Dr. Richard Bertetti was born in Andover, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tulane University in 1996, his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in 2003 and completed his training in Oral Surgery at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, New York in 2014. Dr. Bertetti enjoys tennis, football and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Cao grew up in the metropolitan New Orleans area. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1996. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Cao resides in Covington with her husband Joe and their three children. She enjoys traveling, working out, cooking and LSU football games.
Dr. Paul Clark grew up in New Orleans East and graduated from Jesuit High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Orleans and went on to LSU School of Dentistry. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he began a career in dentistry. Dr. Clark first started practicing with Dr. Joey Lacoste on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans and then opened an office in Mandeville where he worked with his father for 28 years.
Dr. Daniel Do is a graduate of LSU School of Dentistry. His goal is to constantly seek new avenues for education and he has great interest in various areas of dentistry. Dr. Do loves music, food and cooking. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Duplechin was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 2005 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009. Dr. Duplechin resides in Mandeville and enjoys LSU and Saints football, tailgating, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Graff grew up in St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans and lived in Slidell in the early ‘90’s. He graduated Chalmette High School as valedictorian in 1996 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in microbiology with a minor in classical civilizations from LSU in 2000. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 2004. After living in Mid-City New Orleans, he moved to Hammond in 2005. Dr. Graff enjoys all sports (especially LSU and Saints football), music, movies, hunting, and fishing.
Dr. Chad Gustafson was born in Metairie, Louisiana, and raised in Slidell. He graduated from Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell, then earned an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University. Dr. Gustafson then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kaycee, and son, Ethan. He is also an enthusiastic fan of LSU and Saints football.
Dr. Kristen Hamilton was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School and then went on to receive an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University. Dr. Hamilton earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association and Louisiana Dental Association and enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping and traveling.
Dr. Lacoste was born and raised in the New Orleans area. After graduating high school from The New Orleans Academy in 1972, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 1980.Dr. Lacoste is a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association, the New Orleans Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He always finds time to be with family and friends, and enjoys fishing and playing music.
Dr. Ashley Lestrade is originally from Fairhope, Alabama, but has settled in Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, graduating in 2006 as a University Medalist with a 4.0 GPA. Dr. Lestrade subsequently earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Orthodontic credentials from LSU Dental School. She received the International College of Dentists Leadership Award as a graduating senior dental student and the Jerome Hebert Award for Achievement as a first-year resident. Dr. Lestrade is married and has two daughters. She enjoys spending her spare time playing with the children and going to the zoo.
Dr. Anthony Nguyen was born and raised in New Orleans East and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen enjoys his many hobbies, including working on cars, cooking, bartending and tending to his aquariums. He loves to explore many different restaurants and try out new dishes.
Dr. Nguyen’s primary goal in life is making the world a better place by spreading happiness one smile at a time. He is enthusiastic, fun and caring. He hopes to set a good example to his peers and help shape a better future. His positivity is contagious and he looks forward to treating patients with the best care he can provide.
Dr. Laura Porras Smith is a graduate of Universidad Latina de Costa Rica where she received her D.D.S. in 2004. She then practiced as a general dentist for 3 years in a private practice in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 2013, she worked at a periodontist practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was then accepted into a fellowship for 1 year at Louisiana State University where she received training restoring single and multiple dental implants with the newest techniques. In 2014, she accepted a position in Louisiana State University’s Post-Graduate Periodontal Program which she completed in 2017. She received extensive surgical and non-surgical training for modern periodontal and dental implant therapy including periodontal plastic surgery, bone grafting, implantology and what many people refer to as “gum disease.” Dr. Laura P. Smith is also certified by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry for proficiency in Dental Laser Surgery. Dr. Smith’s professional memberships:
- Active member Active member American Academy of Periodontics
- Active member Active member Advanced Laser Dentistry American Academy of Dentistry
- Active member Active member South West Louisiana Periodontal Association
Dr. Smith’s personal achievements and activities
She is married, has two children, and lives Uptown in New Orleans. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking around the city and exploring new places and restaurants.
Dr. Smith’s philosophy
She likes to sit down with each patient and reinforce methods to prevent further oral and periodontal disease. She likes to explain to the patient the many different treatment options using the most up to date diagnostic tools available and then provide the best treatment to suit that patient’s individual needs. Her first choice is always saving natural teeth, but if that is not possible she will always present the most modern alternatives available for her patient. She likes to treat each patient as if they were a member of her own family.
Dr. James Vegrzyn grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois just outside of Chicago, where he played football and baseball. He trained at Boston University for his dental certificate and is now training at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry for his certificate in Oral Surgery. Dr. Vegrzyn likes to work out, fish and watch football.
Born and raised in Slidell, Dr. Wiggins is a proud lifelong resident. He is a Slidell High School graduate; he also earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is married to Amy Hall Wiggins, and they have 2 sons, Brandt and Cole.