Dr. Benjamin Nemec
Our Founder, Dr Benjamin Nemec
Dr Benjamin Nemec founded The Hills Dental Spa in 2012 with the express intent of providing a whole new experience in dentistry in Austin, Texas! The office was designed with each patient’s comfort in mind, and our priority is to serve as health care partners to our patients and allow each of you to achieve your long-term goals and objectives. Our desire is to help you facilitate what you wish to achieve and provide you the information and options to accomplish those goals for your smile and your health!
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Dr. Nemec is a Texan, through and through! With the help and encouragement of his late father, participated in football, basketball, baseball and track throughout childhood and into high school. Graduating at the top of his senior class, he was awarded an academic scholarship to attend The University of Texas at Austin. His mother’s lifelong service as a registered nurse led him to pursue a career in healthcare. After just three years of undergraduate studies at UT, he was accepted to the nation’s top ranked dental program, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. It was here he completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, and, no less important, began a relationship with Amie, whom he married in February 2000.
Since 1998, Dr. Nemec has enjoyed serving as an Austin area dentist. While practicing in the Austin Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, he began to visualize a dental office that would provide a comfortable environment for clients, as well as a focus on listening to and achieving their individual needs. In September of 2002, we opened The Hills Dental Spa in West Austin, which has been featured on numerous local television news programs and in many articles published both by local, state and national magazines.
He thrives on learning and gaining knowledge of the latest techniques and technologies. This includes postgraduate studies in cosmetic and implant dentistry, CAD/CAM 3-D dentistry, and special training on TMJ and occlusion through the world-renowned Dawson Center. For the last 10 years, Dr. Nemec has been honored to share his experience with other dentists by lecturing on the use of CEREC CAD/CAM 3-D dentistry. This technology allows us to provide each patient with conservative treatments by creating custom made solid porcelain crowns or onlays that are created using CEREC in our office. What this means for you, the client, is fewer appointments, fewer shots, a high standard of quality control, and no worrying about the stability of a temporary restoration. Our patients love walking out of their appointment with their final crown or onlay in place. And they enjoy the benefit of knowing we have saved as much of their natural enamel as possible, thereby leaving their mouth healthier and stronger than before treatment began. By teaching these techniques to other dentists, Dr. Nemec has been able to expand the use of better dentistry for more patients.
Now, over 20 years into his career as a dentist, Dr. Nemec is forced to say farewell. In 2014, he was in a rare accident on a golf course where erosion of the ground caused a collapse of the earth right where he was walking. This fall lead to a whiplash injury and he was able to maintain the pain over these years with the guidance of his physicians. The damage to two vertebrae in his neck has finally lead to damage to the nerves that feed his right arm and hand. He has lost grip and dexterity in his right hand, and thus can no longer hold a dental instrument and treat patients. After undergoing an exploratory surgery in November, his pain has decreased, but the nerve damage is not improved and cannot be repaired.
With a heavy heart, Dr. Nemec walks away from a profession that he loves and something that he excels at. He plans to continue to lecture on technology around the country, and will continue to mentor our team and ensure we stay abreast of the options that come available to our patients for their best dental health. Join us on January 25th for a wine and cheese reception to wish Dr. Nemec the best health possible for his condition, and continued success in his future endeavors.