Meet Our Doctors



Here at Embrace Our World Orthodontics, we’ve provided the families of Saint Louis, MO with quality orthodontic care for years, with state-of-the-art treatment technology and options for patients of all ages like braces and Invisalign, so everyone can have the perfect smile they deserve. As a part of this community, our practice has built a reputation offering the best to our patients, but we wouldn’t be able to be the best without our talented team of orthodontists. Dr. Gary Shanker, Dr. Jonathan Shanker, and Dr. Brian Schlueter work as a team for one common goal - providing our patients with the highest level of orthodontic care available to create a perfect smile, every time. Together, they have decades of orthodontic experience, helping countless patients achieve a healthier smile that is built to last a lifetime. To learn more about what makes our orthodontists tick, check out their personal bios below!

Dr. Gary Shanker


Dr. Gary Shanker graduated from Washington University in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In 1968, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee, and in 1972, obtained his post-doctoral degree in orthodontics from Washington University.

Dr. Gary Shanker has served as an assistant professor of orthodontics at Washington University, where he has lectured and taught clinical orthodontics for over 15 years. In addition, his lectures have been presented to orthodontists, orthodontic graduate students and dental study groups.

Dr. Jonathan Shanker

dr-jonathan-shanker_150x200Dr. Jonathan Shanker attended Boston University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2000, he graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Jonathan graduated from a three-year residency program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in 2003 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with a Master's of Science degree. 

Dr. Brian A. Schlueter

dr-brian-schlueter_150x200Dr. Brian Schlueter graduated from Texas Christian University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In 2001, he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. After dental school, he completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency training at the David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB in California. Following three years of service in the United States Air Force Dental Corps, Dr. Schlueter obtained his Master’s of Science in Dentistry and post-graduate orthodontic training at St. Louis University in 2006. 

Schedule Your Visit & Meet The Team Today!

When you choose to Embrace Our World Orthodontics for your orthodontic care, you can be confident that the job a creating your new, perfect smile is in the most capable and experienced hands. Dr. Gary Shanker, Dr. Jonathan Shanker, and Dr. Brian Schlueter all work together to create a treatment plan that is customized just for you, to ensure that you can get the best smile while enjoying a comfortable and efficient treatment experience. If you’re ready to get started, just contact us to connect with one of our staff members who will help you schedule your first visit. Our orthodontists and staff all look forward to meeting you, and helping you achieve a better, brighter smile!