Our Practice

Dr. Geoffrey Utterback returned to his hometown of Alliance, Ohio in 1975 to begin a career in dentistry. A second office in Canton was started in 1995 to better serve the practice's patient population. Over the next four decades the practice has blossomed into a practice comprised of two locations and four dentists.

Throughout the years the same principles have continued to be used that focus on giving each patient excellent, personalized care. We do this by presenting each patient with a comprehensive treatment plan using the latest procedure techniques and equipment.

We realize that previous dental experiences make people feel uneasy about going to a dental appointment. Our approach to this anxiety is to make every member of our team help make your experience one that is positive.

Meet Our Doctors

Benjamin Utterback, DDS

Ben grew up in North Canton and attended Hoover High School (1992). He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mount Union (1996) and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry (2000).

Dr. Ben Utterback is a member of the SCDS, ODA, and ADA. He is active in the community as well. He was recently appointed to Emerging Leaders, an advisory board affiliated with Akron Children's Hospital. He is also the team dentist for the University of Akron Hockey Team. Ben has also supplied the North Canton Strikers Soccer Club with custom fit youth mouth guards for its players.

Ben enjoys golfing, traveling, yard work, and tending to his koi pond. Dr. Ben resides in North Canton with his wife, Torie, and two daughters.

John M. Beres, DDS

Dr. John Beres joined the Utterback Dental Group in 1993. He currently practices at both locations. Dr. Beres graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science. He then attended Case Western Reserve University and received his D.D.S. in 1981. Dr. Beres practiced in the North Canton area before joining the Utterback Dental Group.

Dr. Beres is a member of the ADA, ODA, and SCDS. He and his wife, Angela reside in Plain Township and have a daughter. Dr. Beres currently serves on the peer review committee of the Stark County Dental Society.

James V. Brunie, DDS

Dr. Jim Brunie has been with the practice since 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Brunie owned a private practice in Alliance that began in 1976. Jim is a lifetime resident of Stark County and graduated from Alliance High School. He went to Case Western Reserve University for his chemistry degree and then on to Ohio State for his D.D.S. in 1976.

He is a member of the ODA, ADA, and SCDS. Jim has served as the head coach of the Alliance High School Varsity Boys team for the past 15 years. Dr. Brunie and his wife, Vera, are the parents of five children.


Meet Our Staff

Alliance Office

Hygienist
Molly

Hygienist
Jen

Assistants
Janelle, Emilee, Rachel

Receptionists
Beth, Michelle



Canton Office

Hygienists
Amy, Ashley

Assistants
Lana, Emilee, Whitney

Receptionist
Janelle



Community Involvement

  • Breast Cancer Walk
  • Dowling Mentor Day at the Dentist in conjunction with the University of Mount Union
  • Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Mouthguards for Strikers