Meet the Team at Stanford Dental

Dentist in Manchester, MO

Welcome to Stanford Dental! We would love for your family to join our Manchester dental family, where Dr. Stanford and his team are passionate about dentistry! 

As a health-centered practice, we understand how oral health relates to your overall health and well being, so we are honored to be part of your family’s health care team.

Take a moment to get to know us and learn more about our team here so you feel right at home when you visit us for the first time.

Dr. James Stanford

Dr. Stanford has been serving St. Louis smiles since beginning his practice in 1985. He and his wife have enjoyed the benefits of raising their four daughters here in the Midwest.

Dr. Stanford graduated from Carrolton High School in Carrolton, MO, in 1977 before receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology from Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He then graduated dental school in the top 10% of his class at UMKC dental school in 1985 and moved to St. Louis to start his practice upon graduation.

Dr. Stanford is committed to offering excellent dental service by investing in continuing education and new technologies. He strives to stay updated on the changing dental environment.

Dr. Stanford and his staff also enjoy giving back to the community. All the proceeds from his competition BBQ Team (Chomper’s) are given to One Heart Ministries. 

Professional Associations:

  • The Greater St. Louis Dental Society
  • The Missouri Dental Society
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: The Hill

Favorite Quote: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”



Lauren graduated from Missouri College in 2010 and has been with Stanford Dental for over 15 years. As a dental hygienist, she tries to always put a smile on your face.

She enjoys working with our Manchester dental team and patients because of the feeling of family between everyone. To Lauren, her patients are like family, and family is everything. She is extremely passionate about guiding her patients to be the healthiest versions of themselves, and she wants to be there every step of the way.

Lauren has three beautiful kids, ages 9, 4 and a newborn! In her spare time, Lauren enjoys baking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: The Saint Louis Science Center

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”



Renee has been a dental hygienist at Stanford Dental since February 2020, and she loves the people she works with and the patients she’s meeting! 

Renee graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College and strives to stay up to date on the latest dental technology through continuing education courses; with these courses, she is better able to treat and educate her patients about good oral health.

Renee is originally from Waterloo, IL where she met her husband, Jake. In their free time they enjoy going hiking with their dog, Lou who is a year-old black lab. They also have a gray Tabby named Mickey who is two years old.

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: Cardinals baseball

Favorite St. Louis Restaurant: Twisted Ranch 


Dental Assistant

Kelsey serves as Dr. James Stanford’s dental assistant. She completed her certification in dental assisting from Missouri College and is certified in infection control. She enjoys making patients comfortable and seeing them leave happy with a complete and healthy smile.

In her spare time, she teaches dance and loves to spend time with her Husband and dogs.

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: Busch Stadium

Favorite Quote: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present.”



Ema is our Treatment Coordinator, who loves helping our patients get the dental services they need. She was previously a pharmacy tech, but switched over to dental when she joined our team. She is originally from Morse Mill, MO but now lives in Grubville with her husband, Brendan, and their daughter, Audrey Grace who is almost 2! In the summertime, they love being outdoors with their 3 year old redbone named Hank. Ema loves cooking, listening to music, and watching Alabama Crimson Tide Football. She is a very optimistic person and always has a smile on her face. Come and meet Ema today!

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: Coming Soon

Favorite St. Louis Restaurant: Coming Soon


Marketing Manager

Ashley works behind the scenes as Dr. James Stanford’s marketing manager while staying at home with her children. She has a degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec and enjoys showing the fun side of dentistry through Stanford Dental’s social media pages.

She says, “I love seeing people’s reactions to our office’s social media posts. I also love the fun that we have together as a staff and that it also brings smiles to our patients’ faces.”

When she’s not at the office, she can be found spending time with her husband and four kids. They are actively involved with their church, The Journey Tower Grove, and the kids’ ministry. She also enjoys any type of competition.

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: The Arch

Favorite Quote: “There’s always darkness before the sun rises.”



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Meet Erin, our amazing appointment coordinator at Stanford Dental. Bio to Come!

Favorite St. Louis Attraction: Coming Soon

Favorite St. Louis Restaurant: Coming Soon