Education and Experience
Dr. McIver was born in New Jersey and raised and educated near Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she graduated cum laude in 2006 with dual majors in Science-Business and Spanish. During her time at Notre Dame, Dr. Holly studied and lived abroad in Puebla, Mexico and is ﬂuent in Spanish.
Dr. McIver earned her D.D.S. at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in the Houston medical center and graduated at the top of her class with OKU honors. She was accepted as one of only seven students to the esteemed orthodontic program at UT School of Dentistry. There she completed a two year orthodontic residency earning a Masters of Science in Dentistry with a specialty in orthodontics as well as a postgraduate certiﬁcate in orthodontics.
After graduating, Dr. Holly opened a private orthodontic practice in her hometown and taught part-time as an associate professor at the University of Texas School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics. Her family moved to Bainbridge Island in 2017. Currently, in addition to working at Poulsbo Kids & Family Dentistry, Dr. Holly is an Afﬁliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry Orthodontics Department where she helps train future orthodontists.
Dr. Holly has always been interested in working in dentistry, but during her own treatment in braces realized her desire to become an orthodontist. This profession offers a unique opportunity to work with patients of all ages over a signiﬁcant period of time to help them achieve happy and healthy smiles. She loves being a part of her patients’ life in a positive way! In her experience, the most rewarding part of her job is watching her patients on the day their braces come off, showing off their new smiles, and knowing she has helped them reach a goal!
Honors and Awards
Dr. McIver’s masters thesis on mini-implant devices used in orthodontics was selected during her residency to be presented at the American Association of Orthodontics Annual Meeting and has been published in the Angle Orthodontic Journal. During her dental and orthodontic education she was honored to receive the following awards:
Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Honoree and Inductee Quintessence Award for Operative Dentistry
President James T. and Nancy Beamer Willerson Endowed Scholarship Recipient Psi Omega Fraternal Achievement and Service Award
Dr. Holly is a Board Certiﬁed Orthodonist and member of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Outside the Ofﬁce
Dr. Holly married her high school sweetheart Rich McIver, and they have a daughter Evelyn (7) and a son, Patrick (4). She enjoys spending time with her family, including their dog Scout, spending time exploring Bainbridge Island and the surrounding Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound by foot, car, kayak and boat, and most of all cheering on her favorite team, the Fighting Irish!
Dr. Holly is active in the community as a member of Island Volunteer Caregivers, a board member of the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Island Association (BOSIA), Secretary of the Wilkes Elementary PTO, and active Parishioner and volunteer at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.