Meet Dr. Regina Rivera
“I love connecting with my patients, making them feel comfortable to express their concerns, and helping them feel a sense of belonging in our office—their dental home.”
Born in Manila, Philippines, Dr. Rivera moved to the U.S. in 1981 with her family. But family ties and the community make Bakersfield feel like home. Dr. Rivera’s father, a physician, influenced her decision to become a dentist. She noticed that he practiced medicine with tenacity, integrity, and compassion. She felt that a career in dentistry would also be rewarding as she interacted daily with patients and showed them compassion and care. And it would be an outlet for her artistic eye.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Rivera attended the University of California, San Francisco, and earned her doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree. Dr. Rivera has practiced dentistry with Dr. Woof since 2000.
Education and Training
- University of California, San Francisco – DDS
- Loyola Marymount University – Undergraduate
- Garces Memorial High School
- American Dental Association
- California Dental Association
- Kern County Dental Association
What She Finds Satisfying About Dentistry
Dr. Rivera finds it satisfying to provide dental care for seniors because they need patience and multi-doctor care. She enjoys working with medical doctors to ensure her senior patients receive a dental treatment plan that contributes to their overall health.
What Her Patients Are Saying
“The treatment I receive always feels like I’m the only one in the dental office. They know how to get me through my nerves as going to the dentist isn’t a walk in the park for me. Dr. Rivera has been my dentist for some time. She is gentle, professional, and thoroughly addresses my concerns. In short, it’s Beverly Hills care in Bakersfield, CA.” – Joseph C.
Dr. Rivera’s Interests
In her free time, Dr. Rivera enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, their children, Rebecca and Benjamin, and their cat, Snowball. Dr. Rivera’s hobbies include singing and painting. She is fluent in English and Tagalog.