Our Team

Meet your Dentists

Dr. Daniel Binkowski

Dr. Daniel Binkowski, also known as “Dr. B” by his patients, is a general dentist with a true passion for dentistry and a very diverse skillset from his unique education and training. He has developed a practice where he is able to provide family dentistry as well as specialized services. A few of these include wisdom teeth removal, implants and in-office deep sedation. His passion for dentistry has created a practice that caters to those wanting the highest level of comfort and care.

Training and Education

Dr. Binkowski graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry, after receiving an Air Force Health Professions scholarship. He continued his education during his active duty in the Air Force from 2011 to 2015, where he was commissioned as a captain. He spent an extra year learning clinical procedures from several board-certified specialists in the Air Force’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Offutt AFB in Omaha. He was ranked one of the top residents in his class for his clinical ability and treatment planning capabilities, as well as treating multidisciplinary complex dental cases. After, he volunteered for an assignment at a clinic in Eielson AFB in Alaska, where he provided a variety of dental services to the active duty population, such as the removal of fully impacted wisdom teeth, periodontal surgery, endodontics, prosthodontics and IV sedation.

His training did not end after residency, and he has since completed numerous hours of continuing education in the areas of IV sedation anesthesia and hands on surgical courses, as well as more than 200 hours of implant continuing education. While he practices all aspects of dentistry, from fillings to crowns, he is one of the few general dentists in the area who does all his own surgery, including placing and restoring implants, periodontal surgeries, and the removal of partially and fully impacted wisdom teeth. Dr. Binkowski also has privileges at a local hospital to see patients in an operating room setting.

A Different Kind of Dentist

Dr. Binkowski brings a wide array of clinical skills to Story City and the surrounding communities. He takes the time to talk to you and explain details in laymen’s terms. Patients at Story City Dental will benefit from both Dr. B’s diverse skillset and our many financing options for treatment. We take insurance and have an in-house dental savings plan and finance options to help eliminate cost barriers. And Dr. B brings Bear the comfort dog to work with him to help patients who need a little extra comfort.

Get to Know Dr. B

Dr. Binkowski values building long-term relationships with his patients. To start, here are a few things you may not know about your dentist:

  • He received a BS and PhD in biochemistry at Iowa State University, where he also swam for the Cyclones
  • His passion for dentistry embodies his love of art, materials and biological sciences
  • Binkowski met his wife, Kelly, at Iowa State University and married her in 2004
  • He and his wife are proud parents to five children: Autumn, Addyson, Piper, Zoe and Wyatt
  • He still serves part-time in the Iowa Air National Guard and was promoted in 2018 to Major
  • When he’s not practicing dentistry or enjoying the company of family, he likes to travel and fish

Dr. Sophia Chen

Dr. Sophia Chen is focused on helping people of all ages achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Each smile is unique, and she believes in providing patient focused comprehensive care to address each persons’ individual needs. She cares about the people she serves and makes sure you understand our options so that you can make the best decision for a healthy smile. With her years of experience, Dr. Chen prides herself in delivering quality, compassionate care in a comfortable and friendly setting. Having practiced dentistry in Keokuk for the past two years, Dr. Chen is excited to be returning to central Iowa and helping you achieve your best smile.

Training and Education

Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in 2018. During her dental school training, she has been very involved with the Dental Public Health Club and received a distinction in Dental Public Health upon graduation. Through the Dental Public Health Club, she organized several community outreach activities for dental students that focused on prevention and community education on oral health. In partnership with the University of Iowa and Rotarians from District 6000 (Iowa) and Xicotepec, she participated in two service trips to Xicotepec, Mexico that focused on providing preventive care and education to school aged children. She was also active in several student-led organizations and continues to be involved in community based dental activities like the Iowa Mission of Mercy. In her senior year, Dr. Chen had the opportunity to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages during her preceptorships at Broadlawns Dental Clinic and Sioux City Community Health Center.

Dr. Chen is committed to implementing the latest innovations in dentistry into her daily practice and engages in many hours of continuing education each year to provide the best care to her patients. She is trained in providing a wide variety of dental treatments, but especially enjoys doing InvisAlign, esthetic bonding, and treating children. Dr. Chen is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry and is pursuing her fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Compassionate Care

What Dr. Chen likes most about dentistry is interacting with her patients and sharing her passion for dentistry. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients, listening to their individual concerns, and working alongside them to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. She strives to combine her clinical knowledge with her patients’ goals to deliver the best possible care for each patient. While you are in the dental chair, Dr. Chen works with you to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during dental treatment.

Get to Know Dr. Chen

  • She is an Urbandale native and graduated from Urbandale High School in 2011. Go J-Hawks!
  • She achieved a BA in biochemistry with honors at the University of Iowa
  • She was active in the Kiwanis Family – Key Club in high school and Circle K in college. She hopes to continue her passion for volunteering as she starts her life in Story City
  • She was active in band, having served as drum major for her high school marching band and participated in university and community bands. She continues to support her alma mater at local high school marching band competitions.
  • She loves to bake and likes to try new recipes
  • Drawing, paddleboarding, playing tennis/pickleball, and doing Zumba are just some of the things she like to enjoy in her free time.

 The Staff

Taylor Brekke

Dental Hygienist
Team Lead

Bio

At a young age, I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist. I enjoy educating patients and providing them with great dental care in a comfortable setting. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kyler, and we are obsessed with our blue heelers, Tilly and Lou. We love to be outside going on long motorcycle rides and playing fetch with the girls. I enjoy crafting, all things coffee, going to the farmers market and tending to my flower garden.

Nicole Funk

Dental Assistant
Expanded Function Level 2
Team Lead

Bio

I graduated from the Dental Assistant program at DMACC in 2012. I live in Story City with my husband, dachshund and two cats. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, camping, kayaking, softball, photography and target shooting. I’m a great listener and love building relationships with my patients.

Kaley Carlson

Patient Care Coordinator
Team Lead

Bio

Small town girl, I grew up an Ogden Bulldog playing basketball for 12 years. In my free time I enjoy playing with my pups June and Case on our acreage. My husband and I love riding our motorcycles, canoeing, and spending time with our families. Oh and cheering on our Hawkeyes 🙂

Adriana Flores

Dental Assistant
Expanded Function Level 1

Bio

I’m a small town girl with big city experience. I have a great passion for the medical field. I enjoy educating patients and helping them become more confident and motivated about dental health. At home I enjoy spending time with my 10 month old Mila and my significant other. I also love cooking and spending time with close friends and loved ones.

Ranee Mcaninch

Insurance Specialist

Bio

Professionally I have been in the dental profession for 3 years and the insurance field for 8 years. I am always looking for ways to grow and expand my knowledge with Medical and Dental insurance. At home, my family includes my husband of 10 years Chuck, two ornery boys Lucas, 9 and Levi, 7. We have 2 fur babies Elsa our 4 year old black lab and Zoey our 12 year old Bengal cat. We have a very active home life with wrestling, baseball, camping, fishing, and making memories.

Katie Purdy

Patient Care Coordinator

Bio

I have been with Story City Dental since January 2019. I am passionate about getting to know our patients and making sure they receive quality service and attention. I reside in Iowa Falls with my soon-to-be husband, Scott, and our 1-year old daughter, Charlee. In my down time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, golfing and traveling.

Kelly Binkowski

Practice Administrator

Bio

I love coming to work and being a part of the team. I enjoy working with people and the challenge of learning new things as we grow this business. It is amazing to be a part of the reality of something that was just a dream for so long. When I am not in the office, I am at home taking care of our five children who keep me very busy between school and all of their activities. In my spare time I love to stay active, travel, and curl up with a good book.

Katy Moran

Dental Hygienist

Bio

I was born in Iowa, but raised in Arkansas. I moved back to Iowa in 2013 where I finished college from Iowa Central for Dental Hygiene in 2019. My husband and I enjoy the outdoors. We like to stay active and enjoy working on house projects.

Jo Muller

Dental Assistant
Expanded Function

Bio

Jo has lives in Boone with her husband, Rich, and her daughter, Maggy. She has been a dental assistant for over 13 years and loves helping people! She is the mother of 5 kids and has 2 grand-dogs that she loves to spoil!

Morgan Henrichs

Dental Assistant

Bio

I live in Story City with my significant other, Tanner. We love spending time with our dogs, Buddy & Nellie, camping, kayaking, and spending time with friends. I have always had a passion for working for others. I love getting to know patients and ensuring they have the best experience at the dentist.

Meet Bear

Bear is Story City Dental’s English doodle comfort dog. He was born February 22, 2018, and shortly thereafter joined the Binkowski family and started therapy dog training. Bear loves coming into the office to meet patients and to stand by their sides for stress-free, anxiety-free — and even fun — procedures.

FUN FACTS ABOUT BEAR

  • An English doodle is half English cream golden retriever and half poodle
  • Binkowski’s daughters named the dog Bear because they thought he looked like a polar bear
  • His favorite place to be is at the side of a human
  • The Binkowski family loves everything about him — except for the holes he digs in their backyard

Meet Our Partner

To provide Deep Sleep Dentistry, we have partnered with a local anesthesia group, Heartland Anesthesia & Consulting, to administer our different anesthesia options. Mindy Miller and her staff are a key resource in providing anxiety-free dentistry.

About Heartland Anesthesia & Consulting

Heartland Anesthesia & Consulting is a local Iowa anesthesia group who provides services in offices, ASCs and hospital settings. Our team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have a wide range of expertise and skills in all areas of anesthesia. Heartland has been working with Dr. Binkowski for more than a year serving the patrons of Story City Dental and offering safe sedation care for a variety of dental procedures. Our only goal is to make each and every patient comfortable and secure with our experience, professionalism, and customer service.

Meet Mindy Miller, CRNA

Mindy Miller CRNA, the owner of Heartland Anesthesia & Consulting, has been a CRNA for 15 years. She has in-depth knowledge and experience with dental sedation as well as other types of office-based anesthesia. In her practice, she provides anesthesia services for offices and hospitals across this state.

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