Meet the Team

Our Dentists

At RiverRock Dental we strive to give you the best possible treatment and experience to
help you achieve your dental goals.


Dr. Christianson graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2008, after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Continuing education is a top priority, as he strives to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry so that he can provide the best dental care possible. Dr. Christianson is an active member in the Southside Comprehensive Study Club and also participates in the “Give Kids a Smile” program. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four small children. As an outdoor enthusiast, that’s where he can be found when he is not at the office. Dr. Christianson also enjoys most sports, and is a high school football official in the fall.



Dr. Backes is from Buffalo, MN. He is a graduate of the University of MN School of Dentistry, after receiving his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University. Dr. Backes is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Backes believes in treating patients with compassion and care. He strives to work with each person to help them reach their own personal dental goals. He is committed to continuing education to provide the best and most recent dental care available. Dr. Backes is here to provide excellent dental care for you and your family. When away from the office, Dr. Backes enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He loves being outdoors and enjoys tennis, hiking, spending time at the lake, and photography.

Dr Nathan Hanson


Dr. Hanson is originally from Stillwater, MN.  He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Biology and a minor French.  After a gap year in Philadelphia, PA, he completed his dental school education at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hanson’s first interest in dentistry came from a desire to work with his hands but fell in love with dentistry through interaction with patients.

Dr. Hanson stays up-to-date with current dental practices through continuing education. He loves to stay active in his community through volunteering at The Special Olympics and other community events.

Dr. Hanson can be found wearing brightly colored scrubs and loves to laugh at work!

Aside from dentistry, Dr. Hanson enjoys camping, hiking, anything involving lake, and endurance sports.

Friendly Dental Practice

Our dentists are committed to improving your general dental health and restoring your natural smile. We also offer a FREE orthodontic consultation and assessment for a personal treatment plan. Stop in and meet our friendly and professional staff.