View On-Demand Video: Virtual Orthodontics Panel
This panel discussion will convene orthodontists from around the metro area to speak on various topics that all dentists can benefit from.
The following topics will be covered:
- Early screening/intervention in children and how it relates to pediatric airway management
- Describing the necessity of orthodontic care
- The biomechanical advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign versus traditional braces
John Aamodt, DDS, will moderate the panel. Panelists include orthodontists Steve Henseler, DDS; Heather Horton, DDS; and Scott Kottemann, DDS. We will include time for audience-submitted questions/answers.
2.0 Elective CEs
Free for members
Meet the Panelists:
Dr. Steve Henseler became fascinated with orthodontics while undergoing treatment himself as a teenager. He was immediately drawn to the challenge of creating beautiful smiles and the fun atmosphere present in the orthodontic office. As a high school senior, he committed himself to the long journey of becoming an orthodontist, and, boy, is he happy that he did!
Steve began the educational part of the journey at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1989. The next step was completing his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with High Distinction and, finally, earning his orthodontic certificate and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota orthodontic residency program. He was excited to end part of the journey and immediately set up practice in Woodbury in 1995.
But alas, the journey never ends. Dr. Henseler has continued his education by immersing himself in all sorts of professional activities. He attends national and local seminars to sharpen his orthodontic skills. He has been certified by the American Board of Orthodontics–a distinction which less than 30% of orthodontists can claim. Steve also is very active in local study clubs, such as the L.D. Pankey Study Club and the Spear Study Club. He currently sits on two boards that advise the American Association of Orthodontists, was a former President of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists and taught orthodontic residents at the University of Minnesota. This dedication of time ensures that Dr. Henseler is always up to date on the ever-changing world of orthodontic technology and the best orthodontic care.
Dr. Heather Horton is passionate about orthodontics, having known she wanted to be an orthodontist from a very young age. A native of Chippewa Falls, WI, she graduated from Chippewa Falls High School as valedictorian and student council president. She completed both her undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees at the University of Minnesota. She was involved in many organizations during her time at the “U” including serving as the chair of the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), and she was an athlete on the cross-country and track and field teams (Go Gophers!). She received the university’s prestigious President’s Student Leadership and Service Award, along with the Mary McEvoy Award for public engagement and leadership.
Giving back to her profession through research and leadership has always been important to Dr. Horton. She has been published in the Angle Orthodontist, a highly respected peer-reviewed orthodontic journal. While in her orthodontic specialty residency at Case Western Reserve University, her master’s thesis won first place at the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists research competition. She is currently the president-elect of the St. Paul District Dental Society and the secretary/treasurer of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Horton is deeply committed to achieving treatment excellence for all her patients and has shown that commitment by becoming a Board Certified Orthodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. H loves serving Woodbury and the greater East metro community. She and her husband Frank feel it’s the perfect place to raise their two young children, Fitzgerald and Vienne.
Dr. Scott Kottemann has always been drawn to orthodontics. Before he was even old enough to drive a car, he loved to spend time in the lab making retainers and other orthodontic appliances for the family practice. From there, he moved on to editing and creating 3D models of teeth for a tech start-up. Realizing that the future of orthodontics was headed in a digital direction, Dr. Scott attended the University of Notre Dame where he studied Biology and graduated Summa Cum Laude before heading to the University of Michigan.
During his time there, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, was chosen to receive a grant to research cell signaling, was elected a council member, and graduated second in his class. In addition to his work at Kottemann Orthodontics, Dr. Scott is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, teaching the orthodontic residents their clinical skills and lecturing on various orthodontic topics. As a resident, the part-time faculty were crucial to his education, and he enjoys being able to give back to the U of M in this way.
Dr. Scott’s family and practice are hugely important to him, and he works tirelessly to keep the reputation and legacy Kottemann Orthodontics has built over the years.
Meet the Moderator:
Dr. John Aamodt has been practicing orthodontics since completing his postdoctoral orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota in 2001. He is a Saint Paul native and a graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School. He attended college at the University of St. Thomas and completed dental school at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Aamodt has been involved in organized dentistry over the years and is past president of both the Saint Paul District Dental Society and the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists. He is proud to contribute his time and expertise as a member of the St. Paul Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Team. Dr. Aamodt is interested in all aspects of orthodontics and committed to providing quality care.