About Us:

Our Mission:

To create beautiful, confident smiles in a spirit of service to our patients and our communities

We will Provide
The best quality orthodontic and temporal mandibular joint treatment in a loving and caring atmosphere

We will be Available
To serve and minister to people, to see them as real people, not just patients - people are body, soul and spirit - and to care about them.

We will Ensure
A safe, pleasant and caring environment

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Nate T. VanLaecken is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota in 2017. While there, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he completed his orthodontic residency program, earning his Master of Science Degree in 2019. He is board eligible for the College of Diplomats of the American Board of Orthodontics.
When he’s not working, Dr. Nate and his wife, Kelley, enjoy spending time with their children, and their dog, Duke. He enjoys golf, basketball, traveling, and spending time outdoors. He is looking forward to getting involved with the community through church, volunteer programs, and his children's activities.

Dr. Ryan K. VanLaecken received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 1994 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry for five years, receiving the Outstanding Young Dentist of South Dakota Award in 1997. In 1999, Dr. Ryan returned to school to obtain his Master of Science degree in dentistry and his certificate in orthodontics from West Virginia University College of Dentistry in 2002. Dr. Ryan has been providing quality orthodontic care for ten years. Dr. VanLaecken is a board certified orthodontist and holds the title of Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), is currently serving as a board member of the Midwest Society of Orthodontists, secretary/treasurer of the South Dakota Society of Orthodontists, a member of the American Dental Association, and is currently president of the Northern District of the South Dakota Dental Association. Dr. Ryan has done research focused on the Herbst appliance which has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In his spare time Dr. Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, as well as traveling, golfing and serving as a volunteer coach. Dr. Ryan and his wife are involved in many community and church activities as well as promoting the education of young people.

Dr. Robert S. VanLaecken is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska in 2008. He completed his three year Orthodontic Residency Program, earning his Master of Science Degree at West Virginia University in 2011. He is board eligible for the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. In his free time, Dr. Rob enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing. Dr. Rob, his wife, Kristin, and their daughters are involved in community and church activities.

Dr. Robert A. Arnold is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. He attended Evangel College in Springfield, MO and the University of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1964 and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1966. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society in 1966 and the International College of Dentists in 2004. He completed his 2-year residency in orthodontics to obtain his Master of Science in Dentistry degree in 1968. Dr. Robert began practicing orthodontics in 1968 at Ft. Leonardwood, MO. Since 1970, he has practiced in Watertown, SD. Dr. Robert is highly committed to his involvement in the community and church, serving in many areas over the years. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. He and his wife, Judy, enjoy spending time with their children and many grandchildren.

Meet Our Staff

Jen - Business Manager

Jen is always in search of a great picture...the perfect shot and the next great pin on Pinterest! She can usually be found with a camera in front of her face. She'd love a time turner if she could have a super power!

Her favorites include: reading, organizing, scrapbooking, blue, chocolate, December, baseball, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Go Huskers!), Train, Harry Potter World, Bon Jovi and standardized test-taking!

Jen's motto? "Whatever you are...be a good one!" and "Walk by Faith"

Lisa - Treatment Coordinator

Lisa's dynamic smile and personality welcomes each of our Aberdeen patients. She is known for being a go-getter...an enthusiastic and ambitious person...and making people laugh with her silly stories!

Her favorites include: baking, crafting, gardening, John 13:34-35, her four kids, lime green, hot wings, July, Pink (the singer) and Italy!

Lisa loves to put a smile on people's faces and make their orthodontic experience a good one!

JoDee Kluck - Financial Coordinator

JoDee holds the former title of Gettysburg Snow Queen and the current title on our team of "Best Use/Placement of Paper Clips"! She really takes care of business while maintaining a great sense of humor!

Her favorites include: Nebraska football, December, U2, anything from Guadaljaras, My Fair Lady, her three girls, blue and is great at spending money but isn't as well-known for her parking skills!

Her favorite part of working in an orthodontic office is her coworkers and seeing the AWESOME smiles!

Marcy - Scheduling Coordinator

When she's not listening to '80's music she can be found playing board games (even winning the title of "Most Ridiculous Answer"). She is known around our office as the team member most likely to sport a fanny pack!

Her favorites include: her wonderful children, reading, travel, going to movies, turquoise, Mexican food, Bon Jovi, summer, the movie Grease and her four kiddos!

She loves watching patients' smiles transform into the beautiful, confident smiles they have at the end!

Pam - Scheduling Coordinator

Pam loves walking her miniature schnauzer and being with her two daughters. If she were to be stranded on a desert island she'd bring her tennis shoes and that's perfect since she's always hopping! She is known on our team for her giant, delicious cookies and is always in search of great recipes!

Her favorites included a trip to Maui for her birthday, country music, seafood, the color black, November, ballet and golf.

Her best orthodontic advice is: "Keep track of your retainer and wear it faithfully!"

Noreen - Clinical Coordinator

Noreen claims bean-bagging is as sporty as she gets but has a special, hidden talent...she can play the accordion!

Her favorites include: spending time with family and friends, reading, decorating, Hawaii, Philippians 4:6-7, pasta, aqua, September, the movie, "The Help", and finding a great deal when shopping!

Noreen has spent her entire career in the orthodontic field (over 35 years!) and says "Changing a smile can change a life!".

Anne - Treatment Coordinator + Orthodontic Assistant

Anne loves Florida Georgia Line, the color pink, reading, her peekapoo, Lola, DIY projects and Mexican food!

Her super-cool hobbies include coaching sports (she loves volleyball, basketball and golf), playing the guitar and flying airplanes. So it is no surprise that if she could have a superhero power it would be to be able to fly on her own!

Anne's favorite quote is "Today is a good day to have a good day." :) What she loves most about her orthodontic profession is watching someone grow into their new smile.

Kacey - Orthodontic Assistant and Treatment Coordinator

Kacey believes in soaking up as much knowledge as possible. She is never afraid to take on something new and do it with GUSTO!

Her favorites include: Pinterest, purple, black, pizza, the Vikings (especially #69, Jared Allen), NASCAR (especially #24, Jeff Gordon), Proverbs 4:23, The Wizard of Oz, January and collecting elephants!

She loves seeing the transformation not just in her patient's bite, but also in their personality!

Dawn - Orthodontic Assistant and Lab Technician

Dawn is another of our lab experts - you name it, she can make it! In fact, her nickname from the team is Super Dawn! However, she IS always "in search of a product to make her hair less fuzzy"! One great accomplishment Dawn can boast about is winning her 6th grade contest for "Largest Bubble Blower"!!

Her favorites include: Source Field Investigations, her sons and grandsons, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jared Allen, Aerosmith, chocolate, September, the color black and reading.

Dawn's favorite thing about orthodontics is seeing not-so-perfect teeth turn into fabulous smiles!

Val - Lab Technician

Val is one of our resident lab experts. She specializes in setting up the IDB (indirect bonding) trays for our patients who are beginning their journey with braces. IDB allows our patients to have less time in the chair from the time they get their braces until the time they finish and allows most of our patients a shorter time in orthodontic treatment...so you probably love her without even knowing why!

She's best known for her amazing back-rubs, her equally amazing photographs and her even more amazing baked goods and we're lucky that she shares all of this with our team!!

Doreen - Orthodontic Assistant

Doreen would bring a Kindle with a never-ending battery to her desert island. She best describes herself as a little bit sassy and would love to visit New York City and Broadway!

Her favorites include: reading, calamari, orange, Harry and the Hendersons, Rascal Flatts and her Pumpkin Swirl bread!

Her favorite part of orthodontics is watching her patient's personalities change as their teeth get straighter.

Connie - Treatment Coordinator

Connie loves to spend time with family and friends and TALK! She enjoys walking, especially with her Westie, "Ty", and watching football. She would love to have a genie that could transport her at anytime she wishes to visit her adorable grandson in Alaska! Her favorite titles are "Mom" and "Grandma" but she also holds the former title of "Miss 16"!

Her favorites include: a three-week vacation to Europe, her awesome daughters and incredible grandson, chocolate, Mexican and Italian food, fresh Alaskan halibut & salmon, the month of July, Jon Bon Jovi , Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter!

She says the best part of orthodontics is "The results! That beautiful, new smile that makes your entire face glow!" She also loves the changes that smile brings to each patient's personality.

Nikki - Orthodontic Assistant

Nikki is our team leader in our Aberdeen office and is affectionately known as "Napoleon"...like Napoleon she is short in height, a little bit sassy and gets the job done! She dreams of back-packing through Europe someday!

Her favorites include: reading, traveling, hockey (she's a former MVP!), pizza, red, black and Nicky Minaj!

She loves helping to give our patients the confidence to show off their smile any time of the day!

Monica - Orthodontic Assistant

Monica describes herself as a chocolate-loving, family-loving, go-to-bed-early-get-up-late-loving, smile-loving, soccer/basketball/hockey mom! She is known on our team for showing kindness toward others and her love of dental hygiene.

Her favorites include: her three kids, purple, blue, Mexican food, May and October, shopping, Sweet Home Alabama, her Yorkie-Poo Aully and chocolate!

Her best orthodontic advice? "The sooner you start, the sooner you are done!"

Lacey Lambert - Orthodontic Assistant and Lab Technician

Lacey's known on the team for her crafty mind and loves to keep things organized! She would LOVE to be able to wiggle her nose and have all the laundry be done!

Her favorites include: her three children, July, red, beaches, the Acapulco Extravaganza at Senor Max's, sewing and scrapbooking!

Her favorite quote: "Today is a gift - that's why we call it the present." She loves watching the amazing changes that take place with orthodontics.

Chasidy - Orthodontic Assistant

Chas loves to read and exercise and is best known for her title of "Team Bowling Champion"! She loves her Boston Terrier, which she adopted when her previous owner had to go into a nursing home.

Her favorites include: Twilight, chicken, the color black, July, Pink (the singer), and Nascar (especially Jeff Gordan).

She loves how each patient's self esteem grows with having braces. Her best orthodontic advice is "Wear your rubber bands! It works and it's worth it in the end!"

Kayla - Orthodontic Assistant

Kayla describes herself as a half-way gardener, some-what crafty, kind-of baker! Her animals are her kids and she just loves Tucker (her dog), Krikit (her cat) and Cruz (her hamster).

Her favorites include: snowmobiling, reading, Pinterest, butterfingers, sweet potatoes, Ke$ha, purple, the movie "Life as We Know It", golf on a Sunday afternoon, and a good Thursday night softball game!

Her favorite part of orthodontics is the people she works with and her advice? ALWAYS brush well. ALWAYS wear your rubberbands. ALWAYS wear your retainer...and SMILE! :)

Brenda - Orthodontic Assistant

Brenda describes herself as chocolate obsessed, a smidgen competitive and always cold (but warm-hearted!)! She is famous for her smoking hot salsa recipe!

Favorites include: her chocolate lab (Chloe), hot pink and black, chicken alfredo, pizza, playing cards, helping on the farm and gardening.

Her passion for dental hygiene shows in her orthodontic advice: "We don't want to trade straight teeth for stained teeth. When you have braces on your teeth you cannot brush them too much!"

Erika - Orthodontic Assistant

Erika loves to spend time with her family and friends, play softball and go to the lake! She has a dog with a very unique name...Diogy (D-O-G)!! She always finds herself in search of fun, new clothes and loves purple, neon, the month of June and the movies Elf and Pitch Perfect.

Erika is silly, sarcastic and caring and we are happy to announce her as the newest member of our team!

Erika's favorite thing about orthodontics is helping people have a beautiful smile that they are confident in. She says, "I had a great experience at VanLaecken Orthodontics and I want to give other patients that same opportunity."

Megan - Orthodontic Assistant

Megan loves to spend time with her family and friends either riding horse or at the lake. She can't leave home without her phone but yet somehow is always searching for her phone!

She has two dogs and eight horses, loves the color pink and Nicholas Sparks books.

Megan's best orthodontic advice is: "Wear your retainers!" :)

Allison - Orthodontic Assistant

Allison loves spending time outdoors farming and riding 4-wheeler. Allie, as her friends call her, loves visiting Colorado, her white boxer, Hemi, the color Red, the Denver Broncos and Greys Anatomy!

She would love to meet Ellen DeGeneres and is always in search of more cattle and pasture. She is easy-going and happy!

Allison loves orthodontics because it helps people feel confident. Her best advice is "Wear your rubber bands!" and what makes her smile...her FAMILY.

Kaitlyn - Orthodontic Assistant

Kaitlyn's favorites are the color blue, the month of March, Suits on the DVR and Dustin Lynch!

She has one dog and never leaves home without her phone. If she had a superhero power she would want it to be the power of Super Strength!

Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 16:14: "Let all that you do be done in love." and she lives this with our practice every day!

Kaitlyn's favorite part of orthodontics is seeing the complete transformation of a patient's mouth from when they start with braces to when they have them taken off.

Teena - Orthodontic Assistant

Dog-mom, adventure-seeker, mermaid-life, ocean-lover, picture-taker, sunset-chaser, cold-weather-hater and animal-rescuer sum up Teena's life! She also loves tropical blue (which explains her dream vacation destination of Bora Bora), ice cream and the month of October. She has a pet husky named Cali and her favorite quote is "Great things never come from comfort zones."

Teena's favorite part of orthodontics is witnessing the joy people feel as their beautiful, confident smile is created. :)

Megan - Orthodontic Assistant

Megan enjoys going to the lake, shopping (new clothes! shoes!) and spending time with friends and family. She never leaves home without her phone and she would love to travel to Hawaii and Australia.

Favorites include: the color purple, the month of September and the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Her top sports team is the Oklahoma gymnastics team!

Megan's best advice to her orthodontic patients is: "Always wear your rubber bands!"

Melissa - Orthodontic Assistant

What makes Melissa smile? Going for bicycle rides, her family including children and stepchildren, Charlotte, Cody, Izaiah and Elijah, her cat, Nala and her pup, Jasper! She also loves the month of September and the color black.

On her DVR you'll find the Office, Park and Rec and Friends. Her favorite vacation was to Universal Studios - hands down best vacay yet!

If she had a superpower it would be speed...not that she wants to rush through life, but that it'd be nice to clean the house much faster. :)

Her favorite quote is..."People are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

Heather - Orthodontic Assistant

Heather's pick for a superpower would be to fly or be invisible! She has a 15 pound pomchi, Bo, and you can bet she's smiling when Bo or chocolate candy is involved! Heather is the 2014 Jr. Miss Groton and the 2017 Sr. Miss Groton Snow Queen. She loves the Serenity Prayer and Philippians 4:13, Ellen DeGeneres, the Minnesota Vikings, soccer, especially Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, and the color blue.

She loves her orthodontic profession because of the confidence orthodontics brings and the positive atmosphere. Her best advice to patients is that orthodontic care/treatment is only a short time in your life and the results are worth it...so take care of your mouth and your appliances and follow instructions and everything will turn out great!