James E. Lenahan, D.D.S.
Dr. Lenahan has provided care to children in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years. He attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he met his lovely wife, Jean. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he received the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society award.
After dental school, he served in the United States Army Corps treating the POW’s returning from Vietnam as well as service men, families and children at Valley Forge General Hospital. He also served at Ft. McPherson, Georgia and Fort Gilliam. He moved back to Kansas City, the City of Fountains, to train in pediatric dentistry at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry and completed his residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Lenahan was born and raised in the St. Louis area and returned here to enter private practice and also supervised students providing treatment to special needs patients served by the Washington University Mobile Elks Van. In St. Louis, Dr. Lenahan was elected to the Pierre Fuchard Academy and served as editor of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society Bulletien and a past chairman of Children’s Dental Health Mont activities in St. Louis. He has been an alternate delegate to the Missouri Dental Associaiton and was trained as a National Dental Spokesman by the American Dental Association.
Many hours of continuing education have been taken especially in Oral Pathology and training supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in orthodontics and growth and development. Dr. Lenahan is currently on the staff of Cardinal Glennon Memorial Children’s Hospital and St. Anthony’s Medical Center.
Outside interests are varied including stain glass artwork and teaching scuba diving and hyperbaric courses. He has completed the Police Academy and serves as a Reserve officer and instructor for a local municipality. He also has training in aviation both in airplanes, gliders, power parachutes and helicopters. He and his wife, Jean, have three grown children: Brad, Scott and Megan.
Dr. Lenahan belongs to numerous professional dental associations, including the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater St. Louis Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Greater St. Louis Pediatric Dental Society and the Meramec Valley Dental Study Club.
Dr. Lenahan looks forward to years of practice with his daughter, Dr. Megan Lenahan.
Megan E. Lenahan, D.D.S., M.D.S
Dr. Megan, a St. Louis native, has grown up with this practice. She attended Truman State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health, where “Ms. Megan” taught pre-school aged children. When it came time to decide a future, the choice was easy: the health of growing children. She graduated summa cum laude from both Truman State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Megan was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. She then moved to Memphis to attend a two year pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. As a resident, she received extensive training in trauma call, oral sedation, dental care under general anesthesia, and treating medically compromised children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Growing up with a pediatric dentist for a father, Dr. Megan knew that pediatric dentistry was the road for her. She has been a part of the practice since middle school, starting with filing charts and stuffing envelopes, progressing to working as a part-time dental assistant, and is excited to work alongside her father providing dental care. She is proud to have a rich foundation in dental health care.
She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Greater St. Louis Dental Association.
Dr. Megan is excited to finally be back home—to the land of Cardinal Baseball. She loves the Cards, reading, camping, and spending time with friends and her two small dogs, Hoss and Dexter.
Carole - Clinical Manager
Carole joined our team in 1990, and since then has the “go-to” person for our clinic. If there’s a question about supplies, equipment, or dogs, she’s got the answer. She is certified in Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Analgesia, Basic Life Support and CPR. She has Expanded Functions certifications and has completed training for Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia. In addition to working with patients in the office, Carole also assists the doctors in same-day surgeries in the hospital. Carole enjoys working with her patients and spending time with her family. Her favorite animal other than dogs? Giraffes, of course, and monkeys are a distant third.
Patricia - Pediatric Dental Assistant
Patricia has been a part of our clinical team since June 2012. She received her Dental Assisting education from Advantages Dental Careers in 2001. She is certified in Coronal Polishing, Pit and Fissure sealant placement, Nitrous Oxide monitoring, CPR training, and completed training for Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia. Patricia also assists the doctors in same-day surgeries in St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Patricia spends her time with her family, and spends her summers in Tahiti wrestling alligators and searching for the perfect guacamole recipe (part of this statement may not be entirely true).
Shelby - Pediatric Dental Assistant
Shelby has been a part of the team since July 2013. She is the self-appointed employee of the month for 12 months straight. She graduated from Allied college of Health Careers in 2009 and was then hired by the office where she performed her externship. Shelby is CPR Certified, and has completed training in Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia. She has been working with children and persons with special needs since she was 14 years old. Shelby has been a great member of the team, and spends her free time raising her handsome son Brayden. The one thing Shelby can’t live without? Glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.
Rachael - Pediatric Dental Assistant
Rachael is the newest member of our team! She graduated with honors from Anthem College in 2010, as a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She has been working with children, in pediatric dentistry, since 2011. Rachael is CPR certified, and is has a certification in Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia. When not with us in the office, Rachael enjoys being a dance/sports mom, running 5ks, and spending time with her amazing family. When not doing that, check out Comic-Con-you may find her there volunteering or “geeking out” with celebrities.
Lisa - Administrator
Lisa has worked in the dental field since 1984. She has worked with our team since 1990 as a Business Administrator. Lisa is the end-all-and be-all insurance guru for us. She attended Southeast Missouri State University. Lisa submits insurance claims, makes financial arrangements, and coordinates surgical cases for the doctors. We can’t live without her. She enjoys gardening, baseball, country music, and spending time with family and friends. Lisa swears that this time next year she’ll have a dozen chickens and pigs. For real. I’m serious.
Michelle - Administrator
Michelle has worked for Dr. Lenahan since 1990. She was a clinical assistant the first five years, then moved to the business side as a Business Administrator. She is certified in Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Analgesia and is a certified Dental Assistant. Michelle can assist you with making appointments and with insurance and financial questions. Michelle enjoys NASCAR and camping on the Black River with her husband and her darling puppy, Pixie. Michelle’s bucket list includes keeping a tulip alive for more than one season. Thus far it has been eluding her.
Emilee - Administrator
Emilee began her career in dentistry in 2011 in Springfield, Mo. She moved to St. Louis to be closer to her family and joined our front desk. If you call, there’s a good chance you’ll be chatting with Emilee—feel free to ask her about her favorite movie, Sharknado. Emilee enjoys spending time with her daughter, Shaylee, going to movies and watching live music… and of course, Sharknado.
Jean - Corporate Secretary
Jean Lenahan is Dr. James Lenahan’s wife, and has been involved with the practice since it opened in 1977. Jean attended the University of Missouri at St. Louis and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Louis University, and worked in many areas of nursing for about 20 years. Over the years, she has been involved in many aspects of the practice. She handles payroll and pays the bills. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and stamping. She is very happy about working with her husband and daughter. She thinks Megan is a constant source of ideas, inspiration, and kids and parents love her. (But she has to think that, she’s her mom…)
Photos taken by Erin Holthouse Photography