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Dr. Steve Henseler

Henseler-family.jpgDr. Steve Henseler became fascinated with orthodontics while undergoing treatment himself as a teenager. He was immediately drawn to the challenge of creating beautiful smiles and the fun atmosphere present in the orthodontic office. As a high school senior, he committed himself to the long journey of becoming an orthodontist and, boy, is he happy that he did!

Steve began the educational part of the journey at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1989. The next step was competing his D.D.S. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with High Distinction and, finally, earning his orthodontic certificate and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota orthodontic residency program. He was excited to end part of the journey and immediately set up practice in Woodbury in 1995.

But alas, the journey never ends. Dr. Henseler has continued his education by immersing himself in all sorts of professional activities. He attends national and local seminars to sharpen his orthodontic skills. He has been certified by the American Board of Orthodontics – a distinction which less than 30% of orthodontists can claim. Steve also is very active in local study clubs, such as the L.D. Pankey Study Club and the Spear Study Club. He currently sits on two boards that advise the American Association of Orthodontists, was a former President of the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists and taught orthodontic residents at the University of Minnesota. This dedication of time ensures that Dr. Henseler is always up to date on the ever-changing world of orthodontic technology and the best orthodontic care.

He currently is a member of many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including the:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • St. Paul District Dental Society

Steve is active in his community as an annual sponsor of the Woodbury Safety Camp, supports numerous local schools and various youth organizations. He volunteers to coach both Soccer and Track & Field at St. Ambrose Catholic School. He and his wife, Dr. Julie Henseler, currently reside in Woodbury with their sons, Ethan and Nicholas. Steve’s leisure time activities include biking the St. Croix Valley and playing golf when time allows. The Henselers are avid Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fans.

Dr. Henseler has recently been chosen for the sixth consecutive year as MPLS/St. Paul Magazine’s Top Orthodontist. He continuously strives to provide the highest standard of orthodontic care possible while doing it in a fun and relaxed environment.

Dr. Paul Kocian

Kocian-family.jpgHaving gone through orthodontic treatment twice himself, Dr. Paul Kocian understands the value of a healthy smile. The positive impact of orthodontic treatment and its perfect blend of both art and science is what drew him to the profession. He has practiced orthodontics exclusively for eight years and enjoyed every minute.

After serving nine years in the U.S. Navy, Paul, along with his wife Marjorie and two young children, moved back to the Twin Cities to join the Henseler Orthodontics team in 2015. As natives of Minnesota, they are excited to make the Midwest home once again.

Paul has an exemplary résumé, which includes over 12 total years of higher education. In 2002, Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology. His D.D.S. degree was earned from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2006. Following dental school, Paul sought to broaden his knowledge by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Portsmouth, Virginia. He then practiced general dentistry for two years, including an eight-month deployment to Iraq, where he served as the dental detachment commander before heading back to school once again. Dr. Kocian earned both his Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics as well as a master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Pennsylvania. While in his orthodontic program, Paul received multiple honors, including the David C. Hamilton Orthodontic Research Award. He also achieved his board certification, and was granted Diplomate status with the American Board of Orthodontics. In addition to his clinical practice, he has taught orthodontic techniques and planning to the dental residents at the Portsmouth Medical Center and served as a member of the hospital’s Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Board.

His commitment to continued education never stops, as he attends numerous local and national meetings each year. He has completed multiple advanced courses with The Dawson Academy, The Andrews Foundation, The Roth Williams Society, Invisalign and is active in The Spear Study Club.

He is currently a member of many top dental and orthodontic organizations, such as the:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Midwest Society of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Dental Association

Outside the office, Dr. Kocian enjoys many outdoor activities with his family, including snowboarding, fishing and hiking. He also enjoys travel, photography, cooking on his Kamado grill and has a slight obsession with home-roasted coffee.