For Dr. Lara Bainer, dentistry allows her to combine her loves for art and science. This marriage ensures she’s able to provide high-quality oral healthcare to her patients, and enhance their smiles, too. Always focusing on each person’s unique needs and goals, Dr. Bainer partners with them to help each reach and maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
Education is the cornerstone of her practice. She takes time to explain procedures in detail and in an understandable way, so her patient is able to make informed decisions about their care. She also knows having information helps to quell dental anxiety.
Dr. Bainer enjoys her day, filled with conversations with her patients. She loves learning about their families, travels, jobs, and hobbies. Once she’s had several visits with a person, she feels like it’s catching up with an old friend when they come for a dental visit.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Mount Holyoke College
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Not only is Dr. Bainer an advocate for educating her patients, she is equally as passionate about her own dental education. She strives to continue learning about dentistry, expanding her skills and knowledge, through literature and many continuing educations courses. She’s a member of the American Dental Association and has joined the Spear Study Club, as well.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Dr. Bainer moved to Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree and then worked in Chicago before returning to her hometown and dental school. Her home is shared with her husband and her daughter Vivienne. Her parents and sister live nearby. On her days off, Dr. Bainer enjoys cooking projects. She also loves time outside, hiking, and biking and kayaking the Minneapolis lakes.