Meet The Team

Dr. Raymond G. Nikodem, DDS

My whole life I grew up around dentistry. My father was an orthodontist in South County for over 30 years. My cousin is an endodontist (root canal specialist) in North County, and my three brothers are also dentists.

Because many of my father's friends were also dentists, I was surrounded by discussions of dentistry, which interested me so much I couldn't wait for the next time I could visit one of their practices just to watch how they worked. Needless to say, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to become a dentist.

Dentistry remains my passion. I feel my passion is reflected in my work and in how I treat my patients. I have been given a great gift, and I want to share that gift with others. I ask all my associates at Nikodem Dental Care, P.C., to celebrate my mission statement to be "Men and Women for Others."

If you are in need of dental care, please give us a call at Nikodem Dental, P.C. We understand that a visit to the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience, and my associates and I do everything in our power to see that every visit to our office is as pleasant as possible.

A friendly front-desk associate at Nikodem Dental Care, P.C. is waiting to hear from you. Please call us today at (314) 892-2000 - South, (314) 731-7555 - North, (636) 337-2120 -Warrenton, MO or 1(800) 433-6887, St Louis, MO (314) 487-1515.

Dr. Raymond G. Nikodem:

  • Grew up in South County, St Louis in Assumption Parish.
  • Graduated from Assumption Grade School, 1976.
  • Graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School, 1980.
  • Was first team Missouri All-State soccer player, 1979.
  • Graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE, 1987.

Creighton Dentist Owner of Kentucky Derby Entry

Creighton alumnus Ray Nikodem, DDS '87, a dentist in St. Louis, is part owner of a racehorse that competed in the 2006 Kentucky Derby - Flashy Bull. He won the money to purchase a stake in the gray-colored thoroughbred while wagering on the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

He won $67,000 ($49,000, after taxes) with a $230 long shot trifecta bet. He picked Giacomo (50-1 odds) to win, Closing Argument (70-1 odds) to come in second and the rest of the field to show. Nikodem and his wife, Lisa, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to watch the 2006 Derby.

Flashy Bull, a late entry into the Derby (40-1 odds), finished 14th in the twenty-horse field.

Nikodem said having a horse in the Kentucky Derby was an incredible experience, especially because of the Derby's tradition of allowing owners to join the trainers in the barn area, and then walking your horse over to the paddock for the race.

"I don't know what was more thrilling - being in the barn and hearing, 'Horsemen, bring your horses over for the Kentucky Derby' on the P.A. system, or walking Flashy Bull over to the paddock in front of 150,000 cheering people," he said.

Dr. James S. Winfield, DDS

Dr. Winfield graduated from the School of Dentistry of the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1979. He has 25 years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Winfield practices dentistry in the denture department at Nikodem Dental Care, P.C., where he has been an associate since 1992.

While dentures may be a difficult decision for some people, Dr. Winfield exercises extreme care and compassion during this transition period from natural teeth to dentures. He has perfected the art of the "same-day denture" thanks to his many years of experience.

Dr. Winfield's patients have affectionately nicknamed him "Blue Eyes."

Dr. Winfield practices dentistry at Nikodem Dental South County, St Louis.

Dr. Menaka Chandra

Dr. Chandra graduated from Creighton University Dental School located in Omaha, Nebraska in 2002. Upon completion of her degree she also finished a one year General Practice Residency here in St. Louis and has been in practice ever since. "I truly enjoy getting to know each of my patients. Treating my patients the same way I would any family member sitting in the dental chair is a standard I like to hold myself to. I always want my patients to feel comfortable and confident that they are in good hands when they are under my care". Dr. Chandra is happily married with 3 sons and a daughter on the way. "They all bring such joy to my life and keep me extremely busy, but I welcome the challenge!" Dr. Chandra works in both the General Dentistry and Denture/Partial Departments at the Hazelwood location.

Dr. Jerry Hill DMD

Dr. Jerry Hill works in the General Dentistry and Denture/Partial Departments at Nikodem Dental in South St. Louis County. After growing up in Fenton, he graduated from SIUE dental school in 2001. When Dr. Hill is not in the dental office he can often been found spending time with his wife and two children or out in the wilderness hunting. When you ask Dr. Hill what is his favorite thing about dentistry he will answer, "I like helping people regain their smile"

Dr. Lucas Meyer DMD

Dr. Meyer grew up in Belleville Illinois. What Dr. Meyer loves most about dentistry is alleviating tooth pain and improving smiles! Dr. Meyer graduated from SIUE Dental School and is an active member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. When he goes home at the end of the day his wife and three children meet him at the door.  Dr. Meyer works in our General Dentistry and Denture/Partial Departments at Nikodem Dental Warrenton and Nikodem Dental in South St. Louis County.

Dr. Smardo

Dr. Smardo attended the University of Kansas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She then completed her dental education at the University of Louisville where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine and graduated with honors.

Dr. Smardo genuinely enjoys getting to know her patients and building relationships to provide a comfortable environment.  She is a member of the American Dental Association and enjoys attending dental conferences and other continuing education opportunities. She was highly active in the American Student Dental Association throughout dental school and served as president of her chapter during her final year in school. Although Dr. Smardo grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she has family and friends living in the St. Louis area and loves the Cardinals!  During her free time she enjoys traveling, playing the flute and scrapbooking. Dr. Smardo is very excited to practice dentistry in St. Louis and join Nikodem Dental!

“My favorite aspect of dentistry is working close with a patient throughout treatment and finally reaching the end result! It’s amazing to see how dental care can not only improve a patient’s smile and well-being, but also their confidence and outlook on life”

Dr. David Cook DMD

Dr. Cook was born in Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg Dental School. Upon graduation, he served four years as a dentist in The United States Air Force. Throughout his service he was stationed in Korea, Thailand, and Spain. After serving in the military, Dr. Cook had a General Practice in Chicago for 25 years. Dr. Cook used to play and now enjoys watching baseball and in 1993 he was a finalist in the National Long Ball golf contest. In 2009 Dr. Cook moved to Springfield and is the happy father/guardian to three dogs and one cat.

Dr. Cliff McConnell DMD

Dr. McConnell was born in Belleville, Illinois and later graduated from Mascoutah High School. He attended Southern Illinois University graduating with a degree in dentistry. Dr. McConnell’s favorite part of dentistry is crown and bridge restorative work, helping patients get a beautiful smile. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, hiking, and nature photography.

Erik Grant, D.D.S.

Erik Grant, D.D.S., graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with honors in Restorative Dentistry. He spent his first years of practice in central Kansas and is excited to return to Saint Louis! He is committed to providing his home town with comprehensive, excellent, and pain free dentistry. He enjoys getting to know his patients and working together with them to provide the best treatment possible.

Dr. Grant is a member of The Christian Medical and Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Grant likes to spend time with his beautiful wife, Callie, and three little ones, Caris, Emma, and Ezra. He enjoys the outdoors, exercising, dental missions, and investing in his local church. Most of all he loves Jesus Christ and seeks to love others as he has been loved. John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."