Dr. Powers

Dr. Powers grew up in Kissimmee, Florida before attending undergraduate and medical school at the University of Florida. He did his pediatric residency at UF Health at Shands Hospital. Some of his clinical interests include obesity and sleep disorders.

He is fluent in Spanish and has gone on mission trips to El Salvador, Panama, and Costa Rica. He also volunteers at the Mobile Outreach Clinic for immigrant children.

He has been an active member of his local church, Gator Christian life, since 2007. He has also served as a deacon and House Church leader in the church since January 2016. Chad loves spending time with his wife of seven years, Diana, and his two daughters.


Beth Justice, CPNP

Beth came to us as a nurse practitioner student in January of 2007. Following her graduation from Vanderbilt University in August, she came on as a part of the friendliest pediatrics office in Gainesville. She grew up in the area, attending GHS (go Canes!) and feels led of her Father to serve the children here with all of her ability.


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Elizma comes to Benton Pediatrics from South Africa by way of Georgia, where she studied. She has practiced Pediatrics for 12 years and joined Benton Pediatrics in September 2006. Elizma and her husband have a very energetic 3 yr old son, Ben who keeps them on their toes. They are extremely thankful to God for the privilege to experience the adventure of parenthood and the gift of a child. Elizma loves children and feels blessed to them at Benton Pediatrics.


Tom Benton, MD

Dr. Benton graduated from the University of Florida in 1985. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) in 1988. He has been in private practice in Gainesville ever since. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida.

Along with Drs. Boccarossa, Trumbull, and Zanga, he was a co-founder of the American College of Pediatricians (www.BestforChildren.org).

Dr. Benton was a member of the Florida Chapter of the AAP executive committee from 1999 to 2003. He is not currently a member of the AAP.

He has been a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association since 1996.

Dr. Benton has served his local community in ways that include: participation in the local Safe Kids organization, serving on the Board of the local YMCA, serving on the board of the local Crisis Pregnancy Center, and as a member of the Emergency Medical Service Citizens Advisory Board. Dr. Benton has been on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

Dr. Benton and his wife Kathy have five children and 4 grandchildren. He and his wife members of Servants of Christ Anglican Church in Gainesville, FL.


Rick Guerry, Office Manager

Our office manager for over 25 years, Rick is a native Gainesvillian Reptilian. He was born at old Alachua General Hospital, was a member of the first graduating class at Buchholz, and after serving in the Air Force, came back home and earned his degree at THE University of Florida. Rick is the father of three beautiful daughters and grandfather to four precious granddaughters. He is an avid musician and worship leader and will confess to being a basketball junkie. If you have any complaints or praises, suggestions or cheap shots, Rick is the guy to call.


Kim Parker

Kim has been with Benton Pediatrics since 1994. She is our front office supervisor and insurance specialist.


Front Office

Christy and Glenyse keep the practice running. Generally when you call, it is Christy’s pleasant voice that answers the phone. When you leave, we will gladly help you make your next appointment and see that your insurance company knows you have been in.

When the phones are ringing like crazy, everyone pitches in to get the calls answered….

Referrals are handled by Thomas.


Nursing Staff

We have an outstanding group of nurses: Jessica, Jennifer, Chelsie, and Jeni. We all work together as a team and pitch in.


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