Iven Gonzalez, DDS
Dentistry is the only healthcare field where we produce something that can immediately improve someone’s self-esteem. That to me is the most powerful part about dentistry. Being able to chew food properly and speak properly is, of course, equally important. However, I am most passionate about having the ability to work with my hands and have an artist’s touch, and through my work, be able to transform people’s lives directly in a very powerful and meaningful way.
So many people are afraid of going to the dentist. I see this as a challenge and try to make my patients feel comfortable in a relaxed environment where I can make their dental experience as pain free and as stress free as possible. I pride myself in being able to do this so much so that I have had many patients state they begin to feel sleepy during treatment with no sedation!
Dentistry is not easy; it can be very difficult and stressful at times for both the patient and the dentist. However, when you see how you can truly change someone’s life by giving them back something they lost, it can be very rewarding.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Microbiology – University of Texas at El Paso
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Texas Dental School in Houston, TX
Continuing education is by far the most important thing to do to stay up to date on different procedures in the field of dentistry. I actively seek out and take continuing education courses that will broaden and advance my knowledge and skills.
As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, I attend the annual national meetings and frequently take online courses in all areas of general dentistry. Through the Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas (formally known as Baylor College of Dentistry), I have taken both introductory and advance dental implant courses. Recently, I became a member of the Academy of GP Orthodontics, where I am taking a two-year course in comprehensive orthodontics for the general practitioner in Austin, TX.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Fellowship in Academy of GP Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- El Paso Dental Association, Board Member
Outside the Office
I have lived in El Paso all my life, born and raised. My wife and I love pets and have two Shih-Tzus and a cat. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and boating. I also love to travel and get to know new places, meet different people, and experience different cultures.
I am proud to be a member of the El Paso community. I like to go hiking, mountain hiking, love the outdoors, and camping.