Meet Your Doctors

Dr. Bill

Dr. Bill Kottemann, one of your Minneapolis orthodontists, was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but has lived in Orono for nearly 40 years. His father, an orthodontist himself, inspired Dr. Bill to follow in his footsteps. He attended the University of Iowa as a pre-med, before entering their School of Dentistry after only two years of undergraduate work. He attended the University of Minnesota for his orthodontic degree and Master’s degree in 1978. Dr. Bill became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 1989.

Dr. Bill
Dr. Kraig

Dr. Kraig

Dr. Kraig Kottemann has seen first-hand the amazing effects that orthodontic treatment has on the lives of patients throughout his life. Dr. Kraig attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a double degree in Biology and Art Studio. He then attended the University of Arizona School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and completed his formal education at the University of Minnesota, receiving his Master of Science degree and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott Kottemann has always been drawn to orthodontics. Before he was even old enough to drive a car, he loved to spend time in the lab making retainers and other orthodontic appliances for the family practice. Dr. Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame where he studied Biology before heading to the University of Michigan, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, was chosen to receive a grant to research cell signaling, was elected a council member, and graduated second in his class.

Dr. Scott
Dr. Rosemary

Dr. Alisha

Dr. Alisha Holt is a proud Minnesotan who attended college at the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree. After its completion, she lived in Washington, D.C. working for the DC Volunteer Lawyers’ Project before returning to UPenn to earn her DMD at their School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Rosemary then went on to complete her orthodontic training and Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota.

Why a Minneapolis Orthodontist? Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, even though not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist. Dr. Bill Kottemann, Dr. Scott Kottemann, Dr. Kraig Kottemann, and Dr. Rosemary Leilch like all orthodontists, have to continue their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Bill Kottemann, Dr. Scott Kottemann, Dr. Kraig Kottemann, and Dr. Rosemary Leilch have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your Minneapolis Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treating young children who do not yet need to see an orthodontist. However, specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems.

Seeing a specialist like your Minneapolis orthodontists may change your experience in braces by:

  • Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
  • Having personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concern and anatomical characteristics.
  • More efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office’s focus area of care.
  • Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite discrepancies that need to be addressed.
  • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

While some may think individuals may think it’s easier to have their orthodontic work completed by their dentist, but convenience shouldn’t be a problem, because you will only be stopping by your Minneapolis orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Kottemann Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Minneapolis area.

Testimonials from Minneapolis Orthodontist Patients

The team at Kotteman is remarkable! They diagnosed a medical issue that countless doctors could not figure out. They cared enough to be persistent and dig until they had an answer. Dr. Scott thank you for calling on your friends at the U of M and believing us that “something wasn’t right”. Keri thank you for helping us rush the Invisalign before our insurance changed and truly caring for our entire family well beyond straight teeth! You made us feel like family and for that we are forever grateful.


My experience at Kottemann Orthodontics was amazing! They waited for my teeth and jaw before they decided to put my braces on. By waiting, it actually shortened how long I had braces. The staff is amazing and very nice. By the end, they knew me by name and were very easy to have a conversation with while you wait. Overall, my experience at Kottemann was awesome and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an Orthodontist.