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Neidre Banakus, D.D.S.
Courtney Beed, D.D.S.

Neidre Banakus, DDS
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Neidre Banakus, DDS -
Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialist

Dr. Banakus received her dental degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. While at WVU, Dr. Banakus was the Student Research Body President, a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, and inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Upon graduation, Dr. Banakus received the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography Award and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Student Achievement Award.

After dental school, Dr. Banakus completed a General Practice Residency at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. At this Level-1 Trauma Center, she received the Resident of the Year Award. While in New York, Dr. Banakus met her husband Dan, a Novato native.

At the completion of her General Practice rotation, Dr. Banakus completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she served as Chief Resident. While in the Pediatric Dental Program, Dr. Banakus received several awards for her research, including an award from the Kentucky Dental Association.

Having visited Novato several times during her residency, Dr. Banakus fell in love with the area and its charm. With her husband and two dogs (Lancer and Remy), Dr. Banakus moved to Novato to establish Novato Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Banakus is a Diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Marin County Dental Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She holds certifications in Oral Conscious Sedation, as well as Basic and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Dr. Banakus loves spending her free time playing with her son Ashton and also enjoys running, spinning, golfing, swimming, and reading.

"Children are amazing and constantly keep me smiling and laughing.  I feel like I connect with children in a way that helps me understand their anxieties and fears and allows me to help comfort them.  I take great pride in my relationships with each individual patient and their teeth.  I love helping groom kids into happy dental patients, with good oral health care, that will lead to a life-long positive attitude toward dental care and healthy habits. I treat every patient as if they are my own child.  I love teeth and I love children - from infancy through their college years.  My relationships with my patients go well beyond dental exams twice a year.  I am from a very small town originally and I strive to treat each of my patients with my small-town values."

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Courtney Beed, DDS
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Courtney Beed, DDS -
Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialist

Dr. Courtney Beed is a California native and grew up in Irvine, CA. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at the University of California, Davis. As the daughter of not one, but two pediatricians, Dr. Courtney was destined to work with children!

She received her dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry. While attending dental school she was involved in several honors programs including Honors in Pediatric Dentistry and Honors in Research. She was inducted in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.

After graduating from dental school, she completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Courtney has participated in several dental outreach trips to Mexico, Maine, and Upstate New York. She is very passionate about community outreach and becoming involved with organized dentistry.

After spending many years in New York, she is excited to be back in California with her husband, and to be serving the community of Novato and the surrounding areas.

In her spare time, Dr. Courtney enjoys cooking, traveling, camping, live theater, and improvisational comedy. She loves to entertain her "office-family" with her love of comedy and dental humor.

Dr. Courtney is a Diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Marin County Dental Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She holds certifications in Oral Conscious Sedation, as well as Basic and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Dr Courtney expressed, "I feel so lucky to have a job I love. I have learned that the greatest satisfactions in dentistry come from the ones that you are most passionate about. Not only do I get to help children improve their oral health and become wonderful life long patients, but I also have the opportunity to have fun while I do it. I feel truly blessed to have found this career. I am so fortunate to be working in such a great community, where everyone has been so warm and welcoming! I look forward to serving the children in the area for many years to come."(top)



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