About Us:

At Central Minnesota Orthodontics, we create smiles not just through skillful orthodontic care, but also through the energy, sense of humor and unique personality of our practice. We know that orthodontic treatment will help create a smile you'll be proud to share for a lifetime; however, we also want to make sure you use it before, during and after every appointment! That's why Dr. Rebecca Hanson, Dr. Kyle Knudsen and the entire team at Central Minnesota Orthodontics take the time to provide memorable and engaging experiences every day, one patient at a time. We genuinely care about our patients, we want to make orthodontic treatment FUN and our ultimate goal is to make you smile!

Meet Our Doctors

Originally from southwestern Minnesota, Dr. Knudsen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 from North Dakota State University and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2013 from the University of Minnesota, finishing first in his class. Upon graduation, Dr. Knudsen was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. In 2015, he earned a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree, also from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Knudsen was drawn to the profession of orthodontics because of its unique combination of art and science, and he finds great satisfaction in achieving beautiful smiles through orthodontic treatment. To provide the very best care for his patients, Dr. Knudsen places emphasis on obtaining continuing education in orthodontic techniques and technologies. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), American Dental Association (ADA), Great River Study Club and St. Cloud Dental Society.

Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Knudsen has varied interests. Growing up on a farm, he raised and showed purebred Hampshire sheep. However, he also appreciates experiencing new places and cultures, highlights of which include traveling across India, teaching English in Mexico and studying in Denmark. Dr. Knudsen is an avid slalom and barefoot water skier, and is a past member of the Little Crow Water Ski Team in New London, Minnesota. Additionally, he enjoys music and is an accomplished saxophonist and pianist.

Dr. Rebecca Hanson grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota, graduating from Tech High School in 1990. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota for her undergraduate training, where she majored in art history and minored in biology and chemistry. Dr. Hanson was then granted early acceptance to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1997 and graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

After dental school, Dr. Hanson opted to practice general dentistry in Colorado. She then turned her focus to orthodontics and attended Saint Louis University, where she was Vice President of her class and earned her Certificate and Masters of Science degree in Orthodontics in 2002.

Committed to offering a variety of treatment options, Dr. Hanson stays current with the latest in technology and treatment modalities to increase comfort, reduce treatment times and produce more predictable outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Hanson is diligent in her search for ways to improve the overall orthodontic experience, exceed patient expectations and deliver smiles that patients are proud to share! She is both a published author and public lecturer, and maintains memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), American Dental Association (ADA), Great River Study Club and St. Cloud Dental Society.

Dr. Hanson is married and has two golden retrievers, Louis and Finn. She and her husband, Tony, stay active with a variety of hobbies, including fishing, wake surfing, golfing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. They also love to travel and are always looking for unique adventures, especially by exploring new places and different cultures.

Meet Our Staff

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I have been an orthodontic assistant since 2011 and have been a part of the CMO team since 2013. I really enjoy coming to work every day because the entire staff is so much fun. I love getting to know our patients in such a fun and laid-back atmosphere!

I have been a dental assistant since 1998. I enjoy working in orthodontics because the regular basis on which we see our patients allows us to develop more personal relationships with them. It’s great seeing how we help our patients become more confident!

I have been an orthodontic assistant at CMO for more than 10 years, and truly enjoy the fun atmosphere at our office. There is nothing better than playing a role in giving our patients a smile worth smiling about!

I have been working as an orthodontic assistant for more than 30 years, so it goes without saying that I love what I do! The most rewarding feeling over these years has been seeing our patients walk out with more ease and confidence than they came in with!

I joined the CMO team in 2008. Even though most of my work is “behind the scenes,” I enjoy seeing patients and parents that I know on a daily basis. The doctors are GREAT to work for!

I've been an orthodontic assistant for almost two decades! I sincerely enjoy getting to know our patients over the course of their treatment. The best part is watching their teeth, and even their lives, change before my eyes. It's such a joy!

I’ve been a dental assistant for over 11 years and love the fun and friendly atmosphere here at CMO. Getting to know patients and their families on a personal level is great! I'm excited to keep building relationships!

Working in the dental field for the last 18 years has been both fun and rewarding. The best part of my job is seeing how improving a smile can transform a patient both inside and out!

I have 7 years of experience in the orthodontic field. As an assistant, I love working with patients and getting to know them personally throughout their orthodontic treatment. I truly love my job and the great staff that I get to work with every day!

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