Dr. Robert Freeman was born and raised in Western North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor in Psychology and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Freeman completed his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and his Masters of Science in Dentistry from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. After completing his residency in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Freeman made Louisiana his home and is very proud to be a new resident. He believes in a gentle and friendly style of dentistry for his patients and their families.
Dr. Joshua Hafford attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. He is married and has no children. Dr. Hafford enjoys Saints, Hornets, and LSU sports, as well as golf and fishing.
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. Le was born in Saigon, Vietnam, but was raised a Cajun in Basile, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and biochemistry from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Le enjoys doing charity work and watching football. He also loves his job: “I was born to be a dentist,” says Dr. Le.
Dr. Steven Le was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 2007, he moved to New Orleans to attend Xavier University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2011. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from LSU in 2016. Dr. Le is a member of the American Dental Association and Louisiana Dental Association. He currently lives on the Westbank with his wife. Dr. Steven enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends and riding his bike.
Dr. Luong received an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, then a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He completed a residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Luong enjoys soccer and golf.
Dr. Danh Nguyen was born and raised in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After graduating with honors from Ocean Springs High School, Dr. Nguyen obtained an Associate degree in Radiologic Technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community. He then moved to Metairie, Louisiana and obtained a Post-secondary Certificate in Nuclear Medicine from Delgado Community College. During his many patient interactions as a practicing radiology technician/nuclear medicine technologist, he decided to further his passion in health sciences.He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University of New Orleans and achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery from LSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen is honored to provide exceptional dental care to the people of Louisiana. He is a Black and Gold Saints fan and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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 American Academy of Periodontics
- Active member American Dental Association
- Active member Louisiana Dental Association
- Active member New Orleans Dental Association
- Active member Advanced Laser Dentistry American Academy of Dentistry
- 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.
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