Dr. Benavides is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR). She was part of the ABOMR Board of Directors from 2015 to 2020 and served as the ABOMR President in 2020. She also served as Councilor for Communications of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Chair of the Research and Technology Committee.
She received her D.D.S. from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia. She then completed an externship program in the Craniofacial Genetics Department at the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, she completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) program at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) and the Truman Medical Center. At UMKC, she also received her Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology training and a PhD in Oral Biology and Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Benavides is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts in the multidisciplinary aspects of diagnostic imaging. Her research interests include the integration of emerging technology to evaluate tissue structure and properties. She has served as a co-investigator in NIH funded grants for the past 8 years. Her clinical practice is dedicated to head and neck 2D and 3D imaging interpretation.