Randall Markarian was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois. Dr. Markarian was the youngest of four children to John and Anna Markarian. His two older brothers, who are both dentists in the Belleville area, paved the way for Randall to pursue a career in dentistry. After graduating from Granite City Senior High School in 1984, Randall attended Washington University in St. Louis where he was awarded a Bachelors degree in Biology in May of 1988. From, there, he went on to Southern Illinois University-School of Dental Medicine located in Alton, Illinois.
During this time, Randall received an award for outstanding research he had conducted and went to Boston for the American Dental Association meeting to present his findings. In 1992, Randall became Dr. Markarian when he received his DMD from SIU-School of Dental Medicine. A month later, Dr. Markarian began his Orthodontic residency program at St. Louis University. In June of 1994, Dr. Markarian completed the two-year program and was awarded a Master of Science in Orthodontics. Days after completing his training he opened his own office at its current location of 10 Park Place Professional Centre. Since then, Dr. Markarian expanded the office by first going to Columbia, Illinois in 2001 and O’Fallon, Illinois in 2007.
As for the personal side of Randall Markarian, he is married to Annette, and they have three beautiful children, Grace, Gabrielle, and Gillian. Randall engages in many interesting activities outside of the office. Dr. Markarian is an avid skier that never passes on the opportunity to head to Winter Park, Colorado, to enjoy the mountains. When asked about his skiing ability he said, “Well, I think I am a good skier. I am, by far, the best skier in my family.”
It seems that the love for speed does not stop with the slopes. Dr. Markarian has been seen enjoying watching and participating in various forms of motorsports. “I always wanted to be a race car driver when I was a kid,” he recalled. “I have participated in various driving schools around the country, and I hope to buy my own race car someday. Don’t tell my wife!” We won’t tell.
Another hobby, which it seems that many patients may have noticed, is that Dr. Markarian likes to play guitar. “I do keep one guitar at the office to practice every now and then,” he notes. “Right now I have 28 guitars, many of which are collectable. And I do play them quite a bit.” Dr Markarian has been in the local band, Audio Diary, for the last seven years playing at several major St. Louis clubs about once a month.
Dr. Markarian is also very active in giving his time and money to many worthy causes in the area. Currently, Dr. Markarian is the chairman of the St. Louis area chapter of the Smiles Change Lives charity that provides necessary orthodontic treatments to underprivileged patients that otherwise would not receive them. He is also very active in the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society where he has been president of the local society (St. Clair District Dental Society) and a Delegate to the ISDS annual meeting.