About Our Doctors

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our doctors:

Our Doctors

Dr. Ryan • Dr. Robert • Dr. Rob

Dr. Ryan K. VanLaecken


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 is passionate about providing quality orthodontic care.

Dr. VanLaecken is a board certified orthodontist and holds the title of Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). This is a status that only 25 percent of all practicing orthodontists obtain in their careers. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), is currently serving as a board member of the Midwest Society of Orthodontists (MSO), 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 also conducted research focusing on the Herbst appliance which has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He has been recognized and invited to join select groups compromised of elite orthodontists from across the nation who are working together to study the latest advancements in the orthodontic field.  These accomplishments and opportunities ensure the most technologically advanced treatment planning and design for his patients. Click here to view Dr. Ryan's research.

In his spare time, Dr. Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children, as well as traveling, golfing and pheasant hunting with his black lab, Bishop. Dr. Ryan and his wife are involved in many community and church activities as well as promoting the education of young people.

Dr. Robert A. Arnold



Dr. Robert A. Arnold is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. He attended Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri 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 two-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, Missouri. Since 1970, he has practiced in Watertown, South Dakota. 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.


Dr. Rob S. VanLaecken


Dr. Rob 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, curling, hunting and fishing. Dr. Rob, his wife, Kristin, and their children are involved in community and church activities. Dr. Rob also enjoys volunteering with PACH (People Against Child Hunger) and teaching CCD.