Meet the Doctors
Timothy E. Smith, DDS
Dr. Tim Smith started Kenwood Dental in 1978. He has been caring for his patients for over thirty-four years. In these years of practice he has developed a strong belief that the relationships with his patients are the most important aspects of dental treatment.
A lifetime resident of Duluth, Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry. Since beginning his practice he has served dentistry as President of the Duluth Chapter of the Academy of General Dentistry, President of the Duluth Dental Forum and President of the Northeast District Dental Society. Dr. Smith also served as Chairman of the Scientific Sessions Committee of the Minnesota Dental Association. He has been awarded the Robert Beerhalter award for clinical excellence and was privileged to be elected “Guest of Honor” at the annual meeting of the Northeast District for his dedication to dentistry and to his patients.
In 1987 Dr. Smith was part of the first implant team to bring implant dentistry to northern Minnesota. In addition, Dr. Smith has studied extensively at the renowned Pankey Institute. During his seven years with the Scientific Sessions Committee he was able to study with the leaders of dentistry throughout the United States.
Dr. Smith and his wife, Linda, have two grown sons; Tim and Mike. Dr. Smith is a very enthusiastic golfer and also a skier when he can’t golf. Biking is becoming another favorite past time in recent years.
Dr. Tim Smith was presented the Guest of Honor Award from the Northeastern District Dental Society.
Kyle D. Kolquist, DDS
Dr. Kolquist was born and raised here in Duluth. He furthered his education with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota. He is continuing his training at Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona. This training philosophy incorporates photography into treatment planning to help appropriately use the face and smile to aid in generating an esthetic and functional appearance. He also studied at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida. This training is invaluable in treating signs of TMD. In addition, Dr. Kolquist participates in a local Seattle Study Club which brings in speakers from across the country.
His passions in dentistry include comprehensive treatment planning with emphasis on esthetics, comfort, and function. Invisalign and photography have emerged as new modalities to provide an optimal level of care. Dental implants, root canal therapy, composite fillings, all ceramic crowns and bridges, and TMD evaluation/treatment continue to be pillars of his practice.
When he is not enjoying his passion of dentistry, he enjoys golf, skiing, reading, and music. He contributes his time to the community by coaching goaltenders for a local high school hockey team.
Dr. Erin Renier grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth Marshall School in 2005. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Dr. Renier then went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she blended her passion for both art and science. During this time Dr. Renier took a special interest in the dental subspecialty of Prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures) and was chosen to participate in select honors prosthodontics training. Upon graduating in 2012 she received the Hannau Excellence in Prosthodontics Award for her knowledge and skills and was inducted into the Omnicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society.
Dr. Renier strives to educate her patients about their unique dental needs, partnering with them to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. She loves being able to use her scientific and artistic skills to serve others every day. Dr. Renier is a member of the Spear Study Club and Great Lakes Study Club. She enjoys continuing education and strives to further her skills, applying new advances in dentistry to her practice.
In her free time, Dr. Renier enjoys painting, singing, cross-country skiing, and hiking the superior hiking trail. She is eager to give back and participate in the community she calls “home.”
Dr. Ben Larson is thrilled to join the Duluth community and the skilled staff of Kenwood Dental. After growing up regularly visiting northern Minnesota, he jumped at the opportunity to establish a career in the Northland.
Originally from Rochester, MN, Dr. Larson obtained a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 2003 from Luther College before spending several years as a wilderness guide and science teacher. Called to the field of dentistry, he attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2015. He received selective training that provided him with a passion for comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry. He has since served as a general dentist in the Twin Cities and with a variety of volunteer mission opportunities at home and abroad. Dr. Larson obtains fulfillment in providing a high level of care to his patients, fostering happy and healthy smiles. He stays up-to-date with advances in dentistry through continuing education coursework.
As he settles in to his new role in the Duluth community, Dr. Larson enjoys quality time on Duluth's many mountain biking and hiking trails. He also enjoys kitesurfing and waterskiing on Minnesota's pristine lakes, and skiing and playing hockey in the winter.