Meet Dr. Walter James Palmer DDS, the MN dentist who killed the iconic lion, Cecil, who was known for his gentle demeanor with humans.

From Palmer’s website:


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“Dr. Palmer is married with two children. He is a North Dakotan and enjoys all outdoor activities. Anything allowing him to stay active and observe and photograph wildlife is where you will find Dr. Palmer when he not in the office.

Dr. Walter Palmer DDS is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist. Graduating with honors from the University of Minnesota, he went on to complete Dental School there, graduating in 1987.

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He also attended a two year program at the Waldormar Brehm Institute of Orthodontics and stays on top of the latest trends with post-graduate training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Dr. Palmer has a unique talent for creating dazzling smiles that complement each individuals tooth structure, skin tone, and facial attributes. One very important aspect of achieving this is taking the time to really listen and hear exactly what the patient wants in their smile and any specific concerns they may have. A comprehensive patient consult is free of charge.

At River Bluff Dental’s state-of-the-art practice in West Bloomington, Dr. Palmer provides the most current “high tech” full service general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry services.

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Dr. Palmer is highly skilled at designing CEREC Cad/Cam “single appointment” porcelain crowns and restorations. River Bluff Dental is also one of the few general dentistry offices to utilize the Sirona Galileos 3D digital scan. Beyond the ability to detect many dental concerns, this technology allows us to have a three dimensional view of the jaw and bone density, taking out the guess work in implant placement.

You may have seen him in the Mpls St. Paul magazine, which named him one of the area’s top Dentists, or in New Beauty Magazine, a national publication focusing on cosmetic procedures.”

Palmer’s dental business is located at 10851 Rhode Island Ave, S. Bloomington, MN 55438 952-884-5361, and currently, his office phone rings busy and his website is down.