Dr. Melissa Ivers, DMD, MBA

Serving the Special Needs Community with Compassionate

Dr. Melissa Ivers is an associate professor and clinician at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Dental Medicine, where she focuses on providing dental care for patients with developmental disabilities and other special needs. She has over 15 years of experience in general dentistry, with specialized training in treating special needs patients.

Who is it for?

Dr. Melissa Ivers' passion extends to a diverse range of patients seeking exceptional dental care, with a special focus on individuals with special needs. Whether you or your loved one has a developmental disability, physical limitations, medical considerations, or simply dental anxiety, Dr. Ivers welcomes you with open arms and understanding. She recognizes that each person's journey is unique, and crafting personalized treatment plans is her forte. By taking the time to truly understand your needs and preferences, she fosters a comfortable and compassionate environment where everyone feels heard and cared for. So, if you're seeking a dentist who prioritizes gentle expertise and tailors their approach to individual requirements, look no further than Dr. Melissa Ivers.

Dr. Melissa Ivers

An Accomplished Dental Practitioner

Dr. Melissa Ivers embodies the true spirit of compassionate dentistry. Beyond her impressive credentials (DMD, MBA) and leadership roles (Associate CMO at UNM Medical Group, Associate Professor), her heart lies in creating positive dental experiences for everyone, especially those with special needs.

Fueled by an unwavering belief in accessible, high-quality care, Dr. Ivers has dedicated her career to empowering smiles for individuals with developmental disabilities, physical limitations, medical complexities, and dental anxieties.

Her secret weapon? Personalized care. Dr. Ivers takes the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and preferences, building trust and rapport before crafting a gentle, individualized treatment plan. Whether it’s adapting techniques for sensory sensitivities, utilizing calming strategies for anxious patients, or collaborating with caregivers to ensure optimal comfort, Dr. Ivers’ dedication shines through.

Learn About Dr. Melissa Ivers

There’s something truly special about Dr. Melissa Ivers, and it shines brighter than any dental light. It’s her unwavering dedication to crafting positive dental experiences for everyone, especially those with special needs. Imagine a dentist who not only boasts impressive credentials like her DMD and MBA, but also leads with a heart brimming with empathy and inclusivity. That’s Dr. Ivers in a nutshell.

Fueled by a deep belief in accessible, high-quality care, Dr. Ivers has built her career on empowering smiles for individuals with diverse needs. Developmental disabilities, physical limitations, medical complexities, and even dental anxieties – she tackles them all with her personalized approach. Forget cookie-cutter treatment plans! Dr. Ivers takes the time to truly understand each patient’s unique story, their sensitivities, and their preferences. Building trust and rapport comes naturally to her, making the dental chair feel less like a clinical setting and more like a space for collaboration and care.

Her dedication extends far beyond the exam room. Dr. Ivers is a passionate advocate for inclusivity in the dental world. She regularly participates in educational initiatives and outreach programs, raising awareness and championing a more understanding environment for everyone.

So, if you’re searching for a dentist who goes the extra mile, who celebrates each smile as a victory, and who prioritizes your individual needs above all else, look no further than Dr. Melissa Ivers. She’s more than just a dentist; she’s your partner in crafting a lifetime of oral health and happiness, one personalized smile at a time.

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Learn About Special Needs Patients

Dr. Melissa Ivers is passionate about providing exceptional dental care for all, with a special focus on individuals with special needs. Understanding the unique challenges and considerations this population faces is crucial to creating positive and effective dental experiences. Let’s delve deeper into the world of special needs patients and explore how Dr. Ivers bridges the gap to accessible, compassionate care.

Understanding the Landscape:

Special needs encompass a wide range of conditions, each requiring tailored approaches to dental care. Some common examples include:

  • Developmental disabilities: Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities
  • Physical disabilities: Limited mobility, chronic pain, neurological conditions
  • Medical conditions: Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, immunocompromised states
  • Sensory sensitivities: Auditory sensitivities, visual impairments, tactile sensitivities
  • Dental anxieties: Phobias, fear of pain, negative past experiences

Each individual’s needs are unique, and understanding their specific challenges is key to building trust and fostering successful treatment.

Building a Bridge of Care:

Dr. Ivers recognizes the importance of personalized care for special needs patients. Her approach revolves around several key principles:

  • Building rapport and trust: Taking the time to understand each patient’s individual needs, preferences, and anxieties.
  • Communication and collaboration: Working closely with patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Adaptive techniques: Utilizing specialized equipment, modifying procedures, and adjusting pace to accommodate sensory sensitivities and physical limitations.
  • Positive reinforcement: Encouraging and celebrating small victories throughout the dental journey.
  • Creating a calming environment: Utilizing sensory-friendly tools, offering distractions, and maintaining a patient and understanding demeanor.

Dr. Melissa Ivers: Building Bridges to Exceptional Smiles

Smiling faces, empowered individuals, and a commitment to accessible, compassionate care – that’s the essence of Dr. Melissa Ivers’ practice. As you navigate through this website, we hope you’ve gained a deeper understanding of her unwavering dedication to creating positive dental experiences for everyone, especially those with special needs.


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Albuquerque, NM