Meet The Smile Ranger, A Dedicated & Caring Team

We are parents, pediatric dental professionals, and members of the Gold River community. Our highly trained, experienced, and caring team offer the highest standards of professional and individual dental care, and strive every day to deliver the very best results possible.

Nothing gives us greater joy than transforming an anxious child into a child who cares for his/her teeth and mouth, and loves going to the dentist. We prioritize preventative care, and work hard to establish lasting relationships with our young patients and their parents. Meet The team:



As a Registered Dental Assistant, Karen also fills the role of chief operatory assistant at our practice. She is a gifted go-to team member in all matters to do with operations and business, and has exceptional technological skills.

Karen was a patient in our office as a child, and we’re glad that she’s now with us, helping us create more beautiful smiles. Her two kids are also our patients. Maybe one of them will follow in her mother’s footsteps.



Melani brings warmth and joyfulness to our office. She has lots of experience, and her skills, including sincerity and attention, make her a delight to the patients. We all love her bright spirit and calm demeanor, and its clear to all our patients and their families that Mel enjoys working in pediatric dentistry.

During her free time, Melani loves to draw, paint, and create scrapbooks - at least when she’s not dealing with her two teenage boys.

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    Pediatric Dentistry - from Ages 1 to 18 Special Needs Dentistry IV Sedation

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    My kids don't want to leave!

    We greatly appreciate the atmosphere here. We are grateful for Dr. Pivnik and his staff.

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