. During Antiquas spare time, she enjoys going on mini-vacations with her family.
Rachel has been a pediatric dental assistant for at least 15 years. Like all of our assistants, she is highly skilled at working with children who havehigh anxieties. Parents are often surprised bywhat she is able to accomplish with their young patients. She has become a big part of our team, even though she is a Florida State football fan (we have learned to work around that). During her free time, she likes hanging out with her husband and boys doing outdoor activities.
Lisamarie is responsible for over seeing the office operations. She is also our hospital and IV sedation coordination. Lisamarie has been part of the team since 2008 and a very important asset for the office and parents alike. During her days off she spends her time with family and shopping.She alsoenjoys going to all of the Disney theme parks.
Jac has been in dentistry since 2006. Her dental terminology is very valuable and helpful. She is always busy with her husband and their son. On the weekends she likes to go to the movies and ride motorcycles.
Winter Park Pediatric Dentistry has a reputation for offering comprehensive pediatric dental care in a friendly, inviting, and professional environment. When you visit our practice, youre not just another smile youre family!
Ours is a welcoming, exciting space:full of natural light and bright, fun colors. The minute you and your son or daughterstep through the doors, youll be surrounded by smilesfrom our team members and fellow patients. Theres a lot of laughter in our office, too. Were passionate about building real friendships with our patients and love sharing in their lives.
We ask that you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. However, parents are always welcome as observers. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your little oneexhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish.
Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of three react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
We find that the less to-do concerning the visit, the better. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might inspire unnecessary fear, such as needle, shot, pull, drill, or hurt. Our team makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to children.