Dr. Benedict is a family dentist and has been practicing for more than 35 years in the Silicon Valley area. She is past President of the Monterey Bay Dental Society and currently Trustee for the California Dental Association. Last year she was awarded dentist of the year of the Monterey Bay Dental Society. She graduated from the UCSF School of Dentistry.
Before she and her husband Jeff began their family, Dr. Benedict did volunteer dentistry in Mexico with Los Medicos Voladoras (The Flying Doctors). She has continued volunteering with her family and son, Dr. Bernhardt in Ecuador, Guatemala, St. Lucia, Haiti and most recently in Uganda with For World Wide Smiles.
She is an artist inside and outside the mouth and has won acclaim for her lithographs, watercolors and jewelry. She and her husband have 3 children, 40 mountain acres, 4 horses (3 Arabs and 1 Thoroughbred), a dog, a cat, chickens and a large garden (by the most recent census). Her son, Devin Bernhardt joined the practice after graduating from the UCSF School of Dentistry.
She enjoys learning new aspects of dentistry and attends many study clubs and workshops in addition to classes.
Dr. Benedict cans chutney and preserves every fall. She is an inveterate jogger, swimmer and volunteers on the Horse Patrol for Wilder State Park. She can be found there once a week, look for her riding in her uniform!