Dr. Maria Miller-Rinaldi became interested in dentistry at an early age while living next door to her family dentist, Dr. Michael Colwell in Iowa Falls, IA.
What appealed to her about a career in dentistry was gaining the ability to help people out of pain, being integral in boosting the patient’s self-confidence by improving the appearance and health of the teeth and developing relationships with her patients.
Dr. Miller-Rinaldi graduated from Luther College, IA in 2000 and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2004. After graduation, she entered the Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in O’Fallon, IL. Her role as a dentist in the Air Force was to prepare military personnel for deployment. This is where she gained the experience to complete wisdom teeth/3rd molar extractions. She also completed certification to administer IV-sedation during her residency.
After completing her residency, Dr. Miller-Rinaldi returned to Minneapolis where she has worked as a dentist in a group dental practice since 2007. In the group practice setting, she continued to offer advanced oral surgery procedures and IV sedation to patients as well as a wide range of general dentistry.
In 2014, Dr. Miller-Rinaldi became interested in helping patients with TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), myofascial pain, and the worn dentition (excessively worn teeth). She elected to pursue advanced education in these areas of dentistry by attending The Dawson Academy She continues to participate regularly in a Dawson study club and is passionate about staying current with the latest advancements in this area of dentistry.
Dr. Miller-Rinaldi lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Joseph Rinaldi, DDS, their four sons, and dog, Emry. When she can find the time, she enjoys sculpt yoga, tennis, playing piano, karaoke, listening to vinyl LP records, going to concerts with her husband and traveling with her family in their minivan to anywhere that offers beautiful outdoors and adventure.
- Highschool: Oskaloosa Senior High, IA 1996
- Luther College, Decorah IA 2000
- University of Iowa College of Dentistry 2004
- AEGD Residency USAF O’Fallon, IL 2004-2005
- The Dawson Academy Core Curriculum 2014-2016
- The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network
- The Dawson Academy Alumni and Scholar