I feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful profession.
Having the ability to change a person’s smile, and thus change their life, is a tremendous privilege. A smile is the first thing we notice when meeting someone and makes a lasting first impression. It’s important to have straight, healthy teeth for a smile that’s filled with confidence. I’m fortunate in that I get to be part of making these smiles happen every day!
I love working with people: my patients, their families, my incredible team, our community, and now my oldest son, Dr. Jarred. My patients are important to me as people. I love getting to know them on a personal level, learning about their hobbies, interests, and passions. If my patient is young, I get to watch them grow up and cheer their accomplishments. If they’re older, we connect in a different way and I celebrate who they are in our community.
I’ve been practicing since 1988 and am honored to now be creating beautiful smiles for the children of some of my first patients!
The Benson Orthodontics Team
I work with an outstanding group of people who make each day a delight. They understand the importance of catering to our patients’ needs and comfort, making sure that each patient feels valued and part of our family. When people come to our office, they’re not numbers: they’re friends and we treat them as such.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor degree, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN
- Master of Science in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, TN
Each year I complete many hours of continuing education, concentrating on advancements in orthodontics and oral healthcare. I’ve extensively studied new approaches to cosmetic treatment and accelerated forms of orthodontics, along with Invisalign® aligner treatment.
Today’s technologies and new approaches to care ensure more comfortable, effective treatment and amazing results. Through continuing education courses, and participation in lectures and seminars, I stay current on new options.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Tennessee Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Tennessee Dental Association
- Nashville Dental Society
- Wilson County Study Group
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Winchester, TN, and now call Lebanon my home. I was lucky to marry my high school sweetheart, Katie, back in 1981. We met in a band when in HS and have been together ever since. We have two sons: Jarred, our oldest, is an orthodontist and has joined me in the practice. Our youngest son, Josh, lives and works in Nashville; we enjoy cycling and spending time together.
Outside the office, I enjoy boating, snow and water skiing, hiking, and traveling, especially exploring our beautiful National Parks! I enjoy reading about the early history of our country, too, especially biographies of our founding fathers.