Meet Dr. Kirstin Carlson

I love orthodontics. I find it exciting to be involved in the orthodontic process that can make a significant and positive change in a patient’s life. For me, it is a privilege to be able to enhance my patients’ quality of life and self-confidence through the creation of a healthy and radiant smile. I feel blessed with the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people and form lasting relationships with them throughout their orthodontic journey. It is fulfilling to see a patient’s new beautiful smile that they get to share with the world. I truly appreciate the opportunity to make a positive difference in my patients' lives.


I attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and earned my bachelor's degree with a major in Biology and a concentration in Biomedical Studies. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota, graduating second in my dental class. I was further distinguished by acceptance into the prestigious Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. I completed my studies at Marquette University and received my specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science degree.

Continuing Education

I participate in continuing education at the local, regional, and national levels. I believe it is essential to keep up-to-date on the latest treatment advancements, technology, and research in orthodontics to ensure the highest quality and efficient treatment options for my patients.

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Northeastern District Dental Society
  • Lake Superior Study Club
  • Great Lakes Study Club

My Team

We have a highly talented orthodontic team that truly cares about every patient. Their caring and compassionate nature ensures that people feel comfortable, valued, and welcome throughout each appointment. We believe in adhering to our values, ethics, integrity, and commitment to provide our patients with the excellent treatment results that they deserve.

Life Outside the Office

I was born and raised in Two Harbors, MN, and I am excited to be home in northern Minnesota. My husband, Luke, and I met during our undergraduate years at St. Olaf College. We are looking forward to raising a family together in Duluth. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being in the great outdoors. I love hiking on the North Shore, fishing, kayaking, golfing, skiing, snowshoeing, and traveling. I also enjoy searching for agates on the shores of Lake Superior.