MEET Dr. Amanda Darling
"Come as a patient, leave as a friend" is a commonly used phrase and personal philosophy of Dr. Amanda Darling that completely summarizes our practice, Legacy Dental Care. With over thirty years of reputable dental care experience, continued and rigorous clinical skill growth, and advancements in technological practices, the quality of care you will receive will leave you feeling like more than "just a patient:" You will feel like family.
Born and raised in Southern Mississippi, Dr. Darling was unique in that she knew from a young age that she was going to be a dentist when she grew up. Not in the way that most of us want to be an astronaut or fireman; she knew this was her calling. Diligently, she planned and prepared for college, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi at an expeditious pace, and was awarded acceptance into the Louisiana State University Dental School in New Orleans. By the young age of 25, she had completed her goal and was ready to take on the world.
Her dental career began right here in St. Louis, MO where she practiced as an associate dentist for four years. Ready for a bigger challenge and another level of service, she accepted a position in the National Health Service Corps and relocated to Arkansas where she was the Dental Director of a community health center. During her time there, she found not only professional success but personal. Having met her husband, RJ, years before in St. Louis, they crossed paths again while both living in Little Rock. This time, fate had different plans. Within a year, they were married and prepared for a life of adventures together.
With her aspirations of becoming a dentist and finding the perfect partner in life completed, her next dream was to become a successful business owner. However, as RJ's career advanced, the timing was just not ideal for the two of them. Dr. Darling continued working as an associate dentist in Dallas, TX and Denver, CO as they chased RJ's dream job together. In 2008, fate stepped in yet again and provided RJ with the opportunity to work remotely, giving Dr. Darling the chance to settle and purchase her own practice. They researched and discussed their options thoroughly. A practice in Castle Rock, CO with majestic views or a well-established, long-time practice in Ballwin, MO. Having met in St. Louis and started their careers there, they decided to follow the call home, and Legacy Dental Care came to fruition!
Dr. Darling and RJ currently reside in Wildwood, MO and enjoy the company of their three dogs, cat, and their pet squirrels. They are well-known in their community for being generous, friendly neighbors.
When we say "come as a patient, leave as a friend," we truly mean that. Not only will you receive comprehensive evaluations and explanations of your treatment, top-notch skills, and quality of dental care, but you may even get a recipe for Dr. Darling's amazing shrimp and sausage gumbo, a good laugh, or a warm hug and an open ear when life goes astray. Her reputation speaks for itself both professionally and personally.
"Great staff and they have all the latest technology and processes to make dental care as advanced as can be. Friendly, professional and good people. They keep me smiling. 😃"
"New patient at Legacy Dental and I couldn’t be more pleased! Vanessa, my dental hygienist provided the most gentle yet effective cleaning I’ve had in years and Dr. Darling was very kind, approachable and thorough as she went over the status of previous dental work and the health of my mouth. I highly recommend their office for dental care!"
"I’ve reviewed previously and my opinion has not changed. Legacy Dental is a relaxed environment and does not have the same stigma as other dentists may have. I always feel welcome and well-informed about what is happening with my dental care. The staff is always friendly and takes time to answer any questions I will continue to go to this practice for the foreseeable future."
"Dr. Darling and the staff at Legacy Dental Care are fantastic! They are friendly and helpful people! The exam and cleaning were extremely thorough. I love that they are so organized and give a lot of communication about upcoming appointments, etc. I always feel like they are on top of things."
"Dr. Darling and her staff are all very friendly and make me feel they are happy to see me!"