Our most experienced hygienist, Carrie Nolan, has 21 years of trusted practice behind her reputable name. Originally from the Grafton, IL area, she studied dental assisting and hygiene at Clark Community College in Godfrey. She went to work in Ballwin, MO for 10 years and has been an indispensable teammate at Legacy Dental Care since 2010.
Personally, Carrie excels as a wife and mother. She is married to her husband, Tim, and has two children, Caleb and Kinley. Tim and Caleb are both diesel mechanics and part-time farmers while Kinley loves gymnastics. As a family, they live for being outdoors. Stories of 4-wheel races, barrel races, and weekend trips to the farm are all staples when conversing with Carrie.
Kindness and familiarity are two great ways to describe your experience with our beloved Carrie. Her extensive knowledge and skill set combined with her ability to make you feel at home are what make her such a key member of our team and family.
The newest edition to our hygiene team, Vanessa Rojas has been an incredible match for our practice since January 2021. Graduating in 2020 from St. Louis Community College, Vanessa was rated one of the top clinicians in her class. Since joining us, she has been combining the extensive training from her educational program with the long-term expertise of her mentoring hygienists, Carrie and Amy.
Vanessa is a first-generation Mexican American who was raised in the small town of Purdy, MO. She married her high school sweetheart, Chris, a mechanical engineer, and has two twin boys, Manny and Mikey. Her family loves spending time together and being outdoors and exploring. She is an amazing cook and baker and is always bestowing us with delicious sweet and savory Hispanic foods for us to try and enjoy.
Another priceless asset of Vanessa is that she is bilingual. Many of our Spanish-speaking patients have enjoyed and/or been comforted by her ability to communicate with them in their native language. Her ever-expanding skill set, gentle deposition, and budding confidence are just some of the traits we have seen that make us confident she will be a long-term asset to our team.
Our hygienist, Amy Perkins-Strawn, has been an integral part of our team since 2011. She has been practicing since 2009 after completing an associate degree in dental hygiene from Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO. After graduating at the top of her class and receiving the Missouri Dental Hygiene Association Most Outstanding Graduating Student Award, she practiced just over a year in Sullivan, MO before joining the Legacy Dental Care family.
Amy is a native of St. Louis, residing in Valley Park, MO with her husband, Brian, and their three daughters, Charley, Charlotte, and Riley. Her hobbies outside of work include working out daily, coaching her daughter's softball team, and watching her husband play drums in two local tribute bands.
Vast knowledge and experience in the dental field are just a few qualities you will receive when being treated by Amy. Her gentle yet thorough techniques will have you leaving the office feeling squeaky clean. And her warm and personable personality will make you feel like a friend or family member.