Meet Dr. Wartell

Robert L. Wartell, DMD has had a varied and comprehensive career. After graduating from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, he served for two years as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War. After returning to Philadelphia, Dr. Wartell opened a dental practice where he cared for patients for 20 years. During this time, he spent 5 years teaching clinical dentistry one day each week, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

After practicing for 12 years, Dr. Wartell was awarded the prestigious "Fellowship" in the Academy of General Dentistry. This is an award given for attaining continuing education credits far beyond those required to maintain a state dental license. It is common for Dr. Wartell to attend more than one hundred hours of continuing education each year, while the requirement for New Mexico dentists is only 20 hours every year. You can see the list of more than 2000 hours of his accredited continuing education here.
After "retiring" from 20 years of dentistry in Philadelphia, and moving to Santa Fe, Dr. Wartell opened a commercial photography business, and spent the next ten years photographing art, jewelry, and other products for artists, galleries, and merchants. He participated in many local organizations: he was a volunteer firefighter in Eldorado for 5 years, a member of the boards of directors of the American Cancer Society and the Visiting Nurse Service. He and his wife Pat often cooked lunch for senior citizens at Open Hands senior daycare. He became active in the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, and became District Governor and a member of the national Board of Directors.

After ten years as a photographer, the urge to serve as a dentist once again became strong enough that Dr. Wartell spent three days taking the Dental Board Examination, and received his license to practice in New Mexico. He then worked as a dentist for patients at the state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, and at the Santa Fe Community College dental clinic. In these locations he was able to treat patients on Medicaid.

At the end of 2001, Dr. Wartell decided to offer his services to the entire Santa Fe community. He opened his own practice, so that he could once again help patients from all walks of life.

Since then, he has attended and is continuing to attend numerous seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), so he would be better prepared to help patients suffering from temporomandibular disorders. He has taken a strong interest in treating those with obstructive sleep apnea with removable oral splints. To further his education in these medical aspects of dental practice, he has become a member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Pain Management, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, to take advantage of their excellent and numerous continuing education opportunities. In 2008 Dr. Wartell completed a mini-residency in temporomandibular disorders at the AACP Institute. He has earned Diplomate status in the American Board of Craniofacial Pan and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Wartell receives referrals from physicians, nurse practitioners, and dentists throughout northern New Mexico for the treatment of jaw problems and obstructive sleep apnea.

Active in organized dentistry, Dr. Wartell was the Santa Fe District Dental Society Trustee to the New Mexico Dental Association (NMDA), and was the NMDA's Internet Communications Chair. He has been a member of the Santa Fe District Dental Society's Peer Review Committee.

In fields outside of dentistry, Dr. Wartell has founded a creative writing award at the College of Santa Fe, in honor of the esteemed Rabbi Leonard A. Helman. His interest in web design is fulfilled by managing this web site.