Originally from Northern California, Dr. Cheryl L. Held earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California at Davis, where she graduated in 1992 with high honors. While in school, she was invited to become a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
After working for two years, Dr. Held decided to continue her education by attending the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1997.
Upon graduation from dental school, she began her orthodontic residency at the Saint Louis University Department of Orthodontics, which transitioned into the SLU Center for Advanced Dental Education. At CADE, she earned her Master of Science in orthodontics, and graduated in 1999.
After associating for a short time with two orthodontists in Columbia, MO, Dr. Held decided to return to the St. Louis area and began practicing in South County in November 2000, while planning for the opening of WingHaven® Orthodontics in O’Fallon, MO.
In 2001, she moved to the WingHaven® community and had the privilege of publishing an abbreviated version of her master’s thesis as a journal article in the May issue of the prestigious American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In February 2004, after much anticipation, WingHaven® Orthodontics opened its doors.
In the Community
Dr. Held loves helping children. In addition to her formal educational background, she gained firsthand experience working with children ages seven to 17 over ten consecutive summers at The Harker School Summer Camp in California. During that time, she worked as a coach during the day and a houseparent in the dormitory at night.
During her free time, Dr. Held loves to spend time with her husband: watching movies, following Cardinals baseball, participating in community events, playing games, flying kites, and relaxing. She also enjoys singing, exercising, music, and collecting spoons. And, when she gets the chance, she loves to visit her family in California.