Dr. Wallender is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is the only pediatric craniofacial surgeon in West Florida and South Alabama. Dr. Wallender is specifically interested in craniofacial surgery, facial reconstruction, bone grafting and implant reconstruction. He has cared for multiple children in his region, as medical director and craniofacial surgeon for the Gulf Coast Cleft and Craniofacial Team.
Dr. Wallender earned his undergraduate degree at Missouri State University and his dental degree through University of Missouri Kansas City in 2008. He completed his residency in OMFS and a fellowship training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery.
His early exposure to the field of dentistry during his externship at Children’s Medical Center Dallas lead him to his career choice. “Witnessing the instant transformation in a child’s life and the impact it had on their families drew me to pursue a career in the field.”
In his free time, Dr. Wallender enjoys endurance sports, water sports and snow sports. Time spent with his wife and children are a priority. His faith is a staple in his life. He is actively engaged in his community and civic service with his church body. Dr. Wallender continually participates in international cleft and craniofacial mission programs, which help to provide free care for the underserved in Vietnam, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Philippines.
“I am used by God to impact people’s lives in the healthcare field for God’s glory. I have been given the righteousness of Jesus by faith in Him who has overcome sin and death. I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and strength. I am motivated to be part of everlasting change in the lives of my team and my patients. If I am not able to serve and change the lives of those around me through my service, then the impact I have is only on my own life which is a brief flash in eternity.”
Dr. Wallender looks forward to serving you soon!