Meet Dr. Andrew Link in St. Louis, MO & Ballwin, MO
Dr. Drew Link: Having a dad as a dentist, everyone just always assumes, “Oh, you're going to be a dentist,” but most normal people don't grow up thinking, “Oh, I'm going to work in someone else's mouth." So I'm one of four siblings, and I was the only one to go into dentistry, and I always had a strong interest in science, always loved taking my science courses. But part of me just absolutely loved working with my hands and kind of liked the business or entrepreneurial side of things. And for me, dentistry was the perfect mix of both. It wasn't one of those things where my father ever pressured me because, as he rightfully has said, and I've come to realize it, it's the best profession in the world if you love it, but it could also be the worst if you don't. It's just really rewarding to be able to – whether it be improve someone's confidence, get them out of discomfort or pain, just make them comfortable or oftentimes, just to give them someone to listen to all while at the same time improving their oral health – it's a really rewarding feeling to help someone like that.
I'm still in the young age where I've been in school longer than I've been out of school, so it's still very much in the forefront of my mind. So I'm from St. Louis, went to high school at Priory. And then from there, I got my bachelor’s down in a smaller liberal arts school called Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I then moved to Kansas City where I went to the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. And that's where I did all my clinical and didactic dental training for four years.
From there, I kind of had a decision to make as to whether it wanted to pursue a residency after school or go into work. And I viewed coming back to St. Louis and starting work with my dad as the best of both worlds because through his mentorship and being able to work, I've been getting the clinical skills that I wouldn't have been getting in the residency while also still getting that much-needed didactic and kind of lecture type of learning on the side.
Since I'm still in such a school mindset, it felt weird for me once I graduated to not be studying or taking seminars or something. So I made a goal to myself that I want to try and get my fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, which is a distinction only shared by 6 percent of dentists across the country and requires copious, copious amounts of continued education. So I set myself a formal goal of getting it in three years.
I've already seen it reap the benefits so far just in terms of the materials we now use. I've graduated. I'm out of school officially but very much does not feel that way. In fact, if you ever ran into me at the gym, you'd see me on my tablet reading articles and taking notes. So if anything, I feel like I've been more diligent since graduating. My short time of being out of school, I've already seen how it's making big, big changes in how I implement my dentistry and my clinical skills.
Dr. Andrew “Drew” Link is a native of St. Louis, MO. Like his father, Dr. Allan Link, he is a graduate of St. Louis Priory High School (2010). After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Dr. Andrew Link completed his DDS at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he also mentored first-year students. At UMKC, he was heavily involved in community service having served on the leadership team of the school’s community service group. He was also an active member of a health professionals’ Bible study for four years.
Dr. Andrew Link also was excited by the opportunity to return to his hometown, where he could work with his father to provide comprehensive general dentistry for patients in and around Ballwin and St. Louis. He wants to continue the mission of The DentaLink, which is to provide high-quality dental care in a family-friendly environment.
Dr. Drew is constantly learning about new and better ways to care for his patients. He is an active member of both the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry which allow him to stay abreast with all the latest innovations in dentistry. Dr. Drew values the idea of being a lifelong learner and is currently working towards attaining his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, a distinction shared by only 6% of all dentists.
When he isn’t at one of our two locations, Dr. Andrew Link likes to golf, play soccer, and spend time with his wife, Maggie. They met while he was a student at Rhodes College. She is a physician who is training for pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.