Michael J. Behnen, DDS

Meet Dr. Behnen

Michael J. Behnen, DDS“This is a great time to be in the dental profession. The technological advances that dentistry now offers make dentistry pain free, quicker, and more predictable. I have a strong connection with my patients and treat each one as an individual in an unhurried, focused and compassionate way. I answer their questions, address their concerns, and treat them with a gentle touch … every step of the way.”

Graduated Cum Laude from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Received doctoral degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1992.

Selected for the U.S. Army Endodontics Residency, Fort Gordon, Georgia in conjunction with the Medical College of Georgia, graduating in June 2000.

For three years Dr. Behnen was the endodontic mentor for the Army’s Advanced General Dentistry residency program at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Presented at the International Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting and published in the Journal of Endodontics.

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  • National Institute of Dental Research Award
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (4 times)
  • National Service Defense Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Humanitarian Service Award
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Field Medical Badge
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2 times)
  • Joseph R. Bernier Research Award 2000

Served in the United States Army Dental Corps for eleven years. He had multiple assignments including endodontic mentor and clinic chief. As a member of the active readiness Army he was deployed as a dental officer to Somalia, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Camp Hovey, Korea and to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Member of American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Thurston Mason County Dental Society (Past President), American Association of Endodontists and Washington State Association of Endodontists.

On a personal note, Dr. Behnen lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife Katherine. He enjoys fishing, snow skiing, bicycling, and weight training.

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