Dr. Walter R. Below earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in 1981 and he opened his practice in 1982 after graduating from his residency program. He began with three charts in the files, his mother, his brother, and himself. The practice has grown from services offered to advanced technology. Dr. Below has continued practicing in Westlake for the past 30+ years.
He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a General Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and American Association of Hospital Dentists.
He has been a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve Dental School and was also on the medical staff of St. John’s Medical Center.
Currently, Dr. Below strives to stay ahead of the curve on the new techniques and information available to better serve his patients. He participates in over a hundred hours of continuing education each year, which far exceeds state licensing requirements. Dr. Below also has memberships in organizations, like the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which are focused on the future of dentistry from a scientific and/or esthetic perspective.
Dr. Below was nominated by his peers, passed rigorous scrutiny, and was accepted into the International College of Dentists. His fellowship in this prestigious organization was bestowed at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association in October 24, 2003. The Cap and Gown Ceremony was held in San Francisco.
On a personal note: Dr. Below was accepted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, an honor given to those with ties to the commonwealth of Kentucky. He graduated from both the University of Kentucky for his Undergraduate degree and from the University of Louisville for his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel notables include: President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Senator John Glenn.