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Meet Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Daniel J Beninato, DDS | Piper Larson, DDS | Joseph Bost, DDS | Alyssa Butler, DDS | Stephanie Ebke, DDS | George Rakes, DDS, MS | Caitlin Schultz, DDS


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Daniel J Beninato, DDS

Education and Background

A native of Omaha, Dr. Beninato received his undergraduate degree at Hastings College in Hastings, NE, where he received a dual degree in Biology and Chemistry before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2000.

With a passion for staying at the forefront of modern dentistry, Dr. Beninato consistently strives to use the most advanced procedures and technology available in the field. He is one of a select group of dentists nationwide who have completed masters-level training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned center for cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Beninato has completed basic life support and DOCS training to be certified in oral conscious sedation. In addition to being a preferred provider for Invisalign® clear aligners, he also has extensive training in implant dentistry.

Dr. Beninato’s professional memberships include:

In 2002, Dr. Dan Beninato opened Premier Dental, one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art dental facilities in Nebraska, with the goal of providing cosmetic, general, neuromuscular, and family dentistry to the Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding communities.

Dentistry gives Dr. Beninato the opportunity to positively affect people in our community. Each day, he is thankful that he has the opportunity to work with a phenomenal, well-trained team, and his patients, whom he considers an extension of his family. He loves the fact that he has the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients; for him, it is a joy to be a part of their lives and learn about them and their families. Dr. Beninato has lectured and has appeared on local radio, newspaper, and television as an expert on cosmetic dentistry, CEREC® single-visit crowns, diagnostic technology, and TMJ/TMD treatment.

Outside the Office

In his free time, Dr. Beninato enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Pam, daughters Madison and Natalie and twin sons Sam and Dominic, as well as Swag, the family dog. Many know Dr. Beninato as a basketball player. He played basketball on scholarship at Hasting College and was on the all Nebraska team in high school. Since having mulitple back surgeries, he may now be seen on the sidelines coaching his kids’ various sports activities.

In the Community

A strong believer of giving back to the community, Dr. Beninato has worked with Heart Ministry Center to set up a dental clinic here in Omaha to assist those who otherwise could not afford quality dental care. Our team at Premier Dental also proudly participates in Dentistry from the Heart, our annual day of free dental care for the less fortunate. Premier Dental is also a PAYBAC partner with Millard Public Schools, support Mount Michael Benedictine School in Elkhorn, NE, the American Heart Association, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 
 
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Piper Larson, DDS

Dr Piper Larson is passionate about giving her patients the best and most pleasant experience possible.  She loves treating people, not just teeth!  One of her favorite aspects of dentistry is helping a person who is afraid of the dentist overcome their fear. The most welcome feeling is when a patient says "Wow! That was so much better than I thought!"
 
For Dr. Larson, dentistry means taking care of people.  Teeth are attached to a body and that body has a soul.  She chose to pursue a career in dentistry because she wanted to help others.  Dentistry provides the ability to enhance people's lives by healing their mouths and giving confident, healthy smiles. She loves being surrounded by our young patients. Their perspective and intrigue is so refreshing.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University as a zoology major and double minored in microbiology and chemistry.  She managed a health care technology company for five years before choosing to pursue a career in dentistry.  She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Dr Larons graduated in the top five percent of her class and was the recipient of the anesthesia award, pathology award, and named to the Dean's List.
As a dentist, Dr. Larson is a lifelong student.  Continuing education makes it fun and easy to stay ahead with new treatment options.  Dr. Larson has completed Dr. Rondeau's course on orthodontic treatment and advanced training in Invisalign.  She has also attended the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's National Conference in Orlando, FL, where she learned new and minimally invasive techniques for children.  She also belongs to the International Association for Orthodontic Practitioners.

Outside the Office

A native of Jamestown, ND, Dr. Larson now resides in Louisville NE with her husband Josh and three children - Westyn, Coltyn, and Noelle.  The family also includes a Bouvier named Pixie and two bunnies - Jellybean and Honey.
When not at work, Dr. Larson will most likely be outdoors.  She enjoys running, you may see her frequenting area trails. Dr. Larson is an avid marathoner, having completed the Boston Marathon twice and recently won 2nd in the Nebraska Marathon.

In the Community

For Dr. Larson, giving back to the community is extremely important.  She spends her time helping with Children's Ministry and coaching her children's sports.  Dr. Larson also has traveled to South Dakota to provide dental care to the National Guard, and participated in the Nebraska Mission of Mercy and Dentistry from the Heart for the past four years.  Being active in the community helps her feel connected, and for Dr. Larson, it feels good to pay it forward!

 
 
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Joseph Bost, DDS

Dr. Joseph Bost joined Premier Dental in 2014. Dr. Bost prides himself on being an easy-going and friendly person. The best part of his day is connecting with patients and making them feel more comfortable. Dr. Bost strives to not only give patients the best results, but also the best experience possible. He enjoys helping people to feel better about themselves by making their smile and mouth healthy. This may mean getting someone out of pain, restoring function to a tooth, or improving a smile. Dr. Bost states, “Dentistry is a challenging and rewarding profession. I love using my skills to improve my patients’ quality of life and to make people feel better about themselves. My goal is always to give the patient the best quality care in the most comfortable way possible. I want to eliminate any fear and anxiety by being thorough and compassionate.”

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Bost is an Omaha native and attended both Creighton Prep and Creighton University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton Dental School.
Dr. Bost is a member of the American Dental Association, the Nebraska Dental Association, and the Omaha District Dental Society. Continuing education is an important part of the dental profession. Dr. Bost has completed continuing education courses in endodontics, oral conscious sedation, and invisalign. He continues to educate himself on current trends and best practices in the field.

Outside the Office

When Dr. Bost is not working, he is spending time with his family. Dr. Bost and his wife Rachel have two children, daughter Evelyn and son Thomas. His family enjoys spending time in the Dundee neighborhood, where Dr. Bost has lived his entire life. The family enjoys cheering on both the Nebraska Huskers and the Creighton Bluejays. When Dr. Bost is not watching sports, he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family.

In the Community

Dr. Bost and his wife Rachel enjoy giving back to the Omaha community. Dr. Bost is an active alumnus for both the Creighton Prep and Creighton University networks. He is a lifelong member of St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church and continues to be an active parishioner. He and his wife are involved with the Omaha Public Schools community, where his wife teaches second grade. The Bost family strives to give back to the community by donating their time to various charities.

 
 
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Alyssa Butler, DDS

Dr. Butler grew up enjoying dental visits, and was always intrigued by the opportunity to help others enjoy and appreciate their dental experiences as well. Every patient has a unique story and she looks forward to building relationships with each and every patient she sees. She loves the opportunity to work with them as a team to achieve their treatment goals and optimize their oral health potential.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Butler grew up in Kansas City, MO.  She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where she received her B.A. in Psychology and continued on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UMKC Dental School.   Immediately following dental school, Dr. Butler was stationed at Offutt AFB, NE where she served 3 years as a Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps.  While here, her family grew to love the Omaha area and they decided to make the Papillion-La Vista area their home.

Dr. Butler is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, the Nebraska Dental Association, and the Omaha District Dental Society. 

Continuing education is an important aspect of the dental profession—Dr. Butler takes advantage of many opportunities available to educate herself on current trends and the best practices in the field.  She is excited to bring these techniques to her practice and her patients to provide the most ideal treatment options for each of them.  Dr. Butler has completed advanced training in removable prosthodontics/dentures from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  She has also achieved certification in Invisalign and sedation dentistry. 

 Outside the Office

Dr. Butler loves to spend time with her husband Sam and their daughters Brynlee, Brielle, and Benjamin. Sam is a teacher and football coach at Omaha Central High School. So as you may imagine, the Butler family spends some time cheering on the athletes at Omaha Central. The family has two dogs, Stanley and Winston.

Dr Butler also enjoys cooking for her family, running and traveling. She is always trying out new recipes and working to perfect old ones. Dr Butler has run a full marathon as well as several half marathons and multiple other races; she enjoys the time spent training for them and looks forward to the excitement of race days! In her free time, it is not uncommon to find Dr. Butler and her family cheering on their hometown teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.

In the Community

The Butler family spends time supporting the high school athletics and events of Omaha Central High School. They also look forward to serve and support the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Organization. Dr. Butler is an active member in Brookside Church-Omaha.

 
 
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Stephanie Ebke, DDS

Dr. Stephanie Ebke is passionate about dentistry and using the knowledge and skills she has gained through her education to help her patients. Getting to know patients on a personal level and helping them achieve their oral health goals make each day a new and exciting challenge. Dr. Ebke loves to build trusting relationships with each patient in order to treat him or her with skill and compassion.

Dr. Ebke grew up around dentistry, with two uncles in the field. While these family ties first got her interested in oral healthcare, Dr. Ebke ultimately chose the profession of dentistry to have the ability to help patients in any way she can, whether by getting them out of pain, helping them achieve a brighter smile, or simply by assuring they maintain an excellent level of oral health. 

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Ebke grew up in southeast Nebraska on a farm near Daykin, and attended Fairbury High School. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with High Distinction. She then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery with Distinction. She is excited and proud to be a life-long learner, which enables her to provide patients with the best possible treatment options and outcomes.

To stay up to date in an ever-evolving field and maintain excellence in practice, Dr. Ebke is involved with the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, Omaha District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has attended the American Dental Association national convention and taken continuing education courses in endodontics, CEREC restorations, and other areas of dentistry, helping her excel in the field.

Outside the Office

Dr. Ebke moved to Omaha after completing her undergraduate degree and dental training in Lincoln. She enjoys spending her free time staying active by biking, running, hiking, and snow skiing. If Dr. Ebke is away from the office for an extended period of time she can likely be found in Colorado. Some of her other hobbies include knitting, reading, baking, and cherishing time spent with family and friends. Dr. Ebke is also an avid animal lover and enjoys walking and caring for her dog, a shiba inu, named Josie. 

 
 

 


 

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George Rakes, DDS, MS

Pediatric Specialist

Dr. George Rakes has been setting the highest standards of excellence in dentistry for four decades! An esteemed member of the local dental community, Dr. Rakes is board-certified, gives numerous lectures to local student organizations, has been published in many pediatric dental journals, and is a former University instructor and tenured assistant professor. He is also an active member of the American Dental Association.

When asked why he does what he does, Dr. Rakes said, "I love watching the children in the practice grow up, and establish close relationships with them and their parents. It has been very rewarding for me to see my patients come back to me with their own children looking to establish healthy, lifelong dental habits."

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Rakes attended Creighton Prep, Creighton University and Creighton School of Dentistry.  He then completed his Pediatric residency and Master of Science degree at the University of Nebraska.

Outside the Office

In his spare time, Dr. Rakes enjoys spending time with his wife Angie Rakes, MD. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. On the weekends, Dr. Rakes loves to spend time on his farm, going hunting, shooting sport clays, training hunting dogs and spending time with his grandchildren!

Community Involvement

When not working or traveling to see family, Dr. Rakes enjoys giving back to his community through church organizations and fundraisers. He is involved in out-reach programs through church and serves on the parish council.

Dr. Rake's goal with every patient is to motivate them and/or their parents to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not only for their dental health but also for their overall well being.

 
 

 

Caitlin Schultz, DDS

 Dr. Caitlin Schultz’s personal mission is to improve a patient’s self esteem. She believes this may be accomplished by completing a smile makeover or through simply improving a patient’s wellness. Dr. Schultz strives to be the dentist that makes patients feel comfortable; she listens to her patients’ priorities and completes treatment to her patients’ satisfaction.

At a young age, she became witness to the concept that you not only have the ability to make someone smile, but you can change his or her smile. Due to an injury as a toddler, she had bruises on her permanent teeth. After years of dental treatment herself, she gained self-confidence and found herself wanting to show off her smile all the time. She quickly realized that she wanted to be able to provide this service to someone else one day.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Schultz graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Nutrition Science and a minor in Biochemistry before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.

Dr. Schultz is committed to providing the latest advances in dental treatment to her patients. She has attended several dental conferences and is always seeking out continuing education courses to provide the best care for her patients.

Dr. Schultz is a member of the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, Omaha District Dental Society, and the Christian Dental Society.

Outside the Office

Dr. Schultz grew up in Fremont, NE. Her family since relocated to the Elkhorn area, making the choice of where to practice dentistry easier; close to family. She is excited to be closer to her family and looks forward to spending even more time with them, especially her nieces and nephews.

In the Community

Dr. Schultz has always been an active member of her community and has a long list of community service projects. Included in these community service projects are numerous hours spent educating elementary school students about their dental health. Dr. Schultz is a member of St. Patrick's Parish and is always looking to volunteer within the Omaha community.

 

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