James G. Klarsch, DDS, MS
“Orthodontics is the most rewarding profession I can imagine. It is such an amazing feeling to help patients build positive self-esteem while improving their smiles and their lives. My staff and I know all our patients on a personal level, celebrating with each one the day their braces are removed.”
Dr. Klarsch received his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was chosen to be a member of Mystical 7 — the most prestigious Honor Society at MU. In 1984, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) "with distinction" from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Klarsch was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Klarsch’s post-graduate work began with a general practice residency program at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine within St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Klarsch then completed his post-graduate education in orthodontics at the St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education Department of Orthodontics. Graduating at the top of his class, he received a Master of Science (MS) degree and has been practicing orthodontics since 1988.
Today, Dr. Klarsch is dedicated to his field with a thriving practice that is limited to the Specialty of Orthodontics for children, adolescents and adults. Also, he continues to train in and study about orthodontics in order to provide his patients the highest quality care. To this end, he is active in numerous dental organizations.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- The American Board of Orthodontics
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Dental Association
- Greater St. Louis Dental Society
In the Orthodontic Community
Dr. Klarsch also served in several offices, including those of president, vice president and secretary-treasurer, and board of directors for the Missouri Society of Orthodontists and Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. Additionally, he is a past board member of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, and a past president of the St. Louis University Orthodontic Alumni Association. Dr. Klarsch has been appointed nationally to the American Association of Orthodontists Council on Communications. He is board certified in the specialty of orthodontics and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
At St. Louis University’s Department of Orthodontics, the largest and most prestigious program in the world, Dr. Klarsch is shaping the future of orthodontics as a member of the clinical faculty, training students in the art and science of orthodontics. Dr. Klarsch is also a member of the staff at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, where he volunteers his time and expertise on the craniofacial-cleft palate team.
Outside the Office
A native of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Klarsch currently resides in Des Peres with his wife, Betsy, daughter Mary, and sons Austin and Daniel. In his free time, Dr. Klarsch enjoys many outdoor activities including boating and skiing, as well as spending time with his family.