Tyler K. Nivens, DDS / Thomas A. Elliott, DDS

Our Practice


Making your family's smiles in Columbia, Missouri healthier and brighter since 1978

Welcome to Nivens Family Dental, conveniently located across from the MKT entrance on Forum Boulevard in the Victoria Park business complex. Here, Dr. Nivens, Dr. Elliott, and their elite team know that dental health is not just about white smiles: it’s about having strong teeth and healthy gums. It’s about prolonging the simple joy of eating delicious things! Our mission is to focus on our patients' dental issues and solve their problems in a painless, compassionate, and efficient way.

We aim to educate our patients in a safe environment while offering them necessary comprehensive care. We understand that many people have anxiety about dental treatment, so we have created a soothing environment and offer numerous calming techniques to help treatment run smoothly. By combining the latest technology with traditional methods, we provide our patients with the best dental care possible.


Tyler K. Nivens, D.D.S.

Born and raised in Columbia, MO, Dr. Nivens graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2001. He then spent the next eight years in Kansas City completing his undergraduate work in Biochemistry at William Jewell College and then dental school at UMKC, graduating cum laude. In 2009, Dr. Nivens and his wife moved back to Columbia to start their family and career. Before coming to work with Dr. Elliott, he worked for five years at the public health clinic in Columbia. Dr. Nivens feels his time at Family Health Center of Boone County was absolutely necessary in his dental path. It has made him the clinician he is today and allowed him to take care of the community that he grew up in. He is part of the Central Missouri Dental Society, Missouri Dental Association, and American Dental Association and stays up-to-date on the latest dental discoveries. When not striving to keep his patients happy and healthy, he enjoys attending Mizzou sporting events, playing golf, or building furniture.  It is Dr. Nivens' goal to start participating/leading dental mission trips with his team in the near future both stateside and abroad. 

Thomas A. Elliott, D.D.S.

Dr. Elliott grew up in Kirkwood, MO. In 1973, he graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. In 1977, he earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from University of Missouri School of Dentistry - Kansas City. He completed a fellowship in Oral Surgery while deciding whether or not to specialize.  Dr. Elliott decided to stay in general dentistry but is extremely skilled when it comes to extractions and other specific oral surgery procedures. Dr. Elliott is the founder of the practice, which he began in 1978.  Many of the patients of the practice have been with him since that time.  The loyalty of the practice's patients speaks to Dr. Elliott's ability to connect with individuals and his compassion and charitable heart makes dentistry the perfect profession for him.  During his spare time, he loves to take his dog, Izzie, on walks, climb mountains in Colorado, and go see his beloved St. Louis Cardinals play baseball.


Linda Coffman, RDH

Laura Pruitt , RDH

Front Office

Jennifer Kerpash, Office Manager

Iona Jeffries


Lisa Arnold

Melissa Dubois

Rebecca Jandro