You work hard every day to keep your family smiling – and Dr. Arlene Benitez, Dr. David Terlizzi, and Dr. Timothy Yu want to be a part of that mission. As your local Laveen dentists, Dr. Benitez, Dr. Yu, and Dr. Terlizzi work diligently to provide comprehensive dental services that are convenient, comfortable and cost-effective. Dr. Yu provides gentle, yet effective orthodontics. Their goal is to keep you smiling so you can enjoy meals, laugh confidently and grow together as a happy, healthy family.

Dr. Arlene Benitez

Dr. Benitez was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu.  Since she was just a little girl, she knew she wanted to become a Dentist.  She attended Chaminade University of Honolulu and earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree.  She then went on to attend the very reputable University of Southern California School of Dentistry and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  Dr. Benitez prides herself in gentle and conservative dentistry and always puts her patients first.  She is a lifelong learner and stays current with dentistry through continuing education courses so that she can provide the best care for her patients.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.


Dr. David Terlizzi

With more than 16 years of dental experience, Dr. Terlizzi is an exceptional dentist with an honest and conservative approach to each patient situation. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology/Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated as the top student in his major. He also earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the prestigious University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr. Terlizzi is dedicated to continuting education. He uses the latest technologies and newest techniques so he can provide the absolute best dental care to patients.


Timothy Yu, DMD – Orthodontist

Dr. Timothy Yu was born and raised in Michigan and went to Oberlin College in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He continued his love of science by attending Temple University School of Dentistry in Pennsylvania, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, graduating near the top of his class.

During dental school, he found his life’s calling – orthodontics – and continued his pursuit by remaining at Temple University to complete his orthodontic residency, earning a Master of Science degree and Orthodontic Specialty Certificate. During residency, he was able to explore many cutting-edge areas of orthodontics, culminating in his master’s thesis studying the effectiveness of Invisalign® compared to conventional braces.

Dr. Yu is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, and he is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and American Board of Orthodontics. In his spare time, he loves golfing and spending time with his wife and family.


Come meet Dr. Shah, Dr. Terlizzi and Dr. Yu. We offer same day visits when possible. Walk-ins are always welcome, but we suggest scheduling an appointment so we can provide you with the best dental experience possible.