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Dr. Richard Caven

Dr. Richard Chace Caven is a fifth generation, Florida dentist. For over 150 years, Dr. Caven and his family have strived to provide the highest quality and most friendly dental care. Dating back to the 1860's to Dr. Caven's great great grandfather, James Chace, there has been true integrity and personal attention given to patients. And as reported in The Jacksonville Magazine, his dental peers have voted Dr. Caven as both a Top Dentist and Top Doctor in Jacksonville year after year. There truly is Continuity in a Time of Change.

Dr. Caven was born and raised in Jacksonville and has practiced dentistry here since 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his D.M.D. from the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Dr. Caven is committed to continually learning about advances in dental care. He has attended 1000's of hours of continuing education courses in CEREC CAD-CAM technology, Lasers, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Implant supported dentures in one day called Teeth Xpress, ZOOM Whitening, advanced aesthetic considerations, porcelain veneers and crowns, advanced dental bonding, implant restorations, TMJ diagnosis and treatment, periodontal treatment, air abrasion technology, root canal treatment, Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm Ultra dermal filler.

Dr. Caven has been featured on the local news and in the newspaper, has published articles for local magazines and for more than three years, Dr. Caven produced and hosted "Your Family Dentist," a TV program that explained basic dental information to the lay public in easy-to-understand terms. 

Dr. Caven has been on the Clinical Board Advisor of the local Southpoint Study Club and helps lead a local educational experience in laser technology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Northeast District Dental Association, the Jacksonville Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Pankey Learning Group, the Gebhard Study Club and a Charter member of the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Away from the dental office, Dr. Caven has been married to his wife, Debbie, since 2004 and has a young girl and a younger boy to keep things active at home. He is a Charter member of the Southpoint Rotary Club and very active in the tennis community as an A level player.

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Stephen Carpenter, DDS

A native of Jacksonville, FL

Graduated from Jacksonville University and from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Carpenter is a Veteran of the United States Navy. After his service he began his private practice in 1982. He has consistently been recognized by the Jacksonville Magazine as a one of the Top Dentists in city.

Dental education has been central to Dr. Carpenter’s professional journey. He has been a life member of The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Jacksonville Dental Society. 

 

 

Front Desk Team


Susan

Susan

I am in awe of my profession and the technology that continues to change! As your Patient Facilitator, I love working with you, your financial comfort zone and your insurance to develop the details of your plan to help you achieve your goals, be healthy and LOVE your smile. No two patients are ever the same so every day has a new reward! Outside of the office I enjoy spending time on any body of water, fishing, scalloping, boating and spending time with her family!

Ciarra

Ciarra

I have been in the dental field since 2011 after receiving my Extended Dental Assisting degree from Everest University. I have been with Dr. Richard Caven since 2012 as your main contact point, scheduling coordinator and “the person that makes it happen!” I love my roll in helping out patients achieve their best smiles. Outside of dentistry I love traveling, spending time with my family and enjoying Jacksonville’s beautiful outdoors.

Jenn

Jenn

I was born and raised in Madison, WI and moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2012 where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. I have worked in many areas within the healthcare administration field and have over 10 years of experience in the health and beauty arena. I recently joined our team in 2018 as a key player in your overall experience.

 

 

Dental Hygienist


Naomi

Naomi

I am proud and fortunate to be a part an awesome team with Caven Dental Group. I appreciate all of our patients and want to make them happy that they chose to be a part of our dental family. I take pride in my career as a dental hygienist and strive to treat and care for each patient individually, according to their specific dental needs, through preventive and therapeutic treatment as well as patient education. I served in the U.S. Navy for almost 10 years, and soon after received my A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Florida State College at Jacksonville. I have always been passionate about learning, completing many hours of continuing education, including certification in administration of local anesthesia, and currently I am completing my bachelor’s degree. Outside of the office I enjoy many RV adventures with my family. We enjoy hiking and exploring areas we have never been to, photographing our encounters with nature along the way.

Laura

Laura

Hi! My name is Laura. I have a 31 year career in the dental profession. I’ve been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 22 years focusing on oral health education and maintaining healthy smiles. I’m a Fernandina Beach native, fitness enthusiast and avid flosser.

Hannah

Hannah

I am in awe of my profession and the technology that continues to change! As your Patient Facilitator, I love working with you, your financial comfort zone and your insurance to develop the details of your plan to help you achieve your goals, be healthy and LOVE your smile. No two patients are ever the same so every day has a new reward! Outside of the office I enjoy spending time on any body of water, fishing, scalloping, boating and spending time with her family!

 

 

Dental Assistants


Lindsey

Lindsey

My name is Lindsey and I have been an assistant for 10 years. I am dedicated to our patients’ oral health education and their overall comfort while they are in the chair. Outside of the office, I enjoy running, cycling and spending time with my two children.

Marissa

Marissa

I have been working with Dr. Caven since 2018 as an expanded functions duty assistant. I love helping patients maintain & achieve beautiful healthy smiles. It’s very rewarding to know how appreciative our patients are when we’ve exceeded their expectations. Caven Dental Group is a fantastic growing team to be a part of. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time outdoors at the beach or bicycling.

Ashley

Ashley

Hello, my name is Ashley. I have been Dr. Carpenter’s dental assistant since 2010. I’ve been fortunate to work with a great doctor and all of our great patients and I’m so excited to now be part of the Caven Dental Group family. I’m passionate about dental care and strive to learn everyday how I can improve to help our patients. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son.

Jamie

Jamie

I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Jacksonville, FL.I obtained my dental assisting certification from FSCJ in 2015.I was lucky enough to be hired straight from school by Dr. Stephen Carpenter and have been his assistant ever since.I love spending time with my 3 girls, husband and our 2 dogs.In my free time, I love to walk the dogs in state parks, Kayak, ride four wheelers, camping and traveling to new places.

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