Dental Staff

Dentist in Vermillion, SD

All our professionals at Knutson Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Richard Knutson, DDS

Richard Knutson, DDS

Vermillion, SD Dentist

Knutson Family Dentistry

Dr. Richard Knutson (Dr. Richard) graduated from USD while serving in the National Guard. He then attended UNL College of Dentistry and upon completion of his DDS in 1977 he opened this practice in Vermillion and has been serving the community ever since. When he cannot be found at the practice, Dr. Richard enjoys hunting and fishing and is on the Archery League.

He and his wife, Virginia raised a family of 5 children here in Vermillion, the oldest of which is his partner in the practice.  The couple are blessed with 7 grandchildren and recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary.


Matthew R Knutson, DDS

Matthew R Knutson, DDS

Vermillion, SD Dentist

Knutson Family Dentistry

Dr. Matthew Knutson (Dr. Matt) is a Vermillion native. He attended elementary, middle and high school in Vermillion. Dr. Matt earned his Eagle Scout award in the Vermillion troop 66 and played football as a Tanager. After high school, Dr. Matt was awarded the Presidential Alumni scholarship to attend the University of South Dakota and in '99,  graduated with honors as a University Scholar. Dr. Matt then went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (UNM Dentistry) and upon graduation in 2003, joined his father's dental practice. Dr. Matt enjoys all aspects of dentistry and looks forward to the challenges each new day presents. With his training, Dr. Matt brings implant and invisalign excellence to the office.

When not at work, Dr. Matt can be found with his wife Jenny and three boys; Wyatt, Max and Emmett. They enjoy being outdoors hunting, fishing, and spending time on the Missouri River.


Dr. Troy Larsen

Dr. Troy Larsen is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry. He was raised on a farm west of Viborg South Dakota, and has been a patient of Knutson Family Dentistry his whole life. In his spare time he enjoys being with his wife Kayla, cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers, as well as playing guitar. He looks forward to, and prides himself on, using the most up to date and advanced techniques in dentistry to provide comprehensive oral healthcare.


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 USD Dental Hygiene progam 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 swimming, camping and running the family's BBQ business with her husband Todd and 3 daughters.


Crystal Moeller, Dental Hygienist

Crystal grew up near Akron, IA but made Vermillion her home upon graduating from the USD Dental Hygiene program in 2002. Crystal has been with the practice since 2006 and she strives to make her patients feel comfortable in the chair to provide an overall positive experience. When not caring for her patients, she enjoys baking, visiting family/friends and spending time with her husband Derek and 3 children.


Kaitlyn (Kate) Bruening, Dental Hygienist

Kaitlyn grew up in Milwaukee, WI and just recently made Elk Point, SD her new home. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Iowa Western in affiliation with Creighton School of Dentistry in December 2015. She 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 golden retriever Oakley. They enjoy camping, boating, and hanging out with family and friends.



Page Jensen, Dental Hygienist

Page graduated from the USD Dental Hygiene program in 2017. She will also have completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies by May 2018. Page loves the friendly and knowledgeable atmosphere at Knutson Family Dentistry, and is looking forward to getting to know their patients and educating them on their oral health needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as fishing and catching up on reading.


Amanda Hesse, Dental Assistant 

Amanda is orginally from Sioux City, IA and graduated from the Dental Assisting program at WITCC in May 2014. She joined the practice in October 2014 and looks forward to getting to know all of our patients! When she isn't busy assisting the doctors, she enjoys baking, crafting and spending time with her son and husband David.

Sarah Miller Receptionist/ Marketing representative

Sarah grew up in LeMars, IA she moved to Vermillion her sophomore year of high school and then she graduated in 2010. She joined the practice in August 2014, and since then has been marketing for the business. She also enjoys helping patients understand their insurance benefits as well as making every patient feel welcome! When she is not working, she enjoys spending time cooking, baking, hiking, hunting, swimming, reading and fishing with her husband Cody, and three kids Harmony, Alaina and Bowen (Bo).

Jordan Hoffman, Dental Assistant

Jordan grew up in Akron, IA where she graduated high school and met her husband Nick, and is now raising her son, Keagan. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Western Iowa Tech in May 2016. The thing that Jordan loves most about the practice is that ‘it feels like home’. When she isn’t at the office catching up with or getting to know patients, she enjoys spending time with family, watching Disney movies and taking care of her 2 dogs, Jersey and Judge.


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Office Hours
Monday:8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday:8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday:8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday:8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday:8:30 AM - 5:30 PM