• Dr. Tyler Aholt

    Dr. Aholt joined South St. Louis Dental Group in 2012 as an associate under Dr. Joern and purchased the practice in 2016. Dr. Aholt is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society.

    Outside of the office, Dr. Aholt enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a passionate sports fanatic, particularly supporting the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Aholt married his wife, Alison, in May of 2013. They have two children, Nolan and Walker, as well as their two fur-babies, Scotch and Whiskey.


    Dr. Aholt graduated from St. Louis University High School in 2004 and continued his education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Aholt was a member of the Xavier baseball team, where he was recognized for his outstanding academics, sportsmanship and integrity. After receiving his Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier with minors in Natural Sciences and Biology , Dr. Aholt was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Aholt is a certified Invisalign provider.

  • Dr. Lester C. Joern Jr.

    Dr. Joern founded South St. Louis Dental Group in 1978. The practice he bought dates back to 1942. He has consistently been listed as one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and consistently rated as one of St. Louis’s Top Dentists by St. Louis Magazine.

    The practice has garnered a number of awards including Prudential Insurance’s top office award and the National Association of Dental Plans office award for patient care. He has two daughters that live in Colorado, and he is an avid Missouri Tiger fan with season tickets to Mizzou football and basketball.


    Dr. Joern graduated from Webster Groves High School. He received his degree in Biology from the University of Missouri before graduating from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry with a DDS degree.

  • Dr. Katie Garrity

    Dr. Katie (Milles) Garrity was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending Seven Holy Founders for grade school, she then graduated from Cor Jesu Academy before heading off to Mizzou for undergrad. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri—Columbia where she received her B.S. in Biology while also playing for the Missouri Women's softball team. Dr. Garrity then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri—Kansas City, also graduating Summa Cum Laude.

    Dr. Garrity enjoys all aspects of dentistry, developing relationships with families, and helping them achieve and maintain a healthy dentition. She has a passion for learning and enjoys discovering new techniques and materials to help her patients have the best possible experience. Her goal is to perform excellent dentistry in a gentle and caring way.

    Dr. Garrity enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Joey, and their 3 young children. They recently moved back from Salt Lake City, Utah where her husband completed his radiology fellowship. While there they got to visit all 5 of the state’s national parks and though they enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery, they are so happy to be back home in St. Louis near friends and family.