Dr. Bivona grew up in Bessemer, Alabama, watching his father, a general dentist, care for patients with his heart and hands. He learned from his Dad that not only working hard, but loving and treating patients like family would develop the career that best suited his similar desire to help others.
At Birmingham Southern College, Dr. Bivona majored in Biology, minored in Spanish and achieved high honors in the pre-med curriculum. After college, he spent a month in Honduras, coaching and educating poverty-stricken children. This life-changing experience reaffirmed his call to service through dentistry. He graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2011. A year of working in the world of impersonal “corporate” dentistry made Dr. Bivona want to develop his own practice—one with a heart and soul, based on Christian values. Looking for a small town to call home, he spoke with his brother, a physician who already lived and practiced in Jasper. Dr. Bivona and his wife, Jenny, decided that Jasper offered exactly what they were looking for- great schools, great outdoor life and, most of all, great people!
Dr. Bivona moved to Jasper and Bivona Family Dental opened in November 2012. Always enjoying the opportunity to learn, he continued to benefit from the mentorship of his father as well as through the experience of the other doctors in the Dental Arts Building. Applying his attention to detail and perfection, and treating every patient like family, allowed him to thrive in his solo practice quickly. In April 2016, Dr. Bivona merged his practice with Dr. Branstetter’s practice, and the two worked together for several years. Dr. Branstetter retired in August of 2018, leaving behind a legacy of great dentistry, a great working environment, and very healthy patients. He passed on a wealth of experience and mentorship to Dr. Bivona. The two remain close friends to this day.
When Dr. Bivona is not in the dental office, he can be found spending time with his wife and their two little girls, Ellie and Livi. They have a passion for Mother Nature and spend their time camping, fishing, hunting, hiking—basically anything that you can do outdoors! They frequent the Sipsey Wilderness for backpacking and canoeing, as well as the Warrior River, where Dr. Bivona grew up spending weekends with his family. He is currently renovating a century-old cabin on the river, using it as an excuse to “keep working with his hands”
Dr. Bivona loves meeting new people and looks forward to developing long-term relationships in his practice, Bivona Family Dental, where you will always be welcomed as family.