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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Vivona Dow—General and Sedation Dentist

Dr. Elizabeth Vivona Dow

Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Vivona prides herself on providing thorough, high quality and yet gentle dentistry. She educates her patients on the prevention of dental disease, rather than simply treating dental problems after they arise. Her patients leave the office feeling well-informed and armed with the best preventive strategies for achieving optimal dental health.

Sedation Dentistry

She is one of a handful of general dentists in the area who are licensed to perform IV conscious sedation. With IV sedation dentistry, patients can comfortably "rest" through their dental procedures without feeling any anxiety or fear. Patients love that they can request "Jack-the-Dog" to act as a therapy dog. He will calmly sit by your side during your treatment. He is available upon request for sedation and non-sedation appointments!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Vivona originally wanted to be an artist. She grew up in Great Barrington, MA, a thriving artsy town in the Berkshires. Her mother knew how difficult that road might be so she dashed her hopes and sent her to the College of the Holy Cross to become a chemist. Although spending a life amongst beakers and test tubes was actually pretty interesting, Dr. Vivona knew she hadn't yet found her passion in life... so she did the sensible thing and packed up all her belongings and moved down to Lima, Peru to teach English. After 4 years of teaching in South America, and getting some cosmetic dentistry herself, it occurred to her that dentistry was the blend of art and science she had always been seeking. With her artistic eye and attention to detail, Dr. Vivona is able to perform beautiful cosmetic dentistry that looks and feels natural.

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Dr. Vivona put herself through the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and graduated in the top of her class in 2010. She was inducted into the prosthodontics honor society and did a dental implant clerkship her senior year. She then completed a residency in General and Hospital Dentistry at the University of Colorado Hospital where she became IV sedation certified for all those folks who are fearful of the dentist.

Dr. Vivona attends continuing education classes regularly and is a member of the Spear Study Club. In addition to monthly study clubs with other local dentists, she goes to Scottsdale, AZ to the prestigious Spear Institute to take hands-on courses.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Vivona has served on the Lane County Dental Society Executive Council as the Secretary—Treasurer since 2015. She is also a member of the Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Personal Life

Dr. Vivona is married to Dr. Andrew Dow, who is the periodontist just below Eugene Dental Group! They have a beautiful daughter, who is already showing signs of following in her parents’ footsteps as she is very interested in everyone’s teeth, especially Jack-the-Dog’s teeth. (She is one!) This family can’t get enough of the outdoors—they spend their free time hiking, backpacking, kayaking, whitewater adventuring, rock climbing, skiing, both in-bounds and back-country.

Dr. Melanie Rawlings—General Dentist

Dr. Melanie RawlingsDr. Melanie Rawlings was born in Austin, Texas to a family of engineers, and has been making her way steadily across the country toward the Pacific Northwest ever since.


She attended the University of WI-Madison for her undergraduate studies, receiving her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a double major in Spanish. She studied abroad in Venezuela and took part in honors programs and undergraduate research. She also received several merit-based scholarships and academic awards.

Dr. Rawlings earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of MN in Minneapolis and graduated with honors. Much of her time outside of the clinic was devoted to rural outreach externships and competitive cross-country skiing.

Though dentistry is her career, she has also spent many years working in a veterinary clinic, a pathology lab, haunted houses, selling koi, building ponds, and mucking more stalls than she cares to remember. These experiences have cultivated a healthy appreciation for a nice, clean, indoor workplace and many fewer incidences of biting.

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As a reformed "bad" dental patient herself, Dr. Rawlings has had plenty of first-hand experience on the receiving end of dental treatment, and can relate to a variety of patient needs and situations. She certainly understands the need for gentle, painless dentistry and aims to make her patient's experiences great. This also fuels her passion for improved preventive care and patient education. Whatever a patient's initial dental circumstances and goals, Dr. Rawlings wants to provide the information and care needed to get the patient to a place of health and happiness that he or she can maintain and enjoy for years to come. Being proficient in Spanish, Dr. Rawlings hopes to serve more of Eugene's Spanish-speaking population.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Rawlings is a member of the American Dental Association, Oregon Dental Association, Lane County Dental Association, and loves to further her education with professional journals, dental meetings, lectures, study clubs, unpopular choices of podcasts for long drives, and other continuing education opportunities.

Personal Life

When not in the office, Dr. Rawlings can be found on the running trails, at the stable, or at home surrounded by a pile of books and half-full coffee mugs.

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