Dr. Eric Benefield
Native of Grand Junction
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 and 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 3000 applicants at the University of the Pacific School of 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 such as oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists. After completing my obligation to the military, 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 make overs and full mouth rehabilitations 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 services provided to my patients. That is where much of my training to do certain procedures have come from such as sedation dentistry, dental implants, mini dental implants, dentures, invisalign, cosmetic smile make overs, etc...
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 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!