Meet the Team



Tracey Halverson, dental hygienist

Tracey Halverson, Dental Hygienist

Tracey has worked for Knutson Family Dentistry since 1997 and has been a patient of the clinic since she was 7. She graduated from the University of South Dakota dental hygiene program in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, as well as a minor in biology.

What she likes most about her job is getting to know the patients at their appointments and helping them meet their dental needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Todd and three daughters, camping and attending many softball games and dance performances.



Kate Bruening, Dental Hygienist

Kate grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Elk Point, South Dakota a few years ago. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Iowa Western in affiliation with Creighton School of Dentistry in December 2015. Kate also enjoys getting to know her patients and educating them on their oral health needs. She has a passion for patients of all ages and wants to provide individualized care.

When she isn’t taking care of her patients, she loves to spend time with her husband Rich and their daughter Madelyn or "Maddie", and their golden retriever Oakley. During their spare time, they enjoy camping, boating, and hanging out with family and friends.



Christen Smith, Dental Hygienist

Christen is originally from Montana. She moved to Vermillion and began college in June 2009. Christen graduated dental hygiene school in 2013 and has been a hygienist since.

She and her husband Michael have three beautiful children. Nevaeh, Caleb and Elysa. Those kiddos keep her busy with dance, gymnastics and wrestling. When she does get spare time, she enjoys camping, cooking, a good bike ride and doing crafts. Christen is excited to be here, she is ready to develop life-long relationships with our patients! She loves that she gets to be a part of a great team that provides exceptional dental care.



Ashley Hofer, Dental Assistant

Ashley spent the younger half of her childhood in Austin, Texas and then moved to Yankton, South Dakota when she was 11. She graduated from Gayville-Volin School in 2012. In 2015, Ashley and her husband, Andrew, got married and bought their first home together. She joined the practice in April 2018 and loves the chance to get to know everyone.

In her free time, she enjoys watching her favorite football team, traveling with her husband and finding their next big adventure.








Lacey Knudsen,  Financial Coordinator/Receptionist

Lacey grew up near Martinsburg, Nebraska and graduated from Allen Consolidated Schools in 2003. She has recently moved back to her childhood home, where she is raising her two children. Lacey joined the practice in February 2018.

She loves working with all the different people, almost as much as she loves working with numbers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, crafting, going fishing, and just enjoying the simple country life.



Callie Port, Receptionist

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Tarryn Dececchi, Receptionist

Tarryn grew up around Rock Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Central Lyon Community High School in 2005. She recieved her Associate of Business Degree from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines in 2005. Tarryn married her husband Alex in 2014. Along with their 3 children, they moved around the United States and Canada for Alex's job, until recently settling in Vermillion. Tarryn joined the practice in September of 2019.

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids, reading, and watching movies. 








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