Dr. Eric Knudsen DDS
Dr. Eric Knudsen was born and raised in Escanaba, his father (William F. Knudsen, DDS) started this dental practice in 1968, and his mother (Sandra) is a retired Escanaba kindergarten teacher. Dr. Eric graduated from Escanaba Area Public High School in 1987, and then graduated from the University of Michigan, in 1991, with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree (concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology). In 1995, he then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the Univ. of Mich. School of Dentistry, and at graduation was awarded the Louis Schultz Award for Operative Dentistry, the Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award, and membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary dental fraternity. While in dental school, he was active in the Jonathan Taft Dental Society and Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity (serving as president his senior year).
After dental school, Dr. Eric did a General Practice Residency in Dentistry (G.P.R.) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI from July 1995 through June 1996. While at the VA, he got advanced training in operative rehabilitation, oral surgery, implant dentistry, IV conscious sedation/anesthesia, oral medicine, and hospital dentistry.
In July 1996, he and his wife (Dr. Elizabeth Knudsen) joined his father's practice in Escanaba, and together they formed Knudsen Dentistry, PLC. Dr. William Knudsen retired in December 2006, after over 38 years in private practice.
Dr. Knudsen’s current professional memberships include: American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Cloverland District Dental Society (current president), Academy of General Dentistry, American Orthodontic Society, Delta County Dental Society, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental fraternity. He is a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, which is an international honorary dental service organization.
His community activities include serving on the Escanaba Area Public Schools Board of Education from July 2001 through June 2009 holding positions of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and trustee. He is a current member of the Escanaba Country Club (previously serving on the ECC board), and Escanaba Elks Lodge #354. Current hobbies include golf, hunting, fishing, U of M athletics (Go Blue!)--holding season football tickets since 1987, spending time with our family at our cottage on Sixteen Mile lake, and learning about new technologies and research in dentistry. Eric and Beth have two children, Matt (student at the University of Michigan) and Abby (student at Escanaba High School), as well as Katie, their yellow Labrador retriever.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Knudsen
Dr. Elizabeth Knudsen was born and raised in the Flint area. She graduated from Carman-Ainsworth High School and continued her education at the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelors of science in biology. Dr. Knudsen received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996 from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Beth was awarded with membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society and received the American Society of Dentistry for Children Merit Award. She has many professional memberships including The American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society. Beth came to the Upper Peninsula in 1996 to join her husband, Eric and his father, William in dental practice. At that time, she also worked at Northern Menominee Health Clinic for two years. She enjoys family practice and all aspects of dentistry, especially seeing young patients.
On a personal note, Beth has two children, Matt and Abby, and a yellow labrador retriever named Katie. She is a member of the local chapter of PEO, a philanthropic organization devoted to education for women, where she has served President, VP, Secretary, and Chaplain. Beth is an American Heart Association certified CPR instructor. Her hobbies include travel, outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with her family.
Tina was born and raised in the Midwest. In 1995, she graduated from Kellogg Community College with a degree in Applied Science. She and her husband moved to the Upper Peninsula in 2001, and she has been with Knudsen Dentistry since that time. They both are avid hunters and fisherman, enjoying the outdoors.
Angie was born in lower Michigan, and moved to Gladstone in 1977. She attended Ferris State University and graduated from the Dental Hygiene School in 1990. She has been with Knudsen Dentistry since 1999. She and her husband, Darin, have two children. Jared attends Central Michigan University and Taylor is a student at Gladstone High School.
Donna, Office Manager
Donna started with Dr. William Knudsen in 1987. She is a graduate of Gladstone Area High School and Bryman School for Dental Assisting in Houston, Texas. She has extensive dental experience both chairside and with the front office. Dr. Eric and Dr. Beth are always keeping the office up to date with the newest technology and provide continuing education to all of the staff, which Donna feels makes the practice a great place to work. She will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your treatment, as well as finding ways to use your insurance to the fullest and assist you with various financial resources to help you complete your treatment. Donna truly enjoys the dental field, and her goal is to work with the doctors and staff to help patients achieve healthy, amazing smiles. Donna lives in Gladstone with her husband, Bruce. They have three children and a new grandbaby.
Holly currently resides in Gladstone with her husband, David, and their two children, Hannah and Tyler. She attended Northern Michigan University and received her Dental Assisting Certificate through Bay de Noc Community College. Holly currently works in the office as both a dental assistant and receptionist. She enjoys taking continuing education courses and has competed training for designing and producing same day crowns in the office. She has been employed with Knudsen Dentistry since 2005.
Pam was raised in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and moved to Gladstone in 1997. She attended NWTC in Green Bay, where she earned her Dental Assisting Certificate. She has been with Knudsen Dentistry since 2012. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.
Julie is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where she graduated from high school. She earned her Dental Assisting Certificate from Lansing Community College. She then returned to the Upper Peninsula to start her dental career, which is where she met her husband, Mark. She then moved to Cheboygan, Michigan for her husband’s employment with the State of Michigan. While living in Cheboygan, she and her husband had three daughters, Taylor, Brooke, and Paige. In 2011, she moved to the Bark River area where she continued her dental assisting career with Dr. Nyquist until his retirement. Julie has been with Knudsen Dentistry since May 2015.
Chloe attended Kaplan College in Vista, California, where she studied dental assisting. She graduated in 2015 and continued as a chair side assistant. Chloe recently relocated back to Michigan from California and continued working with the Knudsens in August 2016. She also volunteers at the Care Free Dental Clinic in Escanaba whenever she can. Chloe loves to learn modern dentistry and expanding her dental experiences.
Chloe resides in Gladstone with her daughter Gracelynn.
Amanda grew up in Gladstone and after completing high school went to Central Michigan University. She now resides in Escanaba with her son Rylan. Amanda enjoys running and spending time with family. She joined our staff in May of 2017 as our scheduling coordinator! As scheduling coordinator it is her responsibility to greet patients as they enter and leave the office, schedule appointments and keep the days running smoothly. She enjoys meeting new people and creating new relationships. Please stop at the front desk and say hello!
We are a team of well-trained professionals dedicated to delivering the highest-quality of dental care in a warm and friendly environment. By establishing trusting and respectful relationships, we enthusiastically educate our patients for a lifetime of dental health.
In addition to our routine dental services, which include dental restorations and professional dental cleanings, we also provide the following services:
- Family Dentistry -- Children & Adults
- Periodic Cleanings & Exams
- Emergency Care
- Invisalign/Clear Correct
- Root Canal Therapy
- Anxiety-Free Dentistry
- Dental Bridges
- Braces and Orthodontics
- Oral Hygiene
- Dental Crowns - Same Day
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Filling Options
- Periodontal Disease & Treatment
- Tooth Extractions
- TMJ/TMD Treatment
- Dental Implants
- Digital Impressions (no goo!)
- CAD/CAM dentistry
- Tooth Whitening
- Digital X-Rays
- Digital Cavity Detection - DIAGNOdent