February 2019 Magazine People

Faces of Business: Knoernschild Orthodontics


Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild, Owner

Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild says she decided to become a dentist and orthodontist as a tenth grader at Fayetteville High School. As an upperclassman, she took two years of vocational classes to learn how to be a dental assistant and landed a job with a local dentist, whom she worked for through high school and college.

“I loved dentistry and helping people of all ages with a beautiful and healthy smile,” Knoernschild says. “Once I was accepted into dental school, I became fascinated with the art of orthodontics. I graduated second in my dental school class and was accepted to Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry Orthodontic program. I was in Boston for four years before returning back home to Arkansas. I have been in love with my career ever since.”

Dr. K, as she is affectionately called, started practicing in Arkansas as an associate in Hot Springs in 1992. She launched her own practice two years later and relocated it to Russellville in 2000. Her orthodontics practice specializes and treats patients of all ages with dental and facial irregularities. She incorporates fixed or removable braces to correct problems that involve the movement of teeth or growth of the jaws.

“I was one of the first female orthodontist to have her own practice in Arkansas and was voted ‘Best New Dentist’ among my dental professional peers shortly afterward,” she says.

Knoernschild has the only board-certified orthodontic practice in the River Valley and is one of only a few orthodontic practices to have a Master Certification in the Invisalign system. The practice employs 10 registered dental assistants and office staff members.

“We take tremendous pride in the care of all of our patients and have an outstanding reputation for having a very well organized and efficiently run practice,” Knoernschild says. “We are proud to have more positive Google and Facebook reviews of any independently-owned orthodontic practice in Arkansas. I have no other satellite offices, in other words, my patients have access to my office at least four days a week for appointments and consultations about braces and the Zoom whitening.”

“I love the art and skillful design of making beautiful smiles on people young and old,” she says. “It’s never too late to have the smile you’ve always wanted.”

Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild • Knoernschild Orthodontics • 479-968-2138 • noyuckbraces.com

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