Meet The Doctors

Claire C. Kaugars, D.D.S.

Dr. Claire C. Kaugars - American Board of Periodontology certified and Past President of the Richmond Dental Society


Dr. Kaugars was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Biloxi, Mississippi. She moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and loved Richmond so much, she never left! She also completed her Periodontics residency at VCU and began private practice in Periodontics treating oral and periodontal diseases and replacing missing teeth with implants.  Drs. Kaugars and Miller merged their practices because they discovered that they had similar practice philosophies in providing the best patient care, using state of the art technology, and creating a comfortable, gentle patient-friendly environment.  


Dr. Kaugars is a board certified periodontist and a member of the American Association of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Society of Periodontists, the Virginia Dental Association, the Richmond Dental Society, the Academy of Osseointegration, American Association of Women Dentists and several local dental study clubs. She has been honored by faculty and colleagues by induction in OKU, Pierre Fauchard Society, as well as fellowships in VDA and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Kaugars is a member of the Board of Advisors of the VCU Dental School. She has served as a part-time clinical instructor and Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at VCU for over 30 years, and periodontics residents routinely observe cases in her office. She has served as president of the Virginia Society of Periodontists and as President-elect,Treasurer, a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Dental Society and delegate to the Virginia Dental Association.  She has also served on numerous committees for the Richmond Dental Society and the Virginia Dental Association. Dr. Kaugars is most proud to have contributed to the Virginia Dental Association’s Missions of Mercy projects of providing free dental care to underserved communities in Goochland, Eastern Shore, Emporia, Virginia State University, Roanoke, Wise, and New Orleans.

Community Outreach

Dr. Kaugars is an active member of Reveille United Methodist Church where she has served on many committees. She has a passion for outreach and service having accompanied Reveille teams to Habitat for Humanity in Eastern Shore, VA, New Orleans, and El Salvador as well as providing dental care on the medical mission trips to Honduras with the Friends of Barnabas Foundation. She has helped locally with Rebuilding Together. 


She has two grown children and one dog who helps her start her day with a long walk. She enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, cheering on Rams basketball, and kayaking on the James.

Our Dentist is an active member of the following Dental Associations:


Benita A. Miller, D.D.S.

Benita Atiyeh Miller, DDS - Past President of the Virginia Dental Association

Diplomate, American Academy of Periodontology

With certification by the American Board of Periodontology and licensed by the State of Virginia, Dr. Benita Miller has practiced periodontics in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia for over twenty-eight years. Distinguished in her field, Dr. Miller specializes in the treatment of various oral and gum conditions and the placement of dental implants.  Dr. Miller was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where she attended Collegiate School. In 1980 she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from VCU/MCV School of Dentistry in 1984 and then pursued her periodontal specialty training at Medical College of Georgia School of Dental Medicine.  She returned to Richmond to practice periodontics in 1986. 


Throughout the years, Dr. Miller has given back to her profession on a local, state, and national level. Among numerous areas of involvement, she has had the opportunity to serve on the Board and as President of the Richmond Dental Society, on the Board of the Virginia Dental Association, and as President of the Virginia Society of Periodontists.  She was recently appointed by the Governor to serve as the dental representative to the State Board of Health.  Active membership in professional organizations includes: Richmond Dental Society, Virginia Dental Association (VDA), American Dental Association, Virginia Society of Periodontists, American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Association of Women Dentists.  Among the honors Dr. Miller most appreciates is the selection by her colleagues as a Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Community Outreach

Dr. Miller holds a strong commitment to give back to her community, especially to those in need.  Since 2000, she and her husband (and more recently their daughter) have participated annually in the Virginia Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy in Wise County Virginia.  For many years, she has provided periodontal care for patients in need through the VDA’s Donated Dental Services program, and she has volunteered at Crossover Clinic through a medical/dental team at her church.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the vestry at her church and in its many community outreach programs. 


At home Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Michael Miller (a Richmond oral and maxillofacial surgeon), their teenage daughter, and their two dogs.  She enjoys playing tennis and the piano as well as travelling with family and friends.  



Our Dentist is an active member of the following Dental Associations:


Jill T. Beitz, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Dr. Jill Beitz was born and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She attended the University of Delaware, where she double-majored in Biology and Spanish. After college, Dr. Beitz pursued her dreams of becoming a dentist at Virginia Commonwealth University She then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to complete a general practice residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, after which Dr. Beitz worked as a general dentist in New Jersey. Realizing she missed Richmond and wanted to go back to school to specialize, Dr. Beitz returned to Richmond to complete a three year residency in Periodontics at VCU where she became proficient at treating various oral and periodontal conditions, as well as the surgical placement of dental implants. Dr. Beitz was very fortunate to meet Drs. Kaugars and Miller while she was in residency and discovered that they all shared a similar practice philosophy centered around providing the best patient care. 


Dr. Beitz is a candidate for diplomacy for the American Board of Periodontology, and board certification will occur in the spring of 2021. Dr. Beitz is a member of the American Association of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Richmond Dental Society, as well as other local dental study clubs. Dr. Beitz served as an alternate delegate for the Virginia Dental Association.

Community Outreach

Dr. Beitz has proudly been a part of many Missions of Mercy projects throughout the state of Virginia. She has also gone to Jamaica several times on mission trips to provide dental treatment to those in rural areas without access to care.


Dr. Beitz enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, visiting her family in Southwest Florida, and spending time with her fiancé, Mike, and their labs, Hank and Murphy.

Our Dentist is an active member of the following Dental Associations: