Dr. Sam Christensen was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa where he completed his undergraduate degree while being a member of the University of Iowa Men’s Golf Team. He continued his education at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He graduated near the top of his class and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. Following in his Grandfather’s footsteps, Dr. Christensen went on to finish a two year pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of Iowa. During his pediatric residency program he discovered his passion for orthodontics. Following this dream, he completed a two year orthodontic residency program through the University of Iowa. Dr. Christensen served as Chief Resident for both his pediatric dentistry and orthodontic residency programs.
He was drawn to the problem solving aspects of orthodontics as well as making people feel more confident with their smiles. Dr. Christensen specializes in the latest orthodontic techniques including early treatment, adolescent and adult treatment with clear and traditional braces, Invisalign, and orthognathic surgery. He will be using the most innovative orthodontic technology including intraoral scanners and in cases deemed necessary cone beam computed tomography. A completely digital office allows for more efficient communication. He recognizes the importance of thorough communication to understand each patient’s needs and concerns before a treatment plan is developed and initiated He considers this a cornerstone of his practice. Dr. Christensen understands that orthodontics is a significant investment and is committed to providing the best possible results for each patient.
In his free time, Dr. Christensen enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie and dog Ari. Dr. Christensen is also an avid golfer, as is his entire family. He also enjoys running (especially with Ari) and traveling. His wife, Natalie, works as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Des Moines area. They are both excited to be a part of the Ankeny community.