Meet Dr. Walde

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Dr. Walde earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1978 from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Five years later, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Dentistry, graduating with distinction and was elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He then decided to pursue his Master of Science in Orthodontics from St. Louis University, completing the residency program in 1985.

Since 1994, Dr. Walde has served as an associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics at St. Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education. In his capacity as an educator and a caregiver, Dr. Walde feels it is important to stay abreast of the latest developments in orthodontics. He frequently attends continuing education courses to learn about the latest advances in orthodontic techniques and technology. Additionally, he has lectured across the U.S., Europe, and South America on various orthodontic subjects.

Dr. Walde is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Missouri Dental Association
  • Greater St. Louis Dental Society (Southwest Counties District)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
  • College of Diplomates, American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • World Federation of Orthodontics
  • Greater St. Louis Orthodontic Study Club since 2000
  • Appointed Executive Director of Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation March 2018

Dr. Walde grew up in Washington, Missouri and feels he is lucky to have spent more than 37 years with his wife, Debbie. They are very proud of their three children, Kate, Ryan, and Jane, as well as their seven grandchildren, Annie, Mary, Eddie, Johnnie, Marie, Luke, and Eloise! Dr. Walde is very involved in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Area United Way for two three-year terms. He also served as a leader for the Explorer Scouts, Little League sports coach, and the Show Me Smiles Chapter of the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation. Dr. Walde has traveled to Honduras on several occasions with the Washington Overseas Mission to assist in providing dental care for the poorest of poor.  In 2016 Dr. Walde and a friend formed OxFest Charities, LLC (a 501c3 corporation). OxFest Charities helps fund scholarships and unmet student needs for local students. They also provide funding for Whole Kids Outreach, an organization in rural southeast Missouri that helps children live full lives free from preventable abuse, neglect and illness. Their mission includes helping those who don't have the means to help themselves. Dr. Walde joined the Board of Directors for Whole Kids Outreach in 2018. 

In his leisure time, he likes camping, fishing, canoeing, and snow skiing in the winter. He is also really interested in the latest high-tech gadgets on the market and collects music, new and old.