Our Team

Friendly and Qualified

On behalf of everyone at Cordell Lake General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Farmington, I would like to invite you to learn a little more about our team.  Each one of our team members is committed to providing gentle dentistry in a caring atmosphere and we want you to know that we take your comfort and trust in us seriously.  When you come to us, we’ll treat you like family from the moment you walk in the door, through cleanings and exams, all the way through planning any necessary treatment.  We want to ensure you fully understand and feel comfortable and confident with any and all proposed treatment.  From all of us, including: Michelle, Erica, Rachel, Wendy, Emily, and my wife, Melissa, and I, we thank you for visiting and hope we have the chance to get to know you better soon.  Read below to learn more about each member of our staff and what we stand for.

-Dr. Cordell Lake


Committed to Improvement

Our office continually pursues ongoing education to keep up with the latest trends in dentistry.  We maintain the highest levels of accreditation and are always striving to be the best dental clinic in the Farmington area and beyond.

Dr. Cordell Lake

Dr. Cordell Lake is a local Farmington resident, but grew up in a small town north of Rolla and has lived all around Missouri.  He attended Central Methodist University in Fayette where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology.  He went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Dr. Lake’s interest in dentistry began when he was a child, as his mother has been a dental assistant for over 20 years; his love for dentistry grew as he began to further realize the immediate and positive impact a dentist can make on a patient’s health.  He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association.  Aside from dentistry, he enjoys reading, traveling, hunting, fishing, all things sports and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and their two Miniature Australian Shepherds (Riley and Ava).

Dr. Cordell Lake is proud to continue the strong lineage of dentists who have served Farmington in this same building.  Dr. Lake took over the practice from Dr. Tim O’Bryan, who purchased the office from Dr. Waller in 2008.  The office was originally started in the early 1970’s by Dr. Schaper.


Erica is a registered dental hygienist that has been with the practice since 2010. She graduated from Forest Park Community College with her Dental Hygiene degree in 2005. Erica was born and raised in Farmington and still resides here with her husband Curt. They have two kids Harley and Laney. Erica enjoys spending time with friends and family.


Emily is a registered dental hygienist that has been with the practice since graduating from Missouri College with her dental hygiene degree in 2014. Emily lives in Festus with her husband Chris, her step daughter Kylee, and her three boys (Tyler, Tanner, and Shay). 

Emily also has two dogs; a miniature schnauzer named Samson and a goldendoodle named Murphy.  When Emily is not spending time with her family, she enjoys indoor cycling and following her kids in their extracurricular activities.  


Wendy has been a dental assistant with this practice since 1995. She worked in a dental lab and for an orthodontist prior to this office. She is married to her husband Jeff and has three children, Whitley, Jasper, and Vivian. Wendy enjoys the outdoors, landscaping and spending time as a family.


Rachel was born and raised in Park Hills and has been with the practice since 1995.  She began as a chair-side assistant, but has since moved to the front office.  Rachel is married with two kids, Tyler and Lauren, and two grandkids, Oliver and Roland.  She enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her family.


Michelle has been a dental assistant since 2000 and has been with the practice since 2012.  She has one older brother and was born and raised on a small farm in Bonne Terre; she’s also a North County graduate!  Michelle and her husband, Justin, have one son named Cooper.  She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.


Melissa takes care of the marketing and IT needs of the office, as well as some office management duties. She grew up in Columbia and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.  She enjoys traveling, cooking and staying active.  Melissa is married to Dr. Lake and they have two dogs (Riley and Ava).

Our Address

12 E Harrison St
Farmington, MO 63640

phone: 573-756-4344
fax: 573-756-4699
email: contact@CordellLakeDDS.com

Hours of Operation

8:00am – 5:00pm

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