Dr. Ehlert grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin, the youngest child of a secretary and elementary school teacher. She decided to become a doctor at age 8. She was valedictorian of her 450-member high school class and graduated with honors in three years from Northwestern University.

Dr. Ehlert returned to Wisconsin for medical school and was drawn to Facial Plastic Surgery because of her love of fine handwork and as a way to help people maintain confidence at every stage of life. As a pre-requisite to training in Facial Plastic Surgery she completed a residency and Board Certification in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She was among an elite few selected each year for training as a Facial Plastic Surgeon and moved to St. Louis to complete her Fellowship at Washington University. She entered practice in 1990 and achieved certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1994. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored several chapters in textbooks of facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Ehlert is consistently named a “Best Doctor” by her peers in St. Louis Magazine.

Dr. Ehlert is married to Don Arnold, MD and has three children. As a working mother Dr. Ehlert understands how difficult it can be to juggle the many commitments of career and family. She appreciates and very much enjoys the ongoing relationships she has with her patients, some of whom she has seen regularly for more than 20 years!

Tamara Ehlert, MD – Educational and Professional Background

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1976-79, BA Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa

University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI 1979-83, MD
With study at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Surgical Internship, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1983-84

Residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery – Medical Center Hospital of VT and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH 1984-88
New England Resident Research Award, 1987
Chief Resident, 1988

Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Washington University Medical School/Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO 1988-89

Board Certifications

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1994
American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, 1988

Pertinent Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Fellow
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery – Fellow
American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery – Fellow
Missouri State Medical Association – Member
St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society – Member

Hospital Affiliations:

Dr. Ehlert entered practice in 1990 and served on the Clinical Faculty at Washington University from 1990-2009

Personal Interests

Dr. Ehlert is active in many church, school and service organizations in St. Louis and  other parts of the world community. She is an avid fan of Cardinal Baseball. Dr. Ehlert enjoys time with her family, travel, photography, reading and gardening.

She is grateful to Jesus Christ her savior and strives to honor him with all she does.