Meet Our Team
Dr. Kristin Knierim was raised in Knoxville and is excited to be treating her hometown family and friends. Her late father, Dr. Rupert Knierim, was also an orthodontist and practiced in Fountain City for over 30 years. She graduated in 1990 from Knoxville Catholic High School. After graduation, she attended Emory University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and then continued on to attend the University of Tennessee and received her Doctor of Dental Science degree.
After working as a general dentist for two years, Dr. Knierim attended a residency program at Indiana University. In 2005, she earned her master’s degree in orthodontics from Indiana University.
She maintains active memberships with the Second District Society, the Tennessee Dental Association, the American Dental Association®, the Southern Association of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Knierim has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics for her research, evaluating over 450 finished orthodontic cases. To keep up with the latest technology, Dr. Knierim attends continuing education courses throughout the year. Dr. Knierim married her husband, Scott, in May 2008. They live in Knoxville and have three children, two dogs and three horses. When she is not in her office creating beautiful smiles, she can be found outdoors, enjoying horseback riding, hiking, skiing or biking.
Dr. Monica Ginart grew up in Miami, Florida. She attended Cornell University and earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in all subjects in 2014, majoring in economics and minoring in biological sciences. She then went on to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Ginart completed her orthodontics residency training at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, obtaining a Master of Science. She is a member of the American Dental Association® and the American Association of Orthodontics®. Dr. Ginart loves creating beautiful smiles for her patients and is thrilled to become a part of the Knoxville community. Outside of orthodontics, she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and traveling with her husband and college sweetheart, Chris. Once upon a time, she also dabbled in musical theater, dance, gymnastics and judo. The Ginart family welcomed a baby boy in early 2020.
Dr. Ginart also speaks Spanish to better serve our valued patients!
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team here at Knoxville Orthodontics consists of experienced, knowledgeable and skilled dental professionals. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile. Call our office today at 865-522-7572 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontists and learn more about orthodontics in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Andrea (Andi) has been a team member since 2018. She is a registered dental assistant and loves orthodontics. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and cheering on her husband, Chad, from the pit box during NASCAR Xfinity races. She has a German Shepherd named Harley and a cat named Jazmine. She and her family have worked the Souvlakia Greekfest booth every year for as long as she can remember. When asked why she chose the specialty of orthodontics versus other dental specialties, she stated she enjoys watching a smile in process.
Briana joined our team in 2020 as an administrative assistant, and we have loved having her on the team. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science in music and culture, plus a minor in Hispanic studies, from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and graduated cum laude in 2019. She is a positive team player and is always focused on our patients. She is the one who takes care of our Spanish-speaking patients’ calls, and she loves getting to help members of our Latino community find the help and care they need. In addition to that, she provides assistance with scheduling, reports, insurance and social media.
Briana has two brothers, and she is originally from west Tennessee but has lived in Knoxville for more than six years. She lives with her longtime boyfriend and college sweetheart, Alex, and their Greyhound, Draco. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Courtney has been with our team since she began her dental assisting career. She graduated from TCAT in 2017. She is married and spends her spare time with her fur babies, Camper and Loretta. She loves music and anything outdoors, especially camping with her family. She enjoys the process of creating a beautiful smile through orthodontics.
Lee is the scheduling coordinator for Knoxville Orthodontics. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for over 30 years. They have three children, a daughter who lives in Kansas and a son and daughter who live in Washington state. She grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and has worked in the dental field for over 20 years. She was a dental assistant in Missouri before moving to Knoxville in 2016. They moved here for her husband’s work, and she started working for Dr. Knierim in August of 2017. They have been renovating their 1941 home since they moved in. They enjoy downtown Knoxville and also enjoy exploring the nearby mountains and rivers.
Rhonda, our office manager, oversees all things financial. She has been in orthodontics for 33 years and maintains her licenses as a registered dental assistant and radiographer. Though originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville with her husband and children in 2006. She and her husband, Ashley, have two married daughters and an adult son. They also have three dogs, two miniature schnauzers, Sam and Opie, and a Yorkshire terrier, Bitsy. In her spare time, she likes to bake,
have movie and dinner dates with her husband and spoil her fur babies. Her favorite aspect of her job is witnessing patients experience a boost in self-esteem and seeing them leave with a smile.