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BENK, Dr. Joel R. DR. JOEL R. BENK Dr. Joel R. Benk passed away on the morning of May 14th, 2014. He is survived by his wife Debbie Benk and four children, Joshua Benk (Nicole), Eva Sales (Trevor), Jessica Benk, Ryan Benk and one grandchild. He was born 11 August 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating high school and attending two colleges in New York he transferred to the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science. In 1980, Dr. Benk graduated the prestigious Emory University Dental School in Atlanta where he earned his DDS degree and later served as a faculty member. For over 3 decades he has been practicing dentistry in the Atlanta area. He's also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and was certified by the MISCH International Implant Institute. Dr. Benk was internationally recognized as a teacher in the CEREC 3D method, an extremely advanced technology for creating lifelike ceramic tooth restorations. He has personally trained hundreds of dentists on how to get optimum cosmetic outcomes for their patients with ceramic restorations. And he's published many articles in professional dental publications on achieving excellent clinical results using CEREC 3D. Dr. Benk has written articles for Dentistry Today and Contemporary Esthetics, sharing his knowledge and insights with other dentists. This includes an award-winning article published in 2006 on the use of techniques for dental injections that are comfortable. Dr. Benk has also been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Intown, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Dentist and Dental Life. He has been at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry since 1980 and has treated thousands of cases. He equipped his office with the latest in technology to provide all of the high-tech cosmetic dentistry procedures available today. Dr. Benk has been the on-call dentist for over two decades at the historic Fox Theatre, one of Atlanta's premiere venues for live entertainment. Over the years he has treated cast members in headline productions such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Stomp and The Lion King. He has also treated multiple professional athletes including competitors in the Centennial Olympics and players for the Atlanta Falcons. Dr. Benk was a proud member of multiple dental groups including: the American Dental Association, Northern District Dental Society, The Academy of Computerized Dentistry and the Georgia Dental Association. In 2007 he spoke to over eighteen hundred doctors and staff in Las Vegas about advanced cosmetic dentistry. He always believed in giving back to his community. He was a sponsor for The Way to Happiness, the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, the Foundation for a Drug Free World, and the Concerned Businessman Association of America. He was passionate as a drug prevention activist helping to curb soaring prescription drug abuse by making the Truth About Drugs available to colleagues, educators and law enforcement professionals. Seeing the program's effectiveness, he disseminated it to those who deal with drug abuse and provide drug prevention professionally-local police departments, school systems and drug courts. Dr. Joel Benk cherished his family, children and grandchild. Besides his love for dentistry, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, fishing, boating and supporting his community. He was a very enthusiastic and passionate man who brought life and happiness to those around him. The test of a life well-lived is answered by asking two questions: Did he do what he intended? and, We're people glad that he lived? Dr. Joel Benk answered those questions in a truly stellar fashion and will be sincerely remembered by family, friends and his community. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Online Guestbook available at www.westcobbfuneralhome.com

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 18, 2014.
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May 31, 2017
Awesome Dentist!!! For Years He Was My Dentist...And I So Proud Of Him...He Improved My Image!!! May He Rest In Peace...Until We See Him Again....
Gladys Jackson
February 2, 2017
OMG!!! I was just thinking about him and planning to visit him to get long overdue work done. I saw an obituary and thought SURELY NOT!! Condolences!!!
Rodney Lester
January 21, 2017
Valenda Newell
September 16, 2016
I was deeply saddened last year to hear this news. On my first visit to his office, I felt it was like a spaceship with all the high-tech stuff and knew I had landed in the right spot. I was always impressed with Dr. Benk's gentle manner and the absolute professionalism of his staff. I never experienced any pain or swelling during or after my visits despite extensive work, and he referred me to another stellar colleague when needing an in-hospital procedure. His achievements speak for themselves. He was a light for his profession, a gentle dentist and gentleman. He holds a special place in my heart, and I miss him.
Shirley Ashanti
May 11, 2016
I am so sad to hear of Joel's passing. He was a kind and generous man.
Stephanie Marcum
April 17, 2015
Patrick ham
March 13, 2015
I'm shocked to learn of Joel's passing. Please accept my condolence. He was my friend and fellow dentist. We shared many good times together. Joel was never lost for words. You always knew when he was present. There was laughter and banter that permeated the room. Joel was full of life and he imparted a special spirit that always left one smiling. Rest in peace my friend. Dr. Pete Pagano
January 22, 2015
I just learned from just today from Dr Dunson that Dr Benk had passed he will be truly missed great Dentist vey kind and great bed side manners rest in peace Dr Benk
November 20, 2014
I am so sorry to learn that you are now gone. I remember when you had an office there off of Piedmont Ave. You were fantastic ! I visited you back in 1987.
John Boyd
July 30, 2014
So sorry to learn of Dr. Benk's passing. He was such a kind and generous soul. My thoughts are with with Debbie and the family.
Liz Down (Epstein)
July 15, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Benk. It was very difficult to learn of his passing, I know it happened a few weeks ago. I met Dr. Benk a few years ago at a dental meeting and have since been in contact with him regularly regarding his CE credits and courses, and I remember him as a very polite and kind person, always with a smile and always surprised when he asked if I remembered him (I travel quiet a bit and meet many drs at meetings). I just spent some time on the phone with him back in April... I am truly sorry, sending his loved ones sincere blessings
Nena Puga
July 9, 2014
Prayers and condolences are extended to the Benk Family and the Atlanta Dental Center.

Terri L. McCoy (Patient)
Terri L. McCoy
June 22, 2014
May God's love bring you everlasting comfort during this time.
~..~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16
June 19, 2014
My deepest Condolences to the Benk's family !
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Joel Benk he's been my dentist for 19 years and he was highly respected in that field. I just wish I could have accomplished one fourth of what he did,rest in peace Dr.Benk. My prayers are with his family ,Your faithful patient Quinto Gibson (Decatur,Ga)
Quinto Gibson
June 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Benk. He has been my denist since 1982. Dr. Benk was gentle, kind and a understanding person. He loved his family. He wasn't just my dentist He was my friend. Thank's Dr. Benk for my beautiful smile. May you rest in peace.
Antoinette Calloway-Beavers
June 10, 2014
Dr. Benk was a leader in Dentistry. We will miss seeing him & always appreciated how he took time to meet with reps on new technology.-Tulsa Dental
Tulsa Dental Specialties
June 9, 2014
Dr. Benk was a good dentist. I am very grateful for the work performed on me. R.I.P Dr. Benk.
Jennifer Zachery
June 8, 2014
I am grateful that I was introduced to Dr. Benk. He saved me a lot of pain and heartache after a very bad experience with another dentist. He will be missed.
Chandra F.
June 6, 2014
I was always very proud to tell people that Dr Benk was my dentist. What a kind hearted man. Everytime I smile I can't help but think of him. God bless you & your family.
Olivia Tennessee
June 4, 2014
Amazing individual, phenomenal family man, gifted dentist, and a shining example to those who crossed paths with him. I was shocked to learn of Dr. Benk's passing during my appointment today. I have been a patient of his since the '80s and after all those years I thought of him as a friend and not just my dentist. He was always encouraging and supportive of all of my academic endeavors as well as personal and professional accomplishments. The Bible records that David was a man after God's own heart, and I would say that the life that Dr. Benk led and his commitment to bettering the lives of those whom he shared time and space with makes him a man after the very heart of God as well. Dr. Benk you will be missed, but to be absent from the body is to be present with God. To Debbie and the children, my prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Love, Peace & Blessings,
Kimberly Harper
June 4, 2014
God Be with your family and dental family at this time.
Kristi Kirby
June 4, 2014
As a classmate at Emory Dental School who sat across from Joel in lab (due to alphabetical happenstance), I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Far too soon. Glad to hear he had such a loyal following and that he enjoyed the love of family and friends as is represented here. Heartfelt sympathies go out to the family.
Cindy Bogdanoff, DDS
June 4, 2014
My condolences to the family. Dr. Benk was a pillar in the dental
Marjorie Dixon, RDH
May 31, 2014
Joel was a great humanitarian and a wonderful father. His legacy lives on thru his church and his amazing family, all of whom I feel proud to know.
Brody Dernehl
May 31, 2014
Please find comfort in the Bible.
May 29, 2014
The light in so many people's life. Set an amazing example for all of us!
Robbie Dernehl
May 29, 2014
So so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful man. We will miss him dearly. Thanks to him and his beautiful family so many lives have been brightened and helped. Love to his wonderful family at this difficult time.
The Sgroi Family
May 28, 2014
Dr. Benk was an absolutely very kind man and a fantastic dentist. I will truly miss his smiles and jokes.
He will always be remembered when I smile. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Shaydron Allen-Porter
May 28, 2014
I was a patient of Dr. Benk since the mid 80's. He was a brilliant dentist. I was just in his office in April and we reminisce that we had known each other a long time. I will truly miss him.

C.Griffn, Jonesboro, GA
May 28, 2014
Dr Benk was an excellent dentist and teacher. I appreciate everything he taught me. My deepest condolences to his family and the staff at Atlanta Dental Center.
Henue Morrell
May 26, 2014
Joel was an excellent teacher and dentist. My deepest condolences.
Ronald Goldstein
May 26, 2014
Offering my deepest condolences. ( Ps 46 : 1 )
May 24, 2014
Dr. Benk was wonderful, He made me smile.
The world was a better place because of him. Rest in peace sir. My heart goes out to his family.
D. Mackey
May 24, 2014
Best dentist in the world! Gone too soon. I am deeply saddened. I am one of his first patients from the 1980's and I will truly miss him. You have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy.
Brenda Juckes
May 24, 2014
Joel, was a very nice Florida neighbor who will be truly missed
Jim & Barbara Nixon
May 24, 2014
Offering my deepest condolences to DR Benk family. May God grant you strength and courage as you face the coming days.
May 23, 2014
Joel was a good dentist and a warm kind person, he will be missed by all who had the pleasure to pass his way. My prayers go out to all the family, an so much love. Penelope Williams,Michael and Lisha.
Penelope Williams
May 23, 2014
Heartfelt sympathy to the Benk Family! I was a patient from mid 80's until his mentoring & encouragement to a dear family member allowed us to be blessed with a dentist in the family!! I've not known any professional for so long that I would feel remiss in not acknowledging the long years (20+) of great service! Ms. Denise Jenkins--East Point, Ga
May 23, 2014
Rick and I send our deepest sympathies to the entire Benk family. We were shocked and saddened to hear that such a dynamic and generous man is no longer with us. Our love to all, Rick and Judy Meer
Judy Meer
May 23, 2014
As a former dentist, I remember Joel as a pioneer of social marketing. This is only successful if you have something good to market. It appears that Joel did. He was a very caring dentist, who had a loyal patient base. May his memory remain for his good works.
Arnie Winters
May 23, 2014
I am truly saddened to hear this news. I send my condolences to the family. Dr. Benk became my dentist just last year. He helped me make a major decision to recreate my smile that I had been reluctant to do for years. The results were amazing. I know he will be missed by many.
Corey Bell
May 22, 2014
The dental profession will miss you dearly. You will continue to be an inspiration as your legacy lives on.
Dr. Jawanna Smith Wilkins
May 22, 2014
DR. Benk dedicated His life to helping
others He will be missed, when you
reflect back on all the fond memories of Joel,may the family rejoice 2Co 9;7,
God loves A cheerful giver, Acts 20:35,
May 22, 2014
I was shocked to about Dr benk death i visit the office in the late 80's my condolences too his family
Kevin hicks
May 22, 2014
Dr. Benk added a beautiful smile to my face and I no longer have to cover my mouth when smiling. He will truly be missed.
Annie Wilson
May 22, 2014
I have been a patient of Dr. Benk's since the mid 80's and was totally shocked to see his picture in the obiturary section this morning. Totally shocked! At first I thought, I know that face, and then it dawned on me that it was Dr. Benk. Totally shocked! Dr. Benk definitely had a calming affect about him, whenever I saw him for an appointment. He will definitely be missed. My condolences to the family. May you find great comfort and peace in knowing that others thought so highly of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Arneatha Glenn
May 22, 2014
I am grateful for my 25 year association with Dr. Benk. My prayers go out to Debbie and his family.
David Hicks
May 22, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 22, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
G. Freeman
May 21, 2014
I am beyond heartbroken,I will truly miss you Dr.Benk.You were as fine a man as you were a doctor.My prays an sympathy goes out to your family.
I will truly miss you.
joseph webb
May 21, 2014
I have been a patient of Dr. Benk for since early 1980.
He was the best of people that I ever had the opportunity of
meeting. He made my smile come out. My smile has made others smile too. Even by movie stars. He will be greatly missed. I to have lost a great friend.
Franklin Nunnally
May 21, 2014
I met Dr. Benk in April of 1990 after a job transfer from Charlotte, N.C. Each time I went into his dental office Dr. Benk always had a calming effect about him when you got into the dental chair. He always showed an outward concern about your dental wellbeing. Dr. Benk will surely be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Benk and also to his dental staff.
Wyatt Roseboro
May 21, 2014
The world is a better place because of Dr. Benk. His actions of being his best, giving back, helping, healing, and genuinely caring for others are just a few things that made him a great man. He did them all so brilliantly, too. He was sincere and and kind and thoughtful. My deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. Dr. Benk touched our hearts and our prayers go out to his fmaily at this deeply sorrowful time.
Nancy Cox
May 21, 2014
I began seeing Dr. Benk in 1986 when I move to Atlanta as a college student. Back then, I had little money. He worked with me and provided me a great smile which gave me more confidence.

He was always willing to go the extra mile for his patients. I remember him coming into the office on a late Sunday afternoon to help me after a sports related injury.

Rest in Peace Dr. Benk!

Your friend and longtime patient
David Stinson
May 20, 2014
I have been a patient and friend of Dr. Benk since 1986. In 2011 we celebrated our 25th association anniversary and I recall his smile and gentle touch. My heart is heavy right now and I can not believe he is gone. Debbie, my prayers are with you and the family. I know how much you supported him and how much you shared. My daughters are his patients as well and its as if they have lost an uncle. A visionary has left us but his memory will live on in the many lives he touched through his dental ministry. He and I bantered every time I came into the office. He was always quick to ask about "me" and that personal touch will stay with me forever. Rest in peace my friend and know that you will be missed!
Pamela, James, Cassidy Bailey Jenkins
May 20, 2014
I am deeply saddened. My sincere condolances to his family and assoiates.
douglas crawford
May 20, 2014
Our sincere condolences. "He [God] has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has furnished a guarantee to all men in that he has resurrected him from the dead."- Acts 17:31
Jb Rodriguez
May 20, 2014
My heart is very heavy now i just saw Dr Benk on last Tuesday a week before his death and we were sitting in the exam room looking over my chart and we started talking about how long i have been his patient.I meet Dr Benk when i was in my early twenty i am now 53 . He was my only Dentist that i could trust and felt so very comfortable with his knowledge and his gentle touch he had i never wanted any other dentist because he was and amazing man. it didn't matter to me how much it cost because i knew i would be satisfied no one else like him he will be truly missed. to the family and staff i pray that God continue to give you strength during your bereavement. sincere sympathy .
Mr and Mrs Frank Johnson
Angela Johnson
May 20, 2014
Joel was a stellar example of a good man. He helped a lot of people and worked hard to make a difference.
James Schaefer
May 20, 2014
Wow I don't know where to start! first I would like to send my deepest condolences to Mrs Debbie and family, I've had the pleasure of working for Dr Benk for the past seven years, and the ADC has became my second home over the years. Dr Benk have taught me so much and help me along the way his big thing was always Kiyana we need to just communicate and by doing that we settled alot of our disagreements, I sit back now and can smile at the many good times and laughs that we had at our office he always made a grand entrance every morning and we all knew to be in place!! We would joke( Daddy's) here! At this moment my heart is heavy and i truly miss him Dr Benk was truly a amazing guy he will be greatly missed by many
Kiyana Truitt
May 20, 2014
So very sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Benk. He was my dentist for several years when I worked in Midtown. He did my cosmetic dentistry several years ago and each day attribute my smile to him. Prayers go out to entire family in this most difficult time.
Ron Croker
May 20, 2014
So sorry to hear of Joel's passing. We'll never forget how welcoming the Benk family was when we moved to Polo Lane. We miss those days, our sons' friendship and the neighborliness. Please know even after all these years, we are thinking of you all and remember your wonderful husband and father.
Dan and Libby Bowling
Danny, Teddy and Elizabeth
May 20, 2014
Dr. Benk was a consummate professional. A caring soul who made a difference in this world for many people. He was a healer and a helper. He touched my life in a positive way for 30 years and I send my sincerest condolences to Debbie and family. He will be missed.
Hamza Sadiq
May 20, 2014
Wow, my first experience with Dr. Benk was I seen his article at publix and I said this is the man I need to see and I went to see him he was very nice and compassionate. He cleaned and fixed my teeth for my wedding day and they were beautiful he was so nice I even sent him a invitation. Although he didn't make it he was always remembered in my heart. This news was shocking and hurtful I cried I will never forget Him and he will be truly missed. My prayers to family!
jasmine chavira
May 20, 2014
The news of Dr. Benk was shocking. I heard it when I showed up for my teeth cleaning appt. My sympathies are with the entire family as I have known them for almost 30 years. My daughter, now deaceased, baby sat for Joel and Debbie years ago.Peace and comfort to the family,
A patient and good freind,
Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts
May 19, 2014
We offer our sincere condolences to Dr. Benk's family, staff, friends and patients. He was a pillar of the community.

Dr. Trent Jones
All Smiles Atlanta, Inc.
Dr. Trent Jones
May 19, 2014
Joel has always said he loved working with me my wife and how we had helped him a lot - truth is he has helped us tremendously in making our business expand and be profitable - that's Joel !! Always giving and helping others - one of the most selfless men I have ever known. It has been a great, great pleasure to have been involved with his life.
Keith Gilleard
May 19, 2014
Dr. Benk I will miss you! This news was so shocking. I just did not want to believe it was true. I saw you last only a few weeks ago. If I had known that was the last time, I would have told you how then how much I appreciated you taking such good care of me and my teeth all these twenty plus years and sticking around and always being there.

I pray God's love, comfort and peace to Mrs. Benk, the children and your family.

Rest well Dr. Benk!
Sabrina Fuller
May 19, 2014
What a great guy. Fun, enthusiastic, and passionate about life. Eager to help others and share what he knew. As a fellow dentist he readily shared his successful actions with me and was a joy to talk to.
As a spiritual friend I look forward to seeing him again in another time and place!!
Thanks for all you have done, You have made a difference for being here!!!
Paul OMalley
May 18, 2014
Dr. Benk was certainly our friendly family dentist, we admired and trusted for 30 years. We all will miss him. God bless you.
Hattie,Leon,Sadonna,Nikki Grimes
May 18, 2014
Joel was my dentist about 30 years ago and I was saddened to learn of his passing. I was a recent Georgia Tech grad with my first job, and he was a nearby dentist who was recommended. I had many hours in his chair. He did a LOT of work on my sad teeth in my early20's and did quite a fine job at that, as most of it still is serving me well. I remember Debbie working in the office and hearing of the births of the babies. Such a friendly and kind man! Both of you! I moved to the burbs and got married, had a job out of downtown, and so it was time to find a new dentist, who he probably recommended to me. I remember him encouraging me after my marriage to have lots of kids, they were wonderful, he loved his family so much. Far too young to leave behind his legacy. Reading his story was very inspiring, to hear how he has helped others and been a leader in his field. May the God of all comfort wrap his loving arms around you and his memory work good in this world.
From a former patient who never forgot him, Susan Schumacher Oltman
Susan Oltman
May 18, 2014
may peace of GOD, that excels all thought sustain and keep you during the the difficult days ahead, PHIL4; 7 GA.
May 18, 2014
Debbie, Joshua, Eva, Jessica, and Ryan- wish we could be there with you during this time. Know that you are loved and our prayers are with you.
Beth Hunt
May 18, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort at this difficult time in the encouraging words found at 1 Cor. 15:26.
May 18, 2014
May 18, 2014
I moved to Atlanta in March 1982 and was looking for a dentist. I found Dr. Joel Benk, and I have been his patient for over thirty years. Dr Benk is a knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated professional. I have been married now for 26 years and he has provided dental services for not only me, but by wife Catherine, and our two children, Veronica & Aaron.
In addition to providing excellent dental care for me and my family, he supported my little baseball teams and high school marching band programs over the years.
Dr. Benk will surely be missed by many, but his dedication to his dental practice, philanthropy and those he taught will serve as rich legacy that will continue to keep his memory alive for years to come.
It is my prayer that God's grace will provide the Benk family with the strength to see you through this difficult time of sorrow and grief, due the passing of your loved one.
Ernest, Catherine, Veronica, & Aaron Perry
“Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” Rev/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Ernest Perry
May 17, 2014
Joel was a stellar achiever in every aspect of his life. An adjective that so well describes Joel is dedication, dedication to his family, to his church, to his profession, to his friends. All who knew Joel knew that he not only achieved, he shared. He shared not only his financial resources, but his time to make sure that others could achieve as well.
Lee Sheldon
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