Dr. Louise First

Dr. Louise First

Meet the Doctor

Dr First graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. She also has a residency from SIU in implant dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. First received numerous awards, including the Removable Prosthodontics Award, Pierre Fauchard Academy Award and was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society.

A past President of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, Dr. First sits on the American Dental Association's Committee on Dental Education and Licensure. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. First is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. She is on the Peer Review Committee for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society as well as a delegate from St. Louis to the Missouri House of Delegates. Dr. First also sees patients from Donated Dental Services of Missouri.

In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, golfing and playing with her granddaughter.

Meet Our Caring Team

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Dental Hygienist

Gail is a Registered Dental Hygienist with an associate degree and has been working in the field of Dentistry since 1988. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Hygienists Association. Gail enjoys hiking and being outdoors and spending time with her family. She loves helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

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Dental Hygienist

In 1994, Linda earned her associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Linda joined Dr. First in 2017. She has mostly worked in general dental practices but has experience in a periodontal practice. Linda is married with 2 daughters. She enjoys vacationing with her family. In her free time, Linda is passionate about volunteering for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. As a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Linda, and her family want to raise awareness of CPR and AEDs.

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Dental Hygienist

Christa has an associate 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.

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Mary Jo

Receptionist/Dental Assistant

Mary Jo has over 40 years of dental experience. She holds a Certificate in Dental Assisting and a Certificate of Competency for Dental Anatomy and Morphology, in addition to a Certificate of Expanded Functions in Placement of Restorative Materials and Fixed and Removable Prosthetics. Mary Jo has two married sons and two grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with. She enjoys traveling, reading and attending Cardinal baseball games. She appreciates the comfortable atmosphere at our office and loves the wonderful patients she has met throughout her career.

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Receptionist/Dental Assistant

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.

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Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

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!"

Our Dental Philosophy

Personal Relationships

Our favorite thing about the work we do is the close-knit bond we build with our patients. We truly love the opportunity we have to serve you and your family through the years and to be a part of improving your health and your life. We love getting to know you, and we enjoy hearing about everything going on in your life! You'll feel like family here because to us, you are!

Passion for Dentistry

Why is Dr. First a dentist? Because she loves dentistry! Her passion is evident in the high-quality care she delivers and the kind, personal way she interacts with her patients. She is always striving for excellence and seeks daily to better herself so she can better treat you. You won't find another dentist around that's more dedicated and more passionate about improving your smile than Dr. First.

Dental Excellence

Dr. First began working in the dental field at this practice when she was 19 years old. Since then, she has received the skills, training and experience to deliver the highest standard of excellence. Not only does she deliver every service with careful expertise and superior results, she is also kind, caring and dedicated to always doing what's best for you. She aims for excellence and proudly delivers.

Comfortable Environment

We want you to be comfortable with the treatment you receive and be comfortable while receiving treatment. Our compassionate team strives to create a clean and calming environment at our practice to help you feel at ease. We are friendly, helpful and fun! We work hard to make your visit with us one of the best around.

On-Time Appointments

We understand that your life is busy and your time is valuable. Because we respect you and value your time, we make every possible effort to maintain on-time appointments. We promise to never double book or leave you unattended in the waiting room. We are ready and available to assist with any need.

Lasting Results

Did your insurance provider or previous dentist recommend a quick, cheap fix for your care that didn't solve the actual problem? We don't do that here! Our number one goal in every treatment is to deliver customized care with results that last for the rest of your life! We take our time when diagnosing your dental condition, and we will carefully review all your treatment options until we find the best solution to meet your individual needs. We deliver lasting results we proudly stand behind.

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If you value these qualities in a dentist, call us today! We’re passionate about your smile and passionate about helping you achieve optimal health!

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