Meet the Team

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We aim to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient, and we put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment.

Our staff is trained and skilled, and each member of our team has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Our staff includes:

Dione Benson, MBA, MPH

Office Manager

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Dione Benson our Office Manager, is the eyes and ears of this practice.  She was born and raised in Urbana Illinois where she was adopted at birth.  She was a gift in every way to her parents and grandparents.  She always had more energy and zeal for life than her parents could have ever imagined.  She accomplishes more in a singe day than most people do in a week!

Dione attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree.  After undergraduate school, she moved to Chicago and was an Assistant Director of a huge childcare facility, a nanny, married Dr. Benson, then went back to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained her duel Masters Degree in Business Administration and Public Health.  After graduation, in 1998, she and Dr. Benson moved to Denver and began their private practice, Benson Orthodontics.

The Benson’s were drawn to Colorado for its weather, great views and endless activities.  Dione began running in 2003 and since then she has run 25 half marathons and 8 marathons.  She practices yoga to gain peace and solitude in her busy life.  She often attends live sporting events and really loves to travel home to Illinois to enjoy the fun of U of I football games and visit family and friends.  Dione is a global traveler and attempts to travel to a unique part of the world at least once per year.  Two loves in her life are her 2 energetic Yorkshire Terriers, Oliver and Lily who she and Gary take on their weekend hikes and runs. 

Financials, scheduling and overall problem solving is Dione’s area of expertice.  She would like to be referred to as “Front Desk Goddess” but we refuse, someone has to keep her grounded!  However, we do appreciate her and her abilities to keep things moving forward.

Stefanie Breedlove

Clinical Orthodontic Assistant

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Stefanie Breedlove, our Clinical Orthodontic Assistant joined us in June of 2016.  Prior to joining our team, Stefanie was a dental assistant for 8 years.  She worked in endodontics, general dental and orthodontics (being her favorite of course).  Before she started working in the dental world, she worked in many interesting fields including, low voltage wiring for Media Logix and home construction.

Stefanie has a busy life outside of our practice.  Her three children, Tess, Ady and Josiah keep her on her toes at all times and are the love of her life.  She is very active and enjoys running in footraces and hiking/climbing Colorado 14ers.  Mount Evans was her 8th which she just completed this summer with Gary and Dione Benson which they started several hours before dawn.  Stefanie also loves to cook.  Her children prefer vegetables to any other foods.  One look at Stefanie, and you will understand that eating healthy is her priority for herself and her family. 

Stefanie spent half of her childhood in Omaha then her family moved to Denver when she was 8 years old.  She truly loves working, and it is apparent everyday when she shows up with a positive attitude and always something funny to say to make us all crack up.  We are happy to have her here at Benson Orthodontics.

Katherine Stern

Public Relations Coordinator

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Katherine joined Benson Orthodontics in November 2011. She is thrilled to assist in Dr. Benson’s efforts to connect and interact with the best dental offices in the Denver Metro area. Katherine loves working at Benson Orthodontics because it allows her to build relationships and educate other dental offices about the excellent care Benson Orthodontics provides to their patients. 

Before coming to Benson Orthodontics, Katherine spent 12 years raising a family and volunteering at her children’s schools, Saint Vincent de Paul, Regis Jesuit and Saint Mary's Academy. Her favorite volunteer job has been chairing the live auction for SVdP's annual gala. They raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for the school to perform at it's highest ability.

Katherine has a BA from Willamette University in Oregon, and her prior work experience includes positions in sales and marketing. For many years, she worked for Nordstrom in sales and management in the Pacific Northwest.  Katherine was recruited to work at a Denver-based company, Osmotics, where she was the National Sales Manager and National Trainer. Her accounts included: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harrods. She never thought she would give up working, but when her first child was born, she felt fortunate to stay at home to raise her family.

Katherine is a fifth-generation native of Colorado. She enjoys skiing, photography, entertaining, and traveling with her family, which includes her husband Tom, three beautiful children: Max, Emma, and Mary Kate. They also have two adorable Golden Doodle dogs, Piper & Trevi, who are the family mascots.  Katherine loves working with Dr. Benson. There is no question that she believes he is outstanding at what he does!