Meet Our Associates

Heather Horton, DDS, MS

Dr. Heather Horton grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsi. She completed her undergraduate and dental degrees at the University of Minnesota. While there she also competed on the cross country and track and field teams (Go Gophers!). She then went on to complete her orthodontic specialty residency at Case Western Reserve University, which she completed at the end of 2013. When she’s not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Horton still loves to run (both she and her husband Frank recently ran the Twin Cities Marathon) and is a huge Minnesota sports fan. Another crazy fact, Dr. H has an eraser collection she started when she was four years old and now has thousands of them from all over the world!


Rachel Hoganson, DDS, MS

Rachel Hoganson is originally from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota for her undergraduate education where she studied Microbiology. It was her love for art and science that drove her to pursue a career in dentistry, graduating with high distinction from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2016. There, she had the privilege to continue on to complete her specialty training in orthodontics in 2018. After 10 years as a Golden Gopher, she is excited to join Dr. Ekim in creating smiles with a caring style to achieve healthy, beautiful smiles for our patients.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running and yoga, visiting her sisters in Montana, and weekends fishing at her family cabin in northern Minnesota. She is also passionate about cooking and loves finding new recipes to try!