Meet the Team

 

 

Our caring and friendly staff is committed to assuring that your experience with us is as comfortable as possible. We attend annual continuing education courses in order to stay up to date on the latest advances in the field of dentistry and continue to improve our service. With our many decades of combined experience in dentistry and dental hygiene, we work as a cohesive team to provide you with a seamless and high-quality experience.

At each step of your treatment, we strive to connect you with the best dental care, explain your treatment options thoroughly, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have. We take pride in treating you like family, to make sure you receive the personalized and comprehensive care you deserve.

Julie

Julie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Office Manager

As Dr. Tourkakis’s wife, Julie has been with Eminent Dental since the practice’s inception in 1985, and worked alongside her husband as a dedicated owner, registered dental hygienist, and office manager. She received her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 1980 from University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been working in the dental field for more than 30 years. Julie’s role in the practice has shifted over the years toward her current position in office management. As Eminent Dental’s office manager, Julie continues the mission that she outlined with Dr. Tourkakis, when they founded the Arnold practice in 1985: to treat Eminent Dental patients like family. She works to provide patients with the best care available and to connect them with as many treatment and payment options as possible so they receive the personalized dental care they need to maintain good oral health for many years to come.

In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, Christine and Megan, son-in-law Ryan, and granddaughters, Clare and Emma. She loves to travel and spend time outdoors biking, boating, and hiking. Around the house, she can be found sewing, cooking, and helping Dr. Tourkakis with various home improvement projects.

Marsha
 

Marsha

Front Desk Office Administrator

Marsha joined the Eminent Dental team in 2015 as our Front Desk Office Administrator.  She brings a tremendous 35+ years of experience in the dental field, which has made her an expert at helping our patients to navigate their unique dental treatment needs.  Marsha is always happy to help our patients understand their insurance benefits, discuss treatment plans, answer billing questions, and schedule appointments.. A lifelong learner, she is constantly seeking new ways to act as a liason between patients and their insurance companies in order to connect patients with the quality care Eminent Dental provides. 

Outside of the office, Marsha and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, Emily and Levi, and chasing around after their two cocker spaniels, Barrett and Shorty.

 

 
Chrissy

Chrissy

Front Desk Office Assistant

Chrissy joined the Eminent Dental team in 2013 working behind the scenes to develop the practice’s social media and web presence. As a kid growing up in this family-run dental office, Chrissy was no stranger to the tremendous amount of love and effort her parents, Homer and Julie, poured into their dental practice. Chrissy remembers playing under the table in the staff lounge as a child during office hours, watching her dad meticulously fashion custom dentures on weekends, and working summers as a dental assistant as a young adult. She has always been inspired by her parents’ desire to serve the community they live in and provide people with honest, high-quality dental care. Chrissy loves that through her work in connecting people more closely to the Eminent Dental mission, she can demonstrate to our patients, new and old, the incredible work ethic and commitment to treating patients like family that has been part of this practice since the very beginning.

In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys spending time with her little family, which includes her husband Ryan, daughters Clare and Emma, and Wheaten Terrier, Nuala Boo, in their 70-year-old South City home. She loves film photography, craft beer, her fair city of St. Louis, exploring the outdoors, practicing Pilates, and traveling to near and far places.

Melissa

Melissa

Front Desk Office Assistant

Brandy

Brandy

Chairside Dental Assistant

Brandy joined the Eminent Dental team in 2016. She is a certified Dental Assistant with expanded functions certification in restorative and prosthodontic dental treatment.  In the past, Brandy worked as an Instructor of Dental Assisting at Missouri college for five years and has seventeen years of experience in the dental field. Her varied experience as a chairside dental assistant and an educator has given her great knowledge of the dental field, which she utilizes to connect patients with the highest quality dental care. Brandy is an enthusiastic member of our team who provides excellent chairside care to our patients, and hopes to make a positive impact on each patient's life and oral health. 

In her free time, Brandy loves to spend time with her kids, daughter Charli and son Gabe.  On the weekends, she can be found attending Charli's many dance competitions and Gabe's baseball games, or playing with the trio's sweet dogs, Mel and Maddy.

 

Tara

Tara

Chairside Dental Assistant

Tara joined the Eminent Dental team in 2016.  She is a certified Dental Assistant with six years experience in the dental field.  She works closely with Dr. Tourkakis and the rest of our team to ensure that our goals of promoting optimal dental health and exceptional patient care are our top priority.  Our patients are Tara's favorite thing about being a dental assistant. She loves working with patients, as a chairside dental assistant, to achieve their oral health goals, supporting them throughout their treatment from their initial exam with Dr. Tourkakis, through the treatment planning process and treatment, and as their dental care needs evolve into the future.

Outside the office, Tara is mom to three amazing boys, Camron, Jayden, and Dalton.  Her boys keep her busy and she loves spending time with them and family when she's not assisting our patients at the office.

 

 

Margurite

Margurite

Registered Dental Hygienist

Margurite has worked for Dr. Tourkakis since 1989 when she began her career as a dental assistant. After graduating from the accredited dental hygiene program at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in 1996, she began working at Eminent Dental as a registered dental hygienist and continues to do so today in a part-time capacity. Margurite is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association. She is certified in infiltration and block anesthesia, and nitrous oxide sedation. In particular, Margurite enjoys educating and helping her patients achieve their dental goals.

In her spare time, Margurite loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children at their home in Fenton, Missouri. She can most often be found cheering her children on from the side of the ice at their frequent hockey games.

 
Cindy

Cindy

Registered Dental Hygienist

Cindy works as one of Eminent Dental’s registered dental hygienists. She has worked in the dental field since 1987 and obtained her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the accredited program at St. Louis Community College in 1996. Cindy joined the Eminent Dental team in 2008 and strives to provide excellent preventive dental care for our patients during their routine checkups. In addition to providing quality care during these visits, Cindy makes sure each patient is well informed about proper home care to ensure they maintain a beautiful, healthy smile both in and out of the office.

Away from work, Cindy enjoys volunteering at her church, burying her nose in a good book, and cheering on her children and their sports teams.

 
Janet

Janet

Registered Dental Hygienist

Janet is a graduate of the accredited dental hygiene program at St. Louis Community College and has been working as a registered hygienist since 1992.  She is certified in infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.   Janet’s extensive experience with laser teeth whitening allows us to provide this exciting new service to you here at Eminent Dental. Janet strives to make her patients feel comfortable and more knowledgeable about their own dental health. She is a friendly, outgoing and very experienced hygienist who upholds the high quality of service that our patients have appreciated from Eminent Dental. 

Away from work, Janet is married with two adult children.  She enjoys boating, biking, visiting her son on his college campus, and spending time with her family and friends.