Our Dentist

Dr. Karen Benitez, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Benitez received her doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2006. Following graduation, she pursued further hospital-centered training in General Practice Residency at Jacobi Medical Center and Pediatric Dental training at St. Barnabas Hospital. Her training was extensive in preventive and restorative care, growth and development, behavior guidance, including oral sedation, trauma, as well as interceptive orthodontic management. Dr. Benitez received her Board Certification in 2009 and completed her oral exam to attain Diplomate recognition in 2010 from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She practiced as a Pediatric Dentist for a year in Stamford, CT and Queens, NY before moving to the Washington, DC area in 2010 where she has made her home!

When not in the office, Dr. Benitez is thoroughly involved in the numerous activities that our area so graciously offers to their young children! She is dedicated to spending quality time with her husband and three children! They are often found at various fairs, events, museums, spray parks, story times, music times, ball games, hiking, camping and venturing into nearby towns! She enjoys art and museums, music venues, gardening, decorating, cooking and baking, reading, running, the beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, camping, dancing, culinary delights and traveling the world!

It is with great enthusiasm that Dr. Karen Benitez opens Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry to bring to the Washington, DC area her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for kids and their oral health!

Our Office Manager

Lauryn Rixse

Office Manager

Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry is proud to have Lauryn on their team as Office Manager. This big role involves organization, insurance knowledge, communication and charisma. Lauryn fills these big shoes in amazing ways. Not only will she be the voice you hear when you give us a ring or for a consultation regarding next steps toward treatment, but you will be pleased by her proficiency and spirited laugh.

In her off-superhero hours, Lauryn lives in Bowie with her significant other, Andrew, and their beloved dog, Colt. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching football and reading.

Our Dental Assistant

Youanidou Thiaw

Dental Assistant

Our office is delighted to introduce to you our dental assistant, Youie! She is the one to greet you and extend your visit through the office, including our fun dominoes wall toy and “Hello darling!” welcome board. Our office is designed for patient choices, making each visit unique to each child’s preferences. Youie helps your child personally select all their favorites, from toothpaste to their floaty nose smell!

Youie is Dr. Karen’s wingman! She is the voice of encouragement for our littles, alongside Dr. Karen, during all procedures. She’s calm, supportive, reassuring and knowledgeable. She really enjoys chiming in on a duet with Dr. Karen. They can get carried away singing to each patient’s delight!

She too retires her superhero cape every night to join her family in Gaithersburg. She is an avid kickbox fan, enjoys music venues and yes, ice cream! (Yum!)

Youie has aspirations to study Dentistry, as well. We fully support her in this endeavor, as she already is an incredible dentist in the making!