• 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 and St. Louis Blues. 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 Whinnie

    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 was born and raised in the St. Louis Area. After graduating from Webster Groves High School he attended the University of Missouri where he received his BS in Biology in 1972 and his DDS from the School of Dentistry in 1976. Upon graduation he returned to St. Louis to join and purchase a practice that was established in 1942, and in 1978, he founded South St. Louis Dental Group. 

    During the early 1980’s he served on the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society and was elected president of the South District of the Dental Society. Following his services with the Dental Society, he traveled the country extensively, lecturing on practice management and navigating the many changes in the dental insurance industry. 

    Dr. Joern has consistently been listed as one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer Research Council of America and consistently rated as one of St. Louis’ Top Dentists by St. Louis Magazine. 

    Outside of the office, Dr. Joern has many varying interests. He has served on several not-for-profit boards that are dedicated to making St. Louis a better place to live. He has also been appointed to numerous committees by the President and Chancellor of Mizzou. He has been a season ticket holder for Mizzou Tiger football for 56 years and has only missed 8 games. For relaxation and enjoyment, he loves to travel around the world. Dr. Joern also loves to relax and water ski and his lake house.

  • Dr. Katie Garrity


    Dr. Katie (Milles) Garrity was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending Seven Holy Founders in Affton 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 spending time outdoors hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Joey, and their 4 young children. Her weekends are often filled with sporting events for her children and hanging out with family and friends. She lives for summertime and would likely live somewhere warmer if it weren’t for all her family and friends in St. Louis!

  • Dr. Madison Etling


    Dr. Madison Etling was born and raised in St. Louis and is a Eureka High School graduate. She continued her education at Truman State University, earning a B.S. in biology and minor in Health Science. Before continuing on to dental school, she was a dental assistant for two years. Dr. Etling completed her completed her dental education at University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry where she graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2023. Dr. Etling joined South St. Louis Dental Group in July of 2023. 

    She is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Greater St. Louis Dental Association.

    Dr. Etling has a 20lb cat named Kygo. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. Some of her favorite travels include Lisbon, Portugal, the Sahara Desert, and a dental mission trip to Nepal. Dr. Etling also loves watching and attending sporting events and is especially excited for St. Louis City FC!