Clinical Associate Professor
Ledyard E. Ross Hall
Pediatric behavior management, matriarchal behavior influences, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modifications
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 1994
Postdoctoral Certificate Pediatric Dentistry, US Army Residency, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, 1990
DMD – Washington University School of Dental Medicine (St. Louis), 1979
BS – Central State University, 1975
American Dental Association
National Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Academy Pediatric Dentistry
Texas Dental Association
San Antonio District Dental Society
Gulf State Dental Association
Dr. Alves was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated in 1975 from Central State University with a bachelor’s in biology and earned a DMD from Washington University School of Dental Medicine (St. Louis) in 1979. Following graduation, Dr. Alves received a direct commission into the US Army Dental Corp. He served twenty-one and a half years, earning numerous military awards throughout his career and honorably retiring as a colonel with the distinguished Legion of Merit Medal.
He served in many administrative and clinical leadership roles as preventive dentistry officer; staff general/pediatric dentist; assistant/officer in charge and mentor/chief pediatric dentistry officer of general dentistry residency 2-year program (Ft. Hood, Texas, 1994, 1999); army consultant family advocacy staff training; and attaché for Army Medical Department Entourage (Chile, South America 1998).
Following his military career and several associate practices, Dr. Alves opened his own private practice and became the first African-American board certified pediatric dentist in San Antonio, Texas. For ten years, with much enthusiasm Dr. Alves served on the San Antonio Health Advisory Committee of PCI/Early Head Start; as a member of the National Dental Association’s Board of Trustees; the American Dental Association’s Committee on Career Guidance and Diversity; the San Antonio District Dental Society Diversity Committee member; a Fellow of the San Antonio African American Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership. Dr. Alves was a co-author in the anthology “Color Of Strength; Embracing The Passion Of Our Culture” and co-founder of the Prosperity Publications, LLC, with a new release “Fires Of Greenwood: A Novel Based on the Tulsa Riot of 1921.”
Dr. Alves recently closed his practice to join the faculty at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine as clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. He and his wife Phyllis will celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary in August 2015. They have two daughters, Lauren and Lindsey, and two grandchildren, whom all reside in Texas. His interests include chess, golfing, bowling, fishing, acting, motivational speaking, and teaching.