Meet Connor Rivers, DMD

Meet Connor Rivers, DMD in Carbondale

My goal is to help individuals improve their dental health, and in doing so, help them get excited about their ability to raise all levels of their health. Whether it is creating a beautiful smile, restoring function so they can enjoy eating a great dinner, or dealing with a crisis involving a painful tooth, the positive experiences our patients have in our office has led to significant changes in their attitude about themselves and the trust we have been able to establish with them.

It’s rewarding to be a part of helping an individual obtain a level of health he or she never thought possible. My passion is centered around helping individuals make positive choices in their life that raises all aspects of their health, and gives them the freedom to run a 10K race, get on their bike and ride the Rockies, hike with their kids, or lose weight. These can be done in baby steps or show up as an avalanche of healthy choices all at once. I love it when I can be part of the process.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science- Biology from Rockhurst
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – Midwestern University – Illinois

Dentistry’s knowledge base, like so many other areas in the world today, is changing rapidly. Continuing education plays an important role in delivering excellence. My team and I are committed to making it a vital part of our office.

During the course of the 12 month general practice residency I completed, I received advanced training in IV conscious sedation, endodontics, dental implants, prosthetics, and surgery. I have completed the highest level sedation course offered by DOCS Education (a leading education authority teaching sedation in the United States) in 2019 to reinforce my sedation skills.

Throughout the year I am taking various continuing education courses to continue my lifelong journey of learning and to become the best clinician that I can. In addition to standalone CE courses, I am a member of the Western Slope Spear Study Club. Spear Education is a nationally recognized comprehensive CE curriculum focused on providing superior esthetic results that rest on a biologically sound and functional foundation.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • Western State Dental Association
  • Dental Lifetime Network
  • Colorado Mission of Mercy
  • Spear Education Western Slope Study Club

Outside the Office

Being from Southwest Missouri, I have always had respect for nature and appreciated mountain biking, lake activities, and small town living. In my free time I enjoy playing music, mountain biking, snowboarding, and cross training for these activities with my dog, Jax (wherever is dog friendly). I also enjoy spending time with my family and keeping up with current trends in dentistry.