Dr. Rivera is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist specializing in Gynecology and Urogynecology. Her focus centers around non-surgical and surgical approaches to urinary incontinence, bladder pain, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, as well as minimally-invasive options for pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Rivera also manages conditions of the bladder and lower urinary tract symptoms, including recurrent infections and inflammatory disorders.
Dr. Rivera received her undergraduate degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut and then went on to complete her medical degree from UConn as well, graduating in 2000. She moved to New York City for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health where she then remained to complete a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Upon graduation from fellowship, Dr. Rivera joined a busy urology practice in Connecticut, where she specialized in providing care for women with urogynecologic concerns.
In addition to growing a thriving medical practice, Dr. Rivera served as Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery within the Ob/Gyn department, where she played an active role in teaching and training residents and medical students and mentoring young physicians. Dr. Rivera also worked with under-served patients and participated in various hospital committees focused on improving services and optimizing medical care.
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1995
New York University School of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Residency, 2004
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, 2007
University of Vermont Medical Center
Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy, Dilation and Curettage (D and C), Pelvic Prolapse, and Bladder Sling
Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure performed in the abdomen and pelvis through small incisions with the aid of a camera. Laparoscopic procedures improve the health of a patient by diagnosing and treating gynecological disorders. Treatment procedures may include removal of abnormal tissue, lesions, or dissolving tissue adhesions. Hysteroscopy is a procedure that improves health by diagnosing and treating problems of the uterus in
women of all ages. Hysteroscopy is performed using a thin tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeon to simultaneously diagnose and treat issues such as uterine disorders, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, polyps and potentially cancer.
Dilation and Curettage is a procedure performed to remove tissue from inside of the uterus to provide samples for diagnosing or treating some uterine conditions including heavy vaginal bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding, and hyperplasia.
Pelvic Prolapse is a procedure that improves health of the patient by reinforcing weakened walls of the bladder and vagina to improve vaginal bulging, prolapse, and bladder function.
A Bladder Sling is a surgically implanted mesh or human tissue that supports the bladder and vaginal wall. A Bladder Sling improves the health of the patient by relieving symptoms of urinary stress incontinence.