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.



Kendra Bauermeister, Dental Hygienist

Kendra was born and raised in Spencer, IA and graduated in 2016. After high school she attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA where she ran track and cross country for two years. She then transferred to the University of South Dakota and graduated from the dental hygiene program in May of 2020.

She recently joined our office in October of 2020 and is so excited to begin her hygiene career. She loves being able to help others find comfort in their dental experience and offers personalized care for all patients. In her free time she loves spending time with family, friends and her yorkie, Ellie, who runs the house and keeps her on her toes. She also enjoys running, biking or soaking up the sun. 






Jaida Gortmaker, Dental Hygienist


Jaida was born in Luverne, MN but moved to Vermillion, SD shortly after her 4th birthday and has grown up here ever since. In 2017, Jaida graduated from VHS and attended USD where she then graduated in May of 2021 from the Dental Hygiene program.

Jaida and her husband, Drew, own a home in Vermillion wherethey raise their four legged fur baby, Graycie. In her free time she loves going for runs, enjoying country concerts with her husband, and spending the weekend at the lake with family. She is very excited to see all the smiling faces from the community that she has called home for so long. 



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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. In March of 2020 they welcomed their first daughter into the world.  

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 family, and finding their next big adventure.




Amanda Hesse, Dental Assistant

Amanda is originally from Sioux City, IA and graduated from Western Iowa Tech Dental Assisting Program in 2014. After graduation she moved to Vermillion, SD with her kids. 

She joined the practice in October 2014 and enjoys building relationships with our patients and assisting the doctors in a scope of procdures. She values the connections with her coworkers who are like a second family and that makes coming to work a pleasure for her. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her sons and step-daughter. She loves to watch her son participating in sports, being outdoors, repurposing, crafting, cooking and baking. 




Darian Tramp, Dental Assistant


Darian grew up in Yankton, SD. She moved to Vermillion and began college at USD in 2017. She then transferred to Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science degree, Associate of Arts degree, and is a Certified Dental Assistant through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).  

She joined the practice in May 2020. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, going on the river, spending time with her friends and family, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. She is a proud dog mom of a 2 year old toy Australian Shepard named Buxton as well!








Hailey Larson, Dental Assistant

Hailey is originally from Bryant, SD. She graduated from Hamlin High School in 2016. She recently graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute with her Associates of Applied Science degree in DentalAssisting. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences online through the University of South Dakota. 


She joined the practice in August 2020 and has loved getting to know everyone so far. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on road trips, and spoiling her nephew. 








Micah Miller, Dental Assistant


Micah grew up in Clear Lake, SD and graduated in 2015. She went to Lake Area Technical Institute for her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Assisting graduating in 2017. After, she received a minor in Health Science and went on to become a certified Dental Assistant through the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB). Now, she is furthering her career at the University of South Dakota for her Dental Hygiene Degree.   


She joined the practice in December 2019. When she is not hitting the books, she is spending time outdoors, playing with her nieces and training with the National Guards in Watertown, SD. 


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Lacey Knudsen,  Financial Coordinator/Receptionist

Lacey grew up near Martinsburg, Nebraska and graduated from Allen Consolidated Schools in 2003. She moved back to her childhood home in 2017, where she is raising her two children. She recently became engaged and is busy planning her wedding.  

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.





Alexandra Fischer, Receptionist


Alex was born in Yankton, SD and grew up in Viborg, SD. She graduated high school from Irene-Wakonda. In 2019, she recieved her degree for Business Administration from Southeast Technical Institute. In May of 2021 Alex and her boyfriend, Ethan, bought a house in Vermillion. Here they are raising thier son, Henry, who they welcomed into the world in June 2021. They also have a blue heeler named Ruth who is an even bigger baby then their son. 

Alex joined the practice in September 2021. In her free time she enjoys going on adventures with her family, playing softball, painting and sleeping when she can. She is excited to explore new opportunities that life has to offer.

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