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Michael J. Wahl, DDS

Dr. Michael Wahl - Wilmington Dentist

While at Brandywine High School (class of 1978), Dr. Michael Wahl was accepted to the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, giving him conditional acceptance in the dental school provided he attended college there also. After three years in college, Dr. Michael was accepted into the dental school senior year in absentia. He received his BA in natural science cum laude in 1982 and his DDS in 1985. He joined his father Dr. Mervin Wahl at Wahl Family Dentistry in 1986, the day after he completed a year of general practice residency at the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care Health System). He has owned Wahl Family Dentistry since 1996.

Currently, Dr. Wahl is an assistant attending dentist at the General Practice Residency Program at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the Temple University School of Dental Medicine. He has published two books, a book chapter, and many articles in medical and dental journals.

Dr. Michael likes to practice, teach, research, and write about dentistry. In addition, he enjoys racquetball, reading American history, and spending time with his family.

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Dr. Peggy Schmitt, Dentist in Wilmington, DE Margaret Schmitt, DMD

Soon after graduating from Brandywine High School in 1983, Peggy Schmitt and her friend Patrick Wahl discussed career choices with Dr. Mervin and Mrs. Joy Wahl. Mrs. Wahl talked about what a wonderful profession dentistry was and that since Peggy loved science, it might be a good fit. While attending Boston University, Peggy's father unfortunately lost his job at Hercules Incorporated, which motivated Peggy to apply early to dental school and save the tuition. She did well enough to be accepted to Temple University School of Dental Medicine, skipping her senior year of college. During her senior year of dental school, she was selected to be a student teacher for freshman and junior dental students.  After graduating from dental school, Dr. Peggy completed a general practice residency in 1991 at the Medical Center of Delaware (now Christiana Care Health Services) and has been with Wahl Family Dentistry ever since. Her articles have been published in a number of dental publications. She is also involved in politics and was a candidate for US Congress in 1992 and a candidate for Delaware State House in 1996.

Peggy's Graduation

Dr. Mike was there to celebrate Dr. Peggy's May 1990 graduation from Temple University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Peggy loves the outdoors and has hiked the mountain ranges of Washington, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, Tennesee, and Virginia.  She considers scaling Angel's Landing in Zion National Park (Utah) to be her greatest personal achievement. Dr. Peggy also enjoys restoring old homes, playing with her daughters (Zoe, 5 and Grace, 3), and providing her patients with beautiful, strong, life-changing dentistry.

Peggy's Family

Dr. Peggy with her family (Grace, Zoe, and Marc) relaxing in Ocean City, NJ.



Dr. Jean Garripoli Wahl, Dentist Jean A. Wahl, DMD

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jean Garripoli Wahl comes from a large Italian family of nine children. Jean attended Rutgers University, then the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. There, as an undergraduate, she met her future husband Patrick Wahl while he was completing his post-graduate specialty training in endodontics. Jean went on to complete a two-year general practice residency in New York at Staten Island University Hospital. During her second year of training, she was selected for the position of Assistant Clinical Instructor at the Staten Island Special Needs Clinic in which she completed oral rehabilitation cases in the operating room. Jean also taught at New York University Hospital, assisting dental students in their clinical training.

After completing her work in New York, Jean and Patrick married and began their life together in Wilmington. She worked in Pennsylvania for a short time before joining Wahl Family Dentistry in 2001 with her husband, Patrick and her brother–in-law, Michael. She enjoys taking continuing education classes, caring for and educating her patients and helping them to feel at ease in the dental chair, making a lifetime difference. Jean has co-authored research articles with her brother-in-law Michael.

Jean is humbled and honored to be part of an incredible family legacy and family dental practice which began in 1949. A practice that was started by and cared for by her late father-in-law, Dr. Mervin Wahl and her mother-in-law, Joy Wahl.

Jean and Patrick feel very lucky and proud to have three beautiful sons and a rescue dog named Poppi. They enjoy family and special life moments shared together. While making many trips to New Jersey throughout the year, they enjoy many sport activities, music venues, exercising and the outdoors together.

Drs. Jean and Pat with their four boys.


Dr. Patrick Wahl - Wilmington, DE Dentist Pat Wahl, DMD

Dr. Patrick Wahl earned his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University. He is a specialist in endodontics, which means he has two years of advanced training in root canal therapy. He completed his general residency at the Medical Center of Delaware and his endodontic residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a 4-week residency in surgical endodontics at Universitatskllinik in Graz, Austria.

He has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the faculty of Temple University. He has published articles in dozens of dental journals and lectured in dental schools and for dental societies across the country and internationally.

Dr. Patrick Wahl  as a dental student at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 1989.
Dr. Patrick Wahl as a dental student at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 1989.

 Dr. Patrick Wahl as a dental student at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 1989.
Dr. Pat Wahl with braces at about age 12 (1977).  In spite of his braces, Pat chose endodontics as his specialty instead of orthodontics.

You'll see Pat around town wearing his familiar white iPod earbuds, listening to audiobooks. He is often accompanied by his two pugs, which he got for protection. When Pat and Jean got married, they decided that Pat would make all the major decisions, and Jean would make all the minor decisions. They've been very lucky, because after all these years, they've yet to face a major decision!

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