Our team provides first-rate care with a friendly smile and attitude. Most team members have been with
Dr. First since she opened her practice. In fact, the average tenure is more than 18 years!
Deena has been with Dr. First since 1995. She is an honors graduate of St. Louis Community College and holds a certificate of Specialization in Dental Assisting and a Certificate of Competency for Expanded Functions in dental anatomy and morphology, placement of restorative materials, and fixed and removable prosthetics. She is also a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. Married with two grown children, Deena likes spending time with family and friends and working in her yard
and expanding her vinyl business!
Her relationships with staff and patients are the
best things about her career and she enjoys
helping patients "love their Smile!"
Joyce has been working in the field of dentistry since 1976. She has been with Dr. First since 1995. She holds Certificates of Competency for Expanded Functions in placement of restorative material and for dental anatomy & morphology. Joyce is married with two adult children and 3 grandsons. Free time will find her reading, walking, and spending time with family. She loves the people at work and getting to know her patients.
Patti has been a dental assistant since 1985. She has worked in several specialty offices. She has been working with Dr. First since 2009.Patti is married with two children. Patti and her family love to go boating, bike riding and spending time together. She enjoys explaining to patients how to care for their teeth and their smile.
Mary Jo has over 35 years of dental experience. She holds a Certificate in Dental Assisting and a Certificate of Competency for dental anatomy & morphology, in addition to a Certificate of Expanded Functions in placement of restorative materials and fixed & removable prosthetics. Mary Jo has two adult sons and a granddaughter. She spends a lot of time with her granddaughter. She enjoys boating, reading, and attending Cardinal’s games with her family. She appreciates the comfortable atmosphere at our office and loves the wonderful patients she has met throughout her career.
Marilyn earned an associate’s degree in dental hygiene in 1973 and has been a member of this office for most of those years. A member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Hygienists’ Association, she enjoys gardening, sewing, and spending time with her two adult sons and friends. Marilyn truly
likes the people she works with, and she loves helping
patients maintain a healthy mouth.
Christa has an associate’s degree in dental hygiene and has been working for Dr. First since 1990. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Hygienists Association. Married with two boys, she lists reading and computers as some of her main interests. Christa loves the group of people she works with and feels they are like family. Meeting new people and helping our patients achieve optimal
oral health are what she likes most about her job.
Gail is a registered hygienist with an associate’s degree and has been working in the field of dentistry since 1990. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Hygienists’ Association. Married with four children, Gail reads for enjoyment.
She loves meeting the variety of new people
who are patients at our office.