When you need the help of respected dentists in Grand Junction, CO, look no further than Dr. Eric and Jonathan Benefield!
As the dentists at Grand Dental, P.C., Dr. Eric and Dr. Jonathan are happy to provide you with the top class dental care you deserve. Get to know more about the men who would love nothing more than to make you smile each day!
Dr. Eric Benefield
Native of Grand Junction, CO
I was born and raised right here in Grand Junction, Colorado, and I’m proud to be a native of the Grand Valley. Growing up on the Redlands, I have some fond memories from Scenic Elementary, Orchard Mesa Middle School, and Fruita Monument High School. Outdoor recreation is still right up my alley. Some of my favorite things to do include hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, playing golf, and watching movies. I don’t know why golf is listed, because my inconsistency drives me crazy, but I continue to enjoy trying to improve!
I completed my undergraduate studies at Utah Valley University. Then, I was very blessed to be selected as one of the 140 dental students from a crowd of nearly 3,000 applicants at the University of the Pacific School in Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. In 2003, I graduated #1 in my class as valedictorian. Upon graduation, I served as a dentist in the U.S. Army for 3 years at Fort Polk, Louisiana. I learned a lot as I performed surgeries and root canals in a one on one setting with different specialists period.
My family and I moved to Phoenix, AZ where we owned a dental office for several years. Phoenix is where I gained a lot of cosmetic and reconstruction experience while performing smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitation for many, many patients. During the past 10 years I have dedicated myself to taking the continuing education courses that have helped me expand the cosmetic dentistry provided to my patients. That is where much of my training to do certain procedures has come from such as sedation dentistry, dental implants, mini dental implants, dentures, Invisalign, cosmetic smile makeovers, etc. If you need the help of a cosmetic dentist to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, I’m more than happy to help you in any way I can.
Family is important
My life revolves around my beautiful wife, Aimee and our six kids! Our four daughters, each born in different states, are growing up to be beautiful young women just like their mom! With only one son, we wanted to make his name meaningful. So, Hinckley is named after one of the most influential men in both my life and my wife’s, Gordon B. Hinckley. Then, just as I thought we were done growing our family, we were blessed with one final addition. Thomas, is named after another hero of ours, Thomas S. Monson. Coming home to Grand Junction, CO in October 2011 was one of the big highlights in my life. It is so fun to be raising my children right here where I was raised. Their love for the outdoors and the western slope continues to grow! It’s great to be home, providing dental care in this area of the world that means so much to me!
Dr. Jonathan Benefield
I was originally born right here in Grand Junction, Colorado, at St. Mary’s Hospital. My family moved away when I was only 8 years old, but I still have many childhood memories here. After that I grew up in a small town near Provo, Utah. After graduating high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career that could make a difference in people’s lives. That is why I made a decision to become a healthcare provider, so that I could do something that really helped other people.
I completed my undergraduate education at Utah Valley University with my BS in Biology, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors. I was fortunate enough to be offered admission at a number of dental schools around the country. The only accelerated dental program in the country is offered at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. When I was offered admittance there I enthusiastically accepted.
Since graduating I have worked in offices in both California and Arizona, but Grand Junction has always held a special place in my heart, and I am thrilled to be back in my old childhood stomping grounds here in Colorful Cololorado.
I enjoy many things including movies, reading, playing board games, running and exercising. My favorite passtime, however, is eating. I love good Mexican food, burgers, pizza, and really anything that involves eating. I also play the piano, and I enjoy listening to the oldies on the radio. I am very glad to be living in an area where I can also pursue other outdoor interests like hiking and biking.
I joined the dental profession in order to help people live healthier and happier lives. As your dentist, I look forward to discussing your goals for oral health and developing a customized plan to help you achieve these goals. I am a good listener and have a gentle hand, and I want to make your experiences with me as comfortable as possible.
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