BEHIND THE MASKS: MEET YOUR DENTISTS!
Drs. Appelbaum, Dill, Varble, and Wong are dentists that specialize in pediatrics, meaning that after earning their dental degree, they performed two additional years of study to treat children. This, along with their ongoing dedication to continuing education, prepares them to best serve the families of St. Louis and surrounding areas.
Murray Appelbaum, D.M.D.
A St. Louis native himself, Dr. Appelbaum (or Dr. A), returned to his hometown to practice dentistry, which he has been enjoying for thirty years. His wife, Gail, and children Lauren and Andrew, enjoy traveling, attending concerts, and cheering on the Cardinals. While he is now treating his second generation of patients, he will tell you that he has never worked a day in his life, having found a career that he loves.
Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Columbia Dental School: Washington University School of Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry Specialization: The Children’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio and The Ohio State University
Andrew Dill, D.M.D.
Dr. Dill (as in, dill pickles) was born and raised in Kentucky, and he has retained the charm from his Southern upbringing as well as some of the accent. He and his wife, Tiffany, enjoy traveling the world and creating adventures. He is a self-confessed computer geek and techie, and has brought the office into the 21st century since he joined the practice. He shares his love of the Cardinals with Dr. Appelbaum, and loves attending games as well as collecting sports memorabilia from all of baseball’s greats.
Undergraduate: Murray State University Dental School: University of Louisville School of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Specialization: University of Tennessee Memphis Additional Fellowship: One Year Fellowship in Special Needs Dentistry at the Underwood and Lee Clinic
Amy Varble, D.M.D.
Dr. Varble grew up just outside the St. Louis area, in Illinois. She and her husband, Dr. Zachary Varble of Varble Orthodontics, have two children, Calvin and Francis Jane, and two dogs, Annie and Hazel. When her active schedule gives her a chance, she takes the opportunity to read, cook, travel, and volunteer at her church and children’s school.
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Dental School: Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry Specialization: University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital
Michael Wong, D.M.D.
Dr. Wong is the newest member to our practice and the St. Louis area. He was born and raised in California, but came to St. Louis with his wife, Jara, a native of the area. Their young children, Keenan, Vivian, and Claire keep him plenty busy, but he still makes time to go rock climbing, hiking, swimming, and skiing.
Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Dental School: Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry Specialization: Children’s Hospital in Colorado