Dentist in Southern Maryland

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.


Dr. J. Eric Wilhelm, DDS, PC.

A graduate of Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dr. J. Eric Wilhelm joined his father’s practice in 1989. A third-generation Wilhelm dentist. Dr. Eric maintains the strong foundation of the past, as well as incorporating the latest advancements in dental technology. Dr. Eric is pleased to have the opportunity to provide top level dentistry for his patients and looks forward to meeting you in person. A life-long La Plata resident, Dr. Eric and his wife, Erica have two active young sons who keep them very busy when not in the office.


Dr. John Wilhem, DDS.

After obtaining his degree from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dr. John C. Wilhelm began practicing dentistry in 1962. He joined Dr. I.M. Blue who founded the practice in 1955 in La Plata. Dr. Blue retired in 1972, and Dr. Wilhelm took over the practice and has continued to serve the dental needs of a growing La Plata and Charles County through today. Knowledgeable and experienced, Dr. John continues to treat patients alongside his son. Both doctors enjoy working together—blending the past and present—to complete a varied group of dental professionals. Dr. John Wilhelm lives in La Plata, is married and has three adult children.


Shawn Butler

Shawn, a Charles County native, joined our practice in 1995. A multi-talented team member; she may be seen in the operatory assisting the doctors, or working with daily challenges on our computers. Shawn is x-ray certified and continues her education with frequent dental classes.



With 27 years of hygiene experience, Marie has been with the Wilhelm Dental Group for 9 years.  She received her BSDH from Marquette University and has experience in both general and periodontal practices.

She enjoys a holistic approach to providing treatment and educating patients of all ages.

Married, she is the mother of three, a pianist, hails from Cleveland and love the Green Bay Packers.



A lifetime resident of Charles County had been with the practice for 13 years.  She may be seen in the operatory assisting the doctors.  Cherie enjoys her profession and is eager to help patients with all aspects of their dental needs.  She continues her education with monthly dental classes.



Ginger, a native of New England has been with the practice for 11 years.

She enjoys assisting the doctors and making the patients feel at ease and informed.  She is expanding her knowledge of the dental field through continuing education classes.