MDA Outstanding New Dental Leader, Dr. Megan Lenahan

Megan LenahanDr. Megan Lenahan, a pediatric dentist in St. Louis, has been named the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) Outstanding New Dental Leader. 

The Outstanding New Dental Leader award is designed to recognize a member of the MDA who has been in practice 10 years or fewer and has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, professional and ethical conduct, and volunteer activities in their community and organized dentistry. 

Dr. Lenahan is especially recognized for her new dentist leadership and volunteer activities within the dental profession, deeming her a rising star among her peers and within the Association. 

Dr. Lenahan has been on the MDA New Dentist Committee since 2015 and in 2019-20 served as its chair. From 2015-2017, she was the New Dentist Representative to the MDA Board of Trustees. She also has served locally on the Greater St. Louis Dental Society New Dentist Committee and as its chair in 2020; in addition, she is the current second vice president on the Society’s Board of Directors. As a part of her new dentist leadership activities, Dr. Lenahan has consistently been a speaker at dental school events, sharing her expertise to help students prepare to transition as a practicing dentist. She also has been instrumental in new dentist events at the state level, helping to develop and implement the MDA Connect4Success annual meeting which features a strong emphasis on continuing education and activities for new dentists. 

In addition to her fulltime pediatric practice, Dr. Lenahan works each month at Compass Health Center, a nonprofit healthcare organization. Since 2015 she has been a member of the Missouri Emergency Response Identification Team, and assists with dental forensics identification for the St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. 

Dr. Lenahan is a second-generation dentist and after completion of her dental degrees, joined her father, Dr. James Lenahan, in practice at Lenahan Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in St. Louis. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Truman State University, Kirksville. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2011 and her Masters of Dental Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2013. Currently she is enrolled in a Forensic Dentistry Fellowship Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Graduate Medical School. 

Dr. Lenahan and her husband, Chris Kraft, reside in Rock Hill with their three dogs and six chickens.