Meet Dr. Rachel Appelblatt
Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Meet Dr. Appelblatt
Dr. Appelblatt grew up not far from here, in the Sacramento Valley. Her love of the Tahoe area grew out of numerous family trips to the Lake, where she developed an early passion for hiking, backpacking and trail running. After earning her BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, she returned to Lake Tahoe to work as a biologist with the Forest Service, monitoring amphibians and reptiles and their habitats throughout the Lake Tahoe basin. During this time, Rachel met Darren, a fellow Forest Service employee and outdoor enthusiast. They fell in love over long backpacking trips through the Desolation Wilderness and would later return to Lake Tahoe for their wedding.
After her time with the Forest Service, she began to pursue her interest in dentistry by working with an oral surgeon in Sacramento. Building on the experience she gained in that practice, she applied to dental schools with the intent of becoming an oral surgeon.
In 2009, Dr. Appelblatt graduated from the University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and immediately began her 6 year dual-degree residency program at New York University. At NYU, Dr. Appelblatt obtained her M.D. and gained impressive surgical skills including in-depth training in dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, outpatient pediatric anesthesia, and facial cosmetics. Her time at New York’s Bellevue hospital also allowed her to gain extensive experience working with highly anxious and medically complex patients.
Dr. Rachel Appelblatt joined Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center in July of 2015. She lives in South Lake Tahoe with her husband Darren, son Ryder, daughter Madelynne, and dog Baxter. She loves living in Lake Tahoe and enjoys all the outdoor opportunities that the area has to offer.