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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 | Mark Griffiths, 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 staff, 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. He also likes coaching his kids’ various sports activities and working out.

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. We are a PAYBAC partner with Millard Public Schools and finally, we 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 how each person brings something new to the table and never ceases to be amazed how much those who come to us for care end up teaching us just as much as we teach them.

At Premier Dental, we are treating people, not just teeth, and one of Dr. Larson’s favorite aspects of the dental profession, besides the privilege to transform someone’s smile, is helping a child who is scared of the dentist finally embrace and have fun at our office. Dr. Larson, who is a parent of three adorable children, is passionate about kids. She love beings surrounded by our young patients because the perspective and intrigue they bring is so refreshing!

For Dr. Larson, dentistry means taking care of people. Teeth are attached to a body; that body has a soul, and she wants to enhance people’s lives by healing their mouths and making them healthy. Dr. Larson chose to pursue a career in dentistry because she wanted to help others. Dentistry provides her much-needed flexibility to have both a rewarding career and also raise a family.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University as a zoology major and double minored in microbiology and chemistry before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, NE. She graduated with honors in the top five percent of her class.

As a dentist, Dr. Larson is a lifelong student. Continuing education makes it easy for her to stay ahead of the times with new treatment options. Dr. Larson has completed traditional orthodontics treatment as well as Invisalign. She has attended the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s National Conference in Orlando, FL, where she learned new, minimally invasive techniques. She is a proud member of the American Dental Association.

Outside the Office

A native of Jamestown, ND, Dr. Larson resides in Omaha with her husband Josh, as well as her three children, Westyn, Coltyn, and Noelle. The family also includes a Shih Tzu named Scarlett. When she’s not at work, Dr. Larson can be found outdoors, including running and frequenting Zorinsky Lake Park whenever possible!

In the Community

For Dr. Larson, giving back to the community that supports her and her family is extremely important. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering at Christ Community Church in the children’s ministry. Being active in the community helps her feel connected, and for Dr. Larson, it feels so good to pay it forward!

 
 
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Joseph Bost, DDS

Dr. Bost loves getting to know his patients. He enjoys meeting new people, and always takes a little time at each visit to chat with each patient to get to know them better. Dr. Bost enjoys helping people 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 as a dentist to improve my patients’ quality of life and to make people feel better about themselves. I strive every day to be the best at what I do because I know it directly affects the patients that I treat. My goal as a dentist is to eliminate patients’ fear and anxiety by being thorough, careful, and caring."

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 continues to educate himself on current trends and the best practices in the field.

Outside the Office

Dr. Bost enjoys family time with his wife Rachel, their daughter Evelyn, and son Thomas. Dr. Bost is a life-long Husker and Jays fan and cheers for both schools. When he is not watching sports, he enjoys improving his golf game.

In the Community

Dr. Bost enjoys giving back to his great community. He is an active alumnus for both the Creighton Prep and Creighton University networks. Dr. Bost is a member of St. Margret Mary Catholic Church and enjoys giving his time and talent to help others.

 
 
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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 to work together 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 was stationed at Offutt AFB, NE while serving 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 LaVista their home. Dr. Butler attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School. 
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 part of the dental profession. Dr. Butler continues to educate herself on current trends and the best practices in the field to allow her to provide the most ideal treatment options to her patients.

Outside the Office

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

Dr Butler also enjoys dinners with her family, running and traveling. She is always trying out new recipes and working to perfect old ones. Dr Butler has also ran a full marathon as well as several half marathons. She enjoys the time spent training as well as competing

In the Community

The Butler family spends time supporting the high school athletes of Platteview High School and look forward to being involved as a family with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 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 relationships with each patient in order to treat him or her with skill, trust, and compassion.

While family ties in the field of dentistry first got Dr. Ebke interested in oral healthcare, she 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 just by maintaining an excellent level of oral health.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Ebke grew up on a farm near Daykin, Nebraska, and attended Fairbury High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. She is excited to be a life-long learner, enabling her to provide patients with the best possible treatment options available.

To stay up to date in an ever-evolving field and maintain excellence in her practice, Dr. Ebke is involved with the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, Omaha District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside the Office

Dr. Ebke moved to Omaha after completing dental school in Lincoln, and looks forward to being active in the community. For now, she spends her free time biking, running, snow skiing, reading, and traveling. She also loves spending time with family, friends, and her Shiba Inu named Josie.

 
 

 


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. Since moving here, Dr. Schultz is excited to get involved in the Omaha community and be someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.

 

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