Reynaldo Rivera, DDS, MD, FACS

Meet Dr. Rivera
Board-Certified Oral & maxillofacial surgeon           Fellowship Trained craniofacial surgeon

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Dr. Rivera was born and raised in Southern California and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), before moving to Michigan to complete both dental and medical school at The University of Michigan.  He stayed at The University of Michigan to complete his general surgery training and residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at this world-renowned institution.  While in Ann Arbor, he gained immense clinical knowledge in medicine, surgery, anesthesia, head and neck oncology, reconstruction, and microvascular surgery.  After completing his formal training, he elected to pursue additional fellowship training in Craniofacial Surgery and Pediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he further elevated his insight into treating complex pediatric conditions, such as craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, and pediatric head and neck tumors.

His clinical passions include comprehensive surgical care from birth to adulthood for children with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial differences, orthognathic surgery (jaw reconstruction), facial trauma, complex bone grafting, dental implants, head and neck pathology, as well as computer-assisted virtual surgical treatment planning.

Dr. Rivera is extremely honored for the privilege of being your surgeon.  He is very aware of the fact that his patients place their trust in him, particularly parents who trust his knowledge and surgical skills in the care of their children, which is something he takes very seriously. 

Dr. Rivera loves to teach and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He is double board-certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, and he is a proud Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.   He has a Certification of Added Qualification by the ABOMS in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery.  He is active in lecturing around the country on a variety of surgical, medical, and dental topics has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, and is involved in cleft mission trips around the globe.  He has earned numerous honors throughout his career, which is a reflection of his commitment to his patients.  

Dr. Rivera strives to not only be amongst the top surgeons in West Michigan but amongst the top surgeons in the nation.  He is currently the Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Spectrum Health.  He lives here in Holland with his beautiful wife Kelli, and wonderful children Colleen and David.


  • College: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dental School: University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
  • Residency: University of Michigan
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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