Top Dentist

121 Listings in 7 Categories Across Acadiana's 22 Parishes

This list is excerpted from the 2013 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for more than 100 dentists and specialists in the Acadiana area. The Acadiana list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at For more information, call 706/364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email; or visit

Selection Process

    This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results.

    The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as all dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists who we have missed who they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peers’ work when evaluating the other nominees.

    Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballots whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received and status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play a factor in our decision.

    Once the decisions have been finalized, the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists.

    Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States.  A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful list of dentists available anywhere.


After Trauma, a Brand-New Smile

David Gunter Baughman

Houma, Morgan City

Specialty: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
• Northeast Louisiana University 1989
• University of New Mexico in Albuquerque 1990
• University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston 1996
• Louisiana State University at New Orleans Medical School 2000
Native of Farmerville

Profile by Caroline Malouse | Portrait by Lauren Self

Dr. David Baughman loves his job. “I could do it till I’m 100,” he says. With his thriving practice and active lifestyle, it seems entirely possible that he’ll have the chance to do just that. He and his business partner, Dr. Chris Saal, have 13 employees and operate out of Houma, Morgan City and Thibodaux. At their oral and maxillofacial practice, they place dental implants, extract wisdom teeth and other non-restorable teeth, diagnose head and neck cancer and perform orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery). When on call at Terrebonne General and Thibodaux Regional hospitals, they treat emergency facial trauma cases.
One special case was an offshore worker who experienced severe trauma when a pressure hose exploded, destroying his jawbone and badly lacerating his lips. He was airlifted to Terrebonne General Hospital, where Baughman cleaned up the wounds. The patient was allowed to heal before Baughman created bone grafts to repair his jaw, replacing teeth with dental implants. After careful work, the patient’s smile and jaw function were restored. “That was a huge challenge and a gratifying result,” says Baughman.
He knew this line of work was for him when he extracted his first tooth in dental school. Baughman comes from a long line of pharmacists, including his father, grandfather, uncle and brother, and had wanted to follow in their footsteps since age 6. Growing up, he spent time in his family’s corner drugstore, working behind the counter at the soda fountain, checking inventory after school and in the summer and watching customers fill prescriptions and pass the time. But with the advancement of medical technology and changing times, modern drugstores and pharmacies had become the norm by the time he graduated pharmacy school. After practicing pharmacy for a couple of years, he realized he missed the community-gathering feel of the old corner drugstores and felt that he wanted to be even more directly involved with patient care. “I was working at MD Anderson in Houston next door to the University of Houston dental school,” Baughman says. “One day I walked over and spoke to an adviser about applying, and the next thing I knew I was studying to be a dentist.”
His educational history is impressive indeed. After earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in pharmacy at what is now the University of Louisiana at Monroe and at University of New Mexico, respectively, he earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston and then went on to earn his medical degree at Louisiana State University at New Orleans. Working as colleagues with professors in his later years of school, he also completed a general surgery internship and an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, both at LSU.
Although he sees dozens of patients a day, Baughman still finds time to act as the president of the Louisiana Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a position he earned after spending four years as secretary/treasurer and two as vice president. He also just finished six years as a board member of the Louisiana Dental Association, representing Bayou District Dental. As if his leadership in dentistry weren’t enough to keep him busy, Baughman is also an avid outdoorsman who likes to fish and compete in triathlons. “There’s a great group of athletes in the area,” Baughman says of the friends he swims, bikes and runs with. He finds time before work and during lunch to do the things he enjoys. On top of everything, he loves to hang out with his children and even coaches their 7- and 8-year-old coach-pitch baseball team, where the coach pitches the ball.
Baughman’s only concern about his field is the current state of flux of health care policies. “I don’t like being with the unknowns of governmental health care and insurance companies,” he says, ever sympathetic toward patient needs. Patients can rest assured that  Baughman does his best to ensure excellent care for them.


Soothing Kids' Fears While Protecting Their Teeth

Leslie Jacobs


Specialty: Pediatric Dentistry
• University of Southwestern Louisiana 1994  
• LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry 1999
Native of Sunset

Profile by Sarah Ravits | Portrait by Romero & Romero Photography

The biggest challenge that pediatric dentist Leslie Jacobs faces is making sure that skittish kids and their parents realize that going to the dentist should be a positive and even downright pleasant experience.
“Sometimes people have had a bad experience at another office, and it’s my job to turn them around and get them comfortable so they’re not afraid anymore,” she explains. “That’s one of the most rewarding things that I do. Sometimes they come in here, and they are so afraid that they’re crying.”
 Jacobs, a mother of two young girls, Chloe and Callie, has always possessed a nurturing side. Growing up, she baby-sat constantly – sometimes for as many as 11 children at the same time. Her maternal instincts help her deal with dental problems in the youngsters she sees on a daily basis.
“We have a philosophy that everyone will leave happy, and we do whatever it takes to keep them happy and get everything done in the least-traumatic way possible,” she says. “All my assistants are moms, too, and sweet.”
Jacobs realized early on that she wanted to get involved with dentistry when, at the height of the all-too-unavoidable high school awkward phase, her self-described “buckteeth” were fixed by the magic of braces. “My orthodontist changed my life!” she says enthusiastically.
Feeling empowered by her newly straightened pearly whites, Jacobs knew that she was meant to improve others’ lives by fixing their teeth. “I was put in my profession for a reason; it’s who I am inside.”
She and her husband, Stacy Ste. Marie, an orthodontist, operate a private practice, which happens to be in close proximity to Meche’s, Acadiana’s popular sweet shop known for its award-winning king cakes and doughnuts. And though Jacobs acknowledges that cavities are a primary concern in children, she remains pragmatic about little ones’ natural inclination toward sugary treats.
“Oh, they can have sugar – you just have to get it off your teeth after,” she says. “I never tell anyone they can’t have candy or sugar. That’s not realistic. I just tell them how to prevent cavities by getting it off their teeth.” Cavities, she says, are 100 percent preventable, and one of her biggest goals is to teach parents how to prevent them in young children. “Sometimes someone will come in here with eight or 10 cavities at 3 years old,” she says. “And it’s because no one ever taught the parents how to deal with it.”
At the end of the day, Jacobs leaves her office feeling fulfilled. “How could I ever complain with what I have to do?” she muses. “Nothing about my job is hard to me; it’s just rewarding and fun. We have a lot of people who have orthodontic problems; we do a lot of cosmetics, as well. Kids get teased in school about blemishes on their teeth, so I can put veneers on their teeth, and it changes their whole lives. They feel more confident, and they don’t get teased anymore. I can make people smile beautifully in an hour. I love my little babies; I love all my patients, and they always leave happy.”


Treating a Tumor in the Maxilla

John F. Moffett Jr

Lake Charles

Specialty: Orthodontics
• Emory University 1987
• Air Force General Practice Residency 1988
• University of Pennsylvania 1992
Native of Lake Charles

Profile by Caroline Malouse | Portrait by Romero & Romero Photography

"Dentistry captivated me when I was being treated myself at age 15,” says Dr. John Moffett. “I’ve always liked working with my hands, and my dad is a physician, so for years I thought I might go into health care.” After getting his dental degree at Emory University, he went on to join the Air Force and complete a yearlong general practice residency at the Ehrling Berquist Strategic Hospital Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where he had hands-on training in rotations among the specialties in dentistry. Then he was stationed Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., for two years. He received orthodontic training at the University of Pennsylvania and then opened his Lake Charles practice in 1992. Today he has six employees and sees 40 to 50 patients a day.
Moffett advocates for children to be seen by an orthodontist by age 7, as does the American Association of Orthodontists. “What most parents don’t know is that they don’t have to wait for a dentist to refer them to an orthodontist,” he says. “And they don’t have to wait for all of their children’s permanent teeth to erupt.” Not every 7-year-old needs orthodontic treatment, but the ones who do will benefit most from treatment before facial growth slows down. “Early treatment can be as easy as timely extraction of baby teeth,” he says, or it can be more involved, such as facial orthopedics, which corrects skeletal problems affecting the position of the front teeth related to the rest of the face. “An attractive smile isn’t just about having straight teeth,” Moffett says. “The bite is important, too.”
A surprising case he once had was that of a 10-year-old coming in for a routine evaluation. An X-ray showed that he had a tumor in his maxilla that no one had known about. It turned out to be benign and was removed without complications, but the situation might have been much more complicated if it had not been detected until later in his adolescence.
Every day, he is motivated by the chance to improve the self-esteem and confidence of his patients. “That’s the beauty of what we do,” he says. One of his patients was so excited about her beautiful smile at the end of treatment that she tried out for the dance team at her school and made the cut. It’s impossible for him to choose a favorite patient, but one of them was a girl who wouldn’t smile because she felt her front teeth were unattractive. The staff had a hard time getting her to smile for the clinical photos taken prior to treatment. After just a few months, her teeth were straight enough that she could hardly keep from smiling. Now that her treatment is over, “she has a constant smile from ear to ear,” Moffett says.
Many children have unerupted teeth or congenitally missing adult teeth, and Moffett is able to erupt the teeth in position or replace the missing teeth, and the patients “light up,” he says. “You can see their confidence and self-esteem grow.”
Although Moffett places importance on seeing patients early, he says it is never too late for orthodontic improvement. “I think society places a lot of emphasis on aesthetics these days, and a beautiful smile enhances one’s self-confidence,” he says. Many of his patients are beginning treatment in their 20s and 30s, and he has even treated a number of patients in their 80s. One patient in particular wanted to straighten her teeth so she could more easily clean them and not lose them. This was her second time wearing braces, the first being as an adolescent, when she would routinely take the train into New Orleans to visit the orthodontist there. “Now that is dedication!” he says.



Benjamin Ber

Southern Endodontic Specialists
1211 Museum Drive

Brent Chauvin

Advanced Endodontics of Lafayette
221 Rue De Jean,
Suite 214, Lafayette

Kenneth Shane Fowler

4906 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Building O

Steven Michael Gaudet Jr.

Southern Endodontic Specialists
1211 Museum Drive

John E. Levin

Levin Endodontics
312 W. University Ave., Suite A, Lafayette

Terrell Louis Murphy

1924 Southwood Drive
Lake Charles

Kenneth W. Parks

Lake Area Endodontics
636 W. McNeese St.
Lake Charles

Anthony B. Rainwater

3909 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite B


General Dentistry

Melanie Jean Andrews

Plantation Road Dental Care
103 Plantation Road

John Kenneth Aycock

512 Haifleigh St.

Peter T. Bayles

824 W. Fourth St.

Douglas S. Ber

511 Cardinal Drive

Sheard Adolph Ber

1711 Himalaya Ave.

Edwin L. Bercier III

300 N. Polk St.
P. O. Box 23

Charles A. Bernard III

2726 Kaliste Saloom Road

Clare M. Berthelot

Berthelot and Associates LLC
6711 Louisiana 1 S.

Mark J. Bilello

399 Bayou Gardens Blvd.

Gary Joseph Blanchette

Sulphur Dental Associates
2920 Maplewood Drive

Richard Irvin Borne

Southdown Dental Center
103 Southdown W. Blvd.

Ellis David Braud Jr.

810 Bayou Lane

Nathan H. Bray Jr.

700 W. McNeese St.,
Suite B, Lake Charles

Charlie Buller III

206 S. Thompson Ave.
P.O. Box 1179

Carl W. Churchman Jr.

3425 Louisiana Ave.
Lake Charles

James Richard Churchman

Churchman Family Dentistry
150 W. Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles

Mary S. Churchman

3632 E. School St.
Lake Charles

Robert C. Cochran

Moss Bluff Family Dental Care
1434 Sam Houston Jones Parkway
Lake Charles

Daniel Domingue

200 Beaullieu Drive, Building 2

Dennis Edward Donald

627 W. College St.
Lake Charles

Christy Gail Drum-Ammons

214 W. McNeese St.
Lake Charles

Lige F. Dunaway III

121 Representative Row

Robert J. Foret

705 Plantation Road

Laurie R. Glaser

13270 Highway 90
P.O. Box 515

Joshua Ryan Guidry

556 Cardinal Drive

Peter S. Guidry

1234 David Drive,
Suite 106
P.O. Box 2118
Morgan City

Kenneth J. Guilbeau

Guilbeau Stelly & Maestri
258 Arceneaux Road
P.O. Box 700

Donald P. Harris

605 Rue De Brille
New Iberia

Edward J. Hebert

1540 Country Club Road
Lake Charles

Craig Steven Landry

350 Doucet Road,
Suite 101, Lafayette

Joseph O. Laprairie Jr.

117 W. Magnolia St.
P.O. Box 230

Ann K. Laurent

Dr. Ann Laurent’s Dental Artistry
101 W. Martial Ave.

Michele Lavergne

4306 N. University Ave.

Richard L. LeBlanc

4003 Louisiana Ave.
Lake Charles

Dean Leonard Listi

904 David Drive
P.O. Box 3573
Morgan City


Bryan Manning

Manning Dental Associates
1910 Maplewood Drive

Dean L. Manning

Manning Dental Associates
1910 Maplewood Drive

Kent Raymond Mauduit

429 W. Airline Highway, Suite F, LaPlace

Elizabeth S. McCrory

3107 Maplewood Drive

Mark M. Miller

1516 18th St.
Lake Charles

James Philip Mire

102 Mystic Blvd.

Edward Morris Moody II

404 E. Texas Ave.

James R. Nichols Jr.

401 Settlers Trace Blvd.

Benjamin M. Ory

Ory Family Dentistry
430 W. Fifth St.

Daniel M. Perry

4301 Lake St.
Lake Charles

Randall R. Perry

Family Dental Care
1430 W. McNeese St.
Lake Charles

Esperanza M. Prato

2816 First Ave.
Lake Charles

Jason R. Ray

698 E. First St.

Kurt S. Rothermel

817 N. Ave. K

Charles C. Savoia

200 Clinic Drive

Lance N. Savoie

Lance Savoie Family Dental
105 Rue Centre St.

Gary Kyle Slaven

671 S. Post Oak Road

J. Jerome Smith

200 Beaullieu Drive, Building 2

John L. Speer

3425 Louisiana Ave.
Lake Charles

Michael J. Stacey

Avoyelles Dental Care
921 Shirley Road

James J. Stafford

2670 Highway 20
P.O. Box 70

Robert Roy Vaughan

1402 Oak Park Blvd.
Lake Charles

Paul D. Vidrine

Westlake Dental Care
902 Shady Lane, Suite A

Lamar E. Waguespack Jr.

La Vie Dental
109 Johnny Dufrene Drive

Jerome M. Walker

600 Liberty St.

Ryan Walker

1700 St. Charles St.

Daniel A. Weaver

Smile Lake Charles
715 W. College St.
Lake Charles

Stephanie B. Weaver

Smile Lake Charles
715 W. College St.
Lake Charles

Michael B. Williamson

731 E. McNeese
Lake Charles

C. Leonard Wise

1200 N. Victor II Blvd.
Morgan City


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Randolph H. Alexander

2708 Aster St., Suite A
Lake Charles

Robin C. Ardoin

203 A Energy Parkway

David Gunter Baughman

Oral-Facial Surgery Center
1608 Polk St.

Donald P. Boudreaux Jr.

606 Rue De Brille
New Iberia

Clay S. Chandler

Drs. Dupree and Neupert
3839 W. Congress St., Suite C, Lafayette

Gene O. Dupree

Drs. Dupree and Neupert
3839 W. Congress St., Suite C, Lafayette

Harold David Kennedy

203 Energy Parkway

Edward A. Neupert III

Drs. Dupree and Neupert
3839 W. Congress St., Suite C, Lafayette

Christopher J. Saal

Oral-Facial Surgery Center
1608 Polk St.



Catherine Schwab Coreil

Le Centre Orthodontic Arts
7845 Main St.

Mark N. Coreil

Le Centre Orthodontic Arts
7845 Main St.

Craig Hannie Crawford

Crawford Orthodontics
701 W. College St.
Lake Charles

Kerwin V. Donaldson Jr.

Donaldson Orthodontics
519 N. Lewis St.
New Iberia

Danielle Ardoin Dore

1144 Coolidge Blvd.,
Suite F, Lafayette

Noel P. Dragon Jr.

301 Rue Beauregard, Suite A, Lafayette

Whybra Joseph Duay Jr.

Duay Orthodontics
1301 Victor II Blvd.
P.O. Box 2750
Morgan City

Jude P. Fairchild

Lake Charles Orthodontics
1837 W. Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles

Guy Andrew Favaloro

Favaloro Orthodontics
416 Belle Terre Blvd.

Guy Warren Favaloro

Favaloro Orthodontics
103 Plantation Road

David A. Guidry

Guidry Orthodontics
1234 David Drive, Suite 202B, Morgan City

Allison Hamada-Moise

Hamada Orthodontics
159 Longview Drive,
Suite A, Destrehan

James A. Leithead Jr.

615 W. College St.
Lake Charles

John F. Moffett Jr.

1509 W. McNeese St.
Lake Charles

John Marion Oubre

John Oubre Orthodontics for Children and Adults
1605 Kaliste Saloom Road

Alan Carl Perry

Lake Charles Orthodontics
1837 W. Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles

Paul C. Perry

3109 Maplewood Drive

Stephen E. Searcy

Searcy Orthodontics
3839 W. Congress St., Suite B, Lafayette

Donovan Paul Soignet

Soignet Orthodontics
1001 E. Seventh St.,
Suite A, Thibodaux

Jay Waguespack IV

4906 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Building L, Suite 1200, Lafayette


Pediatric Dentistry

Kennell P. Brown Jr.

306 N. Lewis St., Suite 2
New Iberia

Claudia A. Cavallino

Bayou Childrens Dental Center
4752 Highway 311,
Suite 115, Houma

Gantt N. De Jean

1604 Kerr St., Suite 101

N. Paige Gaudet

Bayou Childrens Dental Center
4752 Highway 311,
Suite 115, Houma

Roger G. Grimball

910 S. Beglis Parkway

John Alexander Hendry

185 South Beadle Road

Leslie J. Jacobs

Hendry McGuire & Jacobs
113 Rue Fountaine

William A. Keaty

350 Doucet Road,
Suite 101, Lafayette

S. Troy Miller

Quest Pediatric Dental Group
210 Beaullieu Drive

Eric A. Sanders

Sanders Pediatric Dentistry
2620 Country Club Road
Lake Charles

Scott L. Worley

The Dental Depot
4600 Lake St.
Lake Charles



M. Randal Comeaux

Periodontics Associates LLP
3839 W. Congress St., Suite D, Lafayette

James M. Finley

Finley Periodontics
185 S. Beadle Road, Suite 102A, Lafayette

Monroe M. Howell

1117 Canal Blvd.

Bryan S. Pearson

Periodontics Associates LLP
3839 W. Congress St., Suite D, Lafayette

Murray L. Rabalais Jr.

236 Progressive Blvd.

Edward T. Savoy

2708 Aster St., Suite B
Lake Charles

Raymond J. Steiner

4550 Lake St.
Lake Charles


Conrad F. Frey III

Advanced Dental Designs
185 S. Beadle Road, Building 1, Suite C

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