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. 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.








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.




Callie Port, Receptionist

Callie grew up in Dakota City, Nebraska. She graduated from South Sioux City School in 2003. She married her husband in 2005 and shortly after he joined the Air Force. This gave them the opportunity to explore different parts of the world. They settled outside Vermillion in 2015 with their two children.

Callie joined the practice in June of 2019. She loves getting to know the patients and help in any way she can. In her spare time she enjoys baking, crafts, taking care of thier animals, and spending time with her family.











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