Dr. Bender was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduating he was accepted into the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry. Dr. Bender received his degree in dentistry in 1977 and was accepted into the Rush Presbyterian St. Luke General Dentistry Residency program. After completing this program he opened his practice in general dentistry in Elgin in 1978. He has received a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and continuing education certificates in orthodontic treatment and Invisalign orthodontic treatment. He has also taken advanced continuing education in Air Abrasive Dentistry. Dr. Bender has four children. Todd, Tracy, Micaela and Logan.