Dr. Curtis Dunn
Dr. Dunn began his education at the University of Minnesota majoring in engineering. After a chance encounter with a dentist while working over the summer of his sophomore year, Dr. Dunn decided to pursue dentistry and switched his major that fall. Although his grandfather was a dentist in Japan he hadn’t thought about dentistry as a career before. After completing his undergraduate education, Dr. Dunn was accepted into the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Dunn graduated from Dental School near the top of his class and as a result decided to pursue the very selective specialty of orthodontics. He was accepted into the University of Minnesota orthodontic program and completed his residency in 1991.
For the past 25 years Dr. Dunn has been continuously honing his skills and studying the latest research in order to provide his patients with the very best care possible. This includes going through the very rigorous testing to become a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. His greatest joy in practicing orthodontics is knowing the positive impact that a confident healthy smile has on his patients lives. He feels honored to be able to serve others in this way.
Dr. Dunn lives in Afton with his wife Lisa and has four children, all at various stages of leaving the nest. In his spare time he enjoys all kinds of sports and outdoor activities but is most passionate about CrossFit.
Dr. Dunn is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also a member of the following professional organizations:
Clinical Assistant, LDA
In 2016, Megan decided to go back to school for dental assisting and started with Dr. Dunn shortly after graduation. She knew she wanted to work in orthodontics because she was excited to be part of a patients journey to loving their smile. Megan is married to her high school sweetheart Trevor and they have two boys, Logan and Charlie; although their first baby is their dog Samson. Megan and her family enjoy camping and watching funny movies on Netflix.
When Shari joined our practice in Spring of 2018, she was new to the field of orthodontic's. So far Shari's favorite thing about working in Orthodontic's is the relationships she's building with our patients and their families. Shari lives in Hastings with her husband Farrel, their two beautiful daughters Brooklyn and Berlyn, their Morkie named Remington, and two bearded dragons that her daughter's had to have! Both her girls are competitive swimmers so Shari spends a lot of her time poolside cheering them on! She also is very involved at her church and finds great purpose in serving others.
Renee starting working in orthodontics in 1992 and joined Dr. Dunn's team in 2016. There is not a role in the office Renee does not know how to perform. Her positive energy and warm demeanor are a comfort to her patients. She loves everything about working in orthodontics but particularly helping a patient get started on their journey to a healthier and happier smile! Renee lives in Cottage Grove with her husband Ted and her two daughters Abbie and Amanda while they attend college. Keep an eye out for her at the local dog parks with her girls Riley, Wilma, and Jozie!
Clinical Assistant, LDA
Erin has worked in orthodontics for over 7 years joining Dr. Dunn's team in March of 2017. Her bubbly personality was just the addition we needed! After her own experience in braces, she always knew this was what she wanted to do. She can still remember the sound of the hemostat while getting her colors changed! Erin is extremely active in her spare time; she loves fitness and especially kickboxing. Erin grew up in Cottage Grove but now lives in South St. Paul with her dog Joey and her cat Nova.
Office Administrator/Financial Coordinator
Steph has been in dentistry and orthodontics in various roles for the past 20 years. She enjoys orthodontics especially for the positive changes she sees in patients as their smiles are transformed. Steph lives in Cottage Grove with her husband Jeff and their two boys Ben and Alex. She likes to spend time with her family playing board games but when she's has time to herself she enjoys a good book with a glass of wine.
Mary Lou Kugler
Orthodontic Assistant/Lab technician
"Orthodontics chose me!" says Mary Lou. Upon graduating from dental assisting school in 1977 she was offered a position as an orthodontic assistant. She loves to see the increased confidence that comes from a great smile. She lives with her husband Joe and their daughter Kate is in college at the University of Washington. She enjoys creating pottery and calls it her "mud therapy".
Clinic coordinator/Supply Coordinator, LDA
Sarah has been with Dunn Ortho since 2011. She originally chose to work in the field because she likes to be a part of creating beautiful smiles. She also enjoys the relationships that are developed not only with the patients but the entire family. She lives in Woodbury with her husband Peter, their two girls Evelyn and Amelia, and their dog Winston. Sarah's time outside the office is spent driving her girls to and from the dance studio and she wouldn't change a thing about it!
Andrea started working in orthodontics straight out of graduation over 10 years ago. She enjoys the positive energy in an orthodontic office and believes there is never a bad day as she sees the journey patients take towards their winning smile! She lives in Cottage Grove with her husband Dan, their daughter Teagan, and their son Landon. Their dog Jersey rounds out their family. Andrea enjoys painting and just spending time with family and friends.