Dr. Norm Poorman is from Kerrville, TX and attended Abilene Christian University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; as well as, a Certificate in Missions in 1993.

He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1998 from Baylor College of Dentistry, then a two-year Certificate in Pediatrics from the University of Texas Health Science center in Houston. He is certified in IntraOral Sedation and adheres to high standards of care in his sedation monitoring and emergency equipment. Dr. Poorman is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

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Dr. Swapnil Mahendrakar began practicing dentistry in her home country of India. She moved to Texas to receive her MBA. After graduating with two degrees, she joined the United States Army as a Special Forces Combat Medic. When asked of her time of service Dr. Mahendrakar stated, “I loved every moment: the challenges, proving yourself every day, overcoming fears. And I made great friends.” 

Dr. Manhendrakar completed her military service, became a United States citizen, and attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (UPENN). She went on to complete a two-year pediatric residency program at the Yale School of Medicine. 

Dr. Manhendrakar is married with two children. She loves dancing and spicy food and is excited to be a part of the Children’s Dentistry of Abilene Team!


Dr. Mark Benage is from Longview, TX, and received his education in the Lone Star State. He attended UTA, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there, he completed dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He furthered his dental education with an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and continues his education by taking advanced continuing education courses focusing on implant dentistry, 3rd molar surgery, IV sedation, and periodontal surgery. 

Dr. Benage is more than just a qualified dentist. He also has chosen to serve his community and country in the military. He spent seven years in the US Army, and later joined the Air Force. At Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Dr. Benage served as the emergency and IV sedation provider as well as the life-support chair for the hospital. Dr. Benage separated from the Air Force in July 2017 and moved back to his wife’s hometown of Cleburne, Texas. Dr. Benage provides wisdom teeth removal surgery under IV sedation.