Meet our Doctors and Team

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Our Doctors/Faculty

Brent LarsonBrent Larson, DDS, MS, Division Director
Dr. Larson received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981, completed a GPR in the Air Force in 1982 and practiced general dentistry until 1985. He received his Certificate and Master's degree in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina in 1987. He spent three years as an orthodontist in the U.S. Air Force before joining the staff and faculty at the Mayo Clinic in 1990. At Mayo he served as Program Director in Orthodontics and received several "Teacher of the Year" awards. In 1996 Dr. Larson left Mayo for full-time private practice in Rochester, Minnesota, where he continues to practice one day a week. In 2004, he returned to full-time academics as Associate Professor and Director of Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota. He has written many scientific articles, contributed book chapters, and given many lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He recently received the Distinguished Dental Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Larson is a Past-President of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists, the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAD).

Thorsten GruenheidThorsten Grünheid, DDS, Dr med dent, PhD
Associate Professor
Dr. Grünheid received his dental degree, doctorate, PhD and specialist training in orthodontics from the University of Mainz, Amsterdam and Minnesota. He is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and has gained clinical experience in both academia and private practice. Dr. Gruenheid has written many scientific articles, contributed book chapters, and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in orthodontics and oral biology. He is committed to excellence and is proud to contribute to education and scientifiic advancement in the field of orthodontics.


John BeyerJohn P. Beyer, DDS, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Beyer earned his Dental Degree, Certificate in Orthodontics and PhD from the University of Minnesota. After completing his graduate training Dr. Beyer was a fulltime faculty member for twelve years within the Division of Orthodontics. He spent time teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level and was briefly appointed co-director of the graduate program in orthodontics. Dr. Beyer then went into private practice for five years, while still maintaining involvement in the graduate orthodontic training program through a part-time adjunct position. In 2014, he returned to fulltime academics at the University of Minnesota’s Division of Orthodontics and is currently the director of the Graduate orthodontic training program.

Amy TascaAmy Tasca, DDS, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Tasca, originally from Winona, Minnesota, completed a six-year BA/DDS program at the University of Missouri Kansas City. After graduation, she practiced general dentistry in Breckenridge, Colorado and completed a teaching fellowship in Oral Surgery at UMKC. In 2012, Dr. Tasca returned to Minnesota to begin work on her PhD in conjunction with her Certificate in Orthodontics. At the completion of her residency program in 2018, she joined the University of Minnesota’s Division of Orthodontics as a full-time faculty member.


John Kharouf, DDS, MSJohn Kharouf, DDS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Kharouf received his dental degree from Marquette University in 1985 and completed a GPR in the US Air Force in 1986. He practiced general dentistry at USAF Hahn AB, West Germany until 1990. In 1992, he received his Certificate and Master’s degree in Orthodontics from the University of Iowa and began practicing orthodontics in Tokyo at Yokota AB. Dr. Kharouf left the USAF for private practice in Rapid City, SD in 1995. During this time, he served in multiple positions in the SD Society of Orthodontics and as Director for SD to the American Association of Orthodontists. In addition, he formed and served as director of the nonprofit St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic in 2012.


Our Residents

Class of 2022

Dr. Tracy Liang
Dr. Zachary Slama
Dr. Zoe Larson
Dr. Dane Lenaker
Dr. Sarah Tariq
Dr. Timothy Bitner

Class of 2023

Dr. Elizabeth Burgstahler
Dr. Alyssa Domico
Dr. Molly Erdman
Dr. Samantha Nelson
Dr. Jacob Schroeder
Dr. Amelia Volkert

Our Team

We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members! As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs as a patient.

Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and multiple certifications, and each one of our team members has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Clinic Coordinator
Diane Anderson

Financial Coordinator
Bridget Bilbro

Clinic Supervisor
Jodi Kelly

Front Desk
Stephanie Rappe
Benedicta Lims
Mike Favretto

Dental Assistants
Donna Loyas
Kassie Howard
Dave Bodick
Thea Harrod
Claudia Velasco