Dr. Benjamin Hulse grew up with six brothers and five sisters in various states across the country. This nomadic lifestyle continued after high school when Dr. Hulse served an LDS mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Apart from the wealth of life experience this brought, it also enabled Dr. Hulse to speak fluent Spanish.
Dr. Benjamin Hulse was a graduate and valedictorian of UVU's class of 2002. His personal research into the Indra butterfly was published, and his research into unique traits of yeast in AIDS patients is part of an ongoing study on the topic. He pursued and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Iowa in 2006.
Dr. Benjamin Hulse came to Salem, Utah, after having served in the U.S. Army as a dental captain. During his time in the military, Dr. Hulse was responsible for the deploying preparedness and reintegration of U.S. soldiers stationed in Europe before they left for or came back from Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a member of the unit responsible for hospital dentistry at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the biggest military hospital outside of the U.S. Due to this additional experience, Dr. Hulse is trained in advanced cardiac life support and is licensed for sedation. Dr. Hulse received the Army Commendation Medal for his dedication, the highest non-combative honor given for his position.
After his military service, Dr. Hulse moved to Cookeville, TN, where he opened his own private practice from scratch. After a rapid growth in business due to great word of mouth, Dr. Hulse's office was voted the best dental office in town in the summers of 2011 and 2012 by the readers of the Cookeville Herald Citizen, a paper that served the 60,000 residents of the area. Although his family truly loved their Tennessee experience, his family grew homesick and decided to return to southern Utah County, where most of their family is located.
Since Salem Smiles opened at the end of March 2013, it has been voted best dental practice in Utah Valley every year from 2014 through 2018 consecutively. In addition, Dr. Hulse was selected as one of the top forty dentists under forty nationally by Incisal Edge magazine, a publication for dentists.
Dr. Scott Stringham was born in Utah and grew up in Montana. During high school he enjoyed Boy Scouts, football, and river rafting. Growing up he worked managing movie theaters, as a House Page for the State of Montana, and as a river guide on the Salmon River. At 19 he served a two-year mission for the LDS Church to Argentina where he became fluent in Spanish.
After his mission he studied Human Physiology at Brigham Young University, where he met his wife Jane. He graduated from BYU with honors and as a member of PHI Theta Kappa National College Honors Society. During his studies he worked managing movie theaters again and for two years as a 911 Fire and Medical Dispatcher. For dental school, he chose to attend the University of Southern California, where he graduated fourth in his class and was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon the National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Stringham and his family spent the next 5 years in the Los Angeles area, where he worked in a busy dental practice and was awarded the "America's Top Dentists" award from the National Consumer Bureau. Although Dr. Stringham and his family loved being near the beach, Disneyland, and the San Diego Zoo, the yearning to be around family was too strong and they chose to move back to Utah in 2011. Dr. Stringham and Jane now have four children: Ellie, William, Brennen, and Peter.
Dr. Stringham chose dentistry as a profession because he was able to learn medicine and be a doctor, but still have time to be with his family. With dentistry, Dr. Stringham is able to help his patients feel better and protect their teeth for a life time, but also to give them the self-confidence that comes from a great smile. When he is presenting your treatment, you will often hear him say, "If this was my mouth I would" or "if you were my mom I would do this for you". His goal is to treat you like family.