Fred Hermanson, DDS

Dr. Hermanson places your comfort at the forefront of his care and provides the promise of total relaxation paired with the assurance that everyone in the office is committed to your healthy, winning smile. This is what makes him one of the best dentists in the state. In fact, more than 350 patients have recently given him a solid five-star rating for excellence.

Dr. Hermanson has more than 30 years of experience providing cosmetic, implant and family dental care to individuals of all ages. His attention to detail and methods of educating patients regarding what they can expect regarding their appointment solidifies his appeal to all ages. He and his staff are excellent communicators.

Dr. Hermanson has been the Official Dentist of Miss Minnesota USA since 2003, and he has worked with other contestants such as Miss Wyoming, Miss Wisconsin, Miss South Dakota and Miss North Dakota. He also serves as the dentist for some of the local sports figures and was among the first general dentists in Minnesota to become certified in sedation dentistry. His expertise and influence are far-reaching.

Dr. Hermanson received an undergraduate degree in biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He also completed Level II in post-graduate esthetic dentistry and was among the first nine dentists (out of 2,500) to earn the Certificate of Achievement for Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he has served as a visiting instructor and lecturer.


  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association®
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • University of Minnesota Advisory Board

Anne Yahiro, DDS

Dr. Anne Yahiro is the most recent addition to our team, and we are very excited to have her. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she earned her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Prior to dental school, she attended Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she studied psychology and Spanish for health professionals. In addition to her academic successes, she was a Division I track and field athlete for all four years and is a three-time Big East champion in triple jump.

After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis and has enjoyed exploring her new home. In her free time, she loves cooking, hiking, traveling and walking the world’s largest dog, Buck.

Dr. Yahiro’s goal is to put each patient first, prioritizing the highest levels of care, comfort and communication. She is eager to give you a reason to smile.


  • American Dental Association®
  • Delta Sigma Delta, President (2019-2020)
  • Minnesota Dental Association
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Smile By Design Staff

Meet Our Team

Dr. Fred Hermanson is pleased to present our amazing team! Friendly and personable, our team focuses on patient care for excellent service. We take the time to get to know you and enjoy engaging with you and your family as we see to your dental needs.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Sheldon is our dental hygienist! He earned an associate degree in dental hygiene from Rochester Community and Technical College in 1994 and later received his bachelor’s degree in science of dental hygiene in May of 2015. He is the founder and president of Smiles Around Minnesota, a nonprofit that helps underserved, underinsured and non-insured residents of Minnesota gain dental hygiene care.

When talking about dentistry, Sheldon explains, “Dental hygiene is all about whole body health promotion, from control of chronic inflammation to nutrition, and a communication with people to promote positive lifestyles. I was going to be an elementary education teacher, but instead I am able to teach people of all ages how to live their best life.”

Sheldon is married to his best friend and extraordinary wife, Kristy, and together they have three fun and talented children: Dylan, Ireland and Nolan. His hobbies include traveling with his family around the United States to historical sites; going to theme parks, national and state parks; as well as hiking and playing sports; and playing board games, card games and video games. He also enjoys playing fantasy football and fantasy baseball when not playing the real thing, doing weightlifting training, running, watching movies, studying history and learning about nutritional and holistic health.

Sheldon dreams of owning and operating a hobby farm with his family.


Licensed Dental Assistant

Peggy has been working as a licensed dental assistant for over 17 years, after earning her degree at Lakeland College. She has three children and six grandchildren to keep her busy. In her remaining time, she enjoys biking, gardening, scrapbooking and spending time with friends and family. She entered the dental profession because she has a great joy in helping to create smiles that boost patients’ confidence and self-esteem. Peggy also volunteers with Prince of Peace and Give Kids a Smile.


Financial Coordinator & Reception

Jean has been with Smiles by Design for 30 years and began working at the front desk in 2016. She has her bachelors from the University of Minnesota, is certified in computer programming and is a licensed massage therapist. She is an avid tennis player and biker and loves dentistry because there’s always more to learn.


Scheduling Coordinator & Reception

Anna received her bachelors from Viterbo University in 2017 and has worked at Smiles by Design on summer breaks since 2011. In her time outside the office, she is an actress, aerialist and dog mom. Anna loves to see the transformation that patients go through when they conquer their fears and take pride in their smile.

We invite you to learn more about our us by call Smiles by Design at 952-432-9155 if you have any questions about our services for dental care in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We look forward to hearing from you!