Rooting for the BEST









Just the thought of the experience is as unpleasant as the sound of a drill. Going to the dentist is hardly a top experience, but when do go we can at least hope for a top rated dentist. We present here our annual Top Dentists list as prepared by topDentists of Augusta, Ga.

This list is excerpted from the 2012 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for more than 145 dentists in eight specialties in the New Orleans area. The list was 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 (as explained by topDentists:)

“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”

This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the top dentists 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 all 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 that 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 peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees.

Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot with whose work they are familiar. 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 a 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.









Saving a fractured tooth

At a young age Dr. Elizabeth Riggs loved creating things with her hands whether the tools she used were paint or crayons. These days Riggs uses different types of tools to create beautiful smile designs. She says that her profession is both “fascinating and rewarding,” and it allows her to integrate her own artistic vision in creating beautiful and healthy smile designs.

“I was born to be a dentist,” Riggs says. She also acknowledges that while growing up in West Virginia her neighbor, who was also a dentist, inspired her to pursue the profession.

Riggs began working as a dental assistant 29 years ago. She says she began pursuing dentistry because she fell in love with the entire process of smile design. After graduating from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Riggs began a full-time private practice and returned to LSU School of Dentistry as a part-time faculty member in cosmetic dentistry. Her office is located in a historic Victorian cottage in a quaint Uptown neighborhood on Magazine Street, which offers an extensive variety of general and cosmetic dentistry.

Her passion for the practice is evidenced by not only in her patients’ smiles but also in her work ethic. “If I could, I’d work eight days a week,” Riggs quips.

One of her toughest patient cases involved restoring an entire set of teeth. The patient lost all of his or her teeth and desperately wanted a natural, aesthetic smile.

“Creating a pleasing and functional smile can be difficult after a patient has experienced years of wear, destruction of teeth, compounded with loss of bone and support,” Riggs explains. “You really have to be astute to the causes of these [dental] problems as well as the many possible ways to resolve them and prevent them from reoccurring.”

Another interesting case would test Riggs’ skills and expertise. In 2006 a former patient of Riggs, who relocated to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina, contacted her to help her son. He fractured his front tooth below the bone, and dentists there told him he was going to lose his tooth. The mother and son traveled to New Orleans so Riggs could treat him properly.

“Through modern-day dentistry and state-of-the art technique, I was able to save the tooth for years, allowing the patient to complete orthodontics,” Riggs explains. “He would have lost the tooth and possibly would have had to wear a removable partial denture.”

Fast forward to present day and the patient is now old enough for Riggs to place an implant where the fractured root was, and no one will be the wiser.

“… Tough cases like these cannot be fixed overnight,” she says.

Riggs says that as technology enhances our daily lives, it also continues to advance the science of dentistry, and it’s important to stay at the forefront with the continual advancement of techniques.

Her advice to young dentists is to “follow your dreams, do not cut corners and never sacrifice quality for quantity,” and she advises “we all better serve our patients and prosper from continued growth and learning.”

When she isn’t working, Riggs says she enjoys listening to music, visiting art galleries and thinking of ways better ways to create more beautiful smiles.

– Minh Dang

Dr. Elizabeth E. Riggs, D.D.S.
General Dentistry
3442 Magazine St.

11 years practicing as a dentist; over 25 years in the field of dentistry
B.S. from University of New Orleans
DDS from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry – 2001
Native of St. Marys, W.Va.









Patients with a genetic susceptibility

While pursuing a degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, Dr. Kristi Soileau wowed the judges at the 1978 Miss Louisiana Pageant by winning the coveted Congeniality Award. With both brains and beauty, Soileau went on to attend Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, specializing in periodontics. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, and in the placement of dental implants. They are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.

Soileau won over the judges not only with her smile, but also with her easygoing, friendly personality. It is no wonder, then, that her patients feel at home under her care.

“I think the hardest part of the day is having to cut short conversations that are truly engaging, but in the interest of staying on schedule [I] have to break away from patients,” Soileau says.

One of the most pleasurable things Soileau says she enjoys is performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. This includes lengthening small teeth in individuals with gummy smiles or, conversely, recovering roots that have been exposed and are now too long.

“No two people are alike, and no two cases are exactly the same,” Soileau says. “It’s important to realize that behind that tooth or that quadrant being treated is a person with a life story that can impact your day as much as you are intervening in theirs.”

Some of Soileau’s toughest patient cases involve treating patients with genetic susceptibility to periodontitis. Even with aggressive and ongoing therapy, patients can go through unpredictable downhill spirals. Soileau says that, although it’s a rarity, periodontitis can be seen in people as young as teenagers.

In cases like these, where surgical therapy doesn’t result in the outcome desired, the patient is sometimes asked to have preventive cleanings as often as every month. Also smoking, alcohol consumption and diabetic issues must be kept at bay in order to give the dentition a fighting chance.

According to Soileau some patients who have dental insurance unfortunately have low annual allowed maximums, some not much more than they were in the 1970s, and thus a large number of people are unable to complete treatment plans they may need, causing them to spread their treatment out over a period of years. “It is quite disheartening for the dentist and patients alike,” she says.

When she isn’t working, Soileau enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. David DeGenova, an orthodontist who practices in Metairie, and their three sons. She has appeared on local television stations, traveled around the world giving lectures and presentations and enjoys being a loving wife and mother while continuing to give back to her community. She has taught Catechism at St. Francis Xavier since 1996 and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, editor for the New Orleans Dental Association (since ’89), member of the Ladies Leukemia League of New Orleans since ’86 and more.

“Each day brings new challenges, adventures and joys,” Soileau says. Her advice to young dentists is to “enjoy their careers by taking care to continually nourish their minds, bodies and faiths, and to nurture the communities in which they live.”

– Minh Dang

Kristi M. Soileau DDS
2820 Napoleon Ave., Suite 470

B.S. Southeastern Louisiana University – 1979
DDS Louisiana State University School of Dentistry – 1985
Native of Clinton, La.










This list is excerpted from 2012 the topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 140 dentists and specialists in the New Orleans Metro Area.  For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2012 by topDentists, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.



Scott E. Bonson
250 Meadowcrest St., Suite 200

Arthur Welden Dickerson II
250 Meadowcrest St., Suite 200


David Joseph Toca
2301 Williams Blvd., Suite B


Ina L. Griffin
117 Moores Road, Suite A
(985) 727-0991

Catherine A. Hebert
Endodontic Center
4600 Highway 22, Suite 4
(985) 626-0111

Charles Overton Roy
Northshore Endodontics
1510 West Causeway Approach, Suite C
(985) 674-0060


Barry James Cazaubon
Endodontic Specialists
4520 Clearview Parkway

Garrett Blair Morris
Endodontic Specialists
4520 Clearview Parkway
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

New Orleans

George H. Arch Jr.
Uptown Endodontics and Implantology
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 701

Lisa P. Germain
Uptown Endodontics and Implantology
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 701

Billie Gail Jeansonne
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave.


Thomas McCall Flint
190 Cross Gates Blvd.
(985) 649-4881

John Jared Harmon
Lakeshore Endodontics
102 Village St., Suite B
(985) 643-4600
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered
General Dentistry


Paul M. Anzalone
211 East Oak St., Suite A
(985) 748-8434

Belle Chasse

Stuart Jules Guey Jr.
8951 Highway 23


Charles R. Mehle Jr.
310 Mississippi Ave.
(985) 735-9811


Mary A. Beilman
426 S. Tyler St.
(985) 893-5138

Edward P. Burvant Jr.
601 West 18th Ave.
(985) 892-2403

Kathleen G. Engel
522 East Rutland St.
(985) 893-2270
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

James A. Moreau Jr.
7007 Highway 190 Service Road
(985) 809-7645

R. Glen Spell
79132 Highway 40
(985) 893-3900


Earle R. Brown Jr.
934 Washington St.
(985) 839-3413


Peter Michael Tufton
654 Terry Parkway


Bryan P. Daigle
1502 Martens Drive
(985) 345-4242

Jonathan L. Kirkland
1003 West Thomas St.
(985) 542-7755

Sue C. Leblanc
1007 West Thomas St., Suite E
(985) 345-8602


Joseph Vincent Anzelmo
4001 Lapalco Blvd., Suite 10


Charles Marion Jouandot
Jefferson Dental Care
3809 Jefferson Highway


James David Roethele
Roethele Dental Esthetics
283 West Esplanade Ave.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered


Charles B. Foy Jr.
400 Pine St.
P.O. Box 10
(985) 845-8042
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Melissa Hernandez Pellegrini
198 Highway 21
(985) 845-2992


Glen Joseph Corcoran
3701 Highway 59, Suite E
(985) 871-9733

Joseph F. Fitzpatrick
2900 East Causeway Approach, Suite E
(985) 626-9791

Michael J. McCracken
1200 West Causeway Approach
(985) 674-4441

Toby B. Moffatt
1510 West Causeway Approach, Suite A
(985) 727-4848

Dennis R. Preau
2140 Ninth St.
(985) 624-8268


Maria Ribando Burmaster
Barataria Dental Clinic
2272 Barataria Blvd.

Valerie Ribando Hemphill
Barataria Dental Clinic
2272 Barataria Blvd.


Debra Claire Arnold
2732 Athania Parkway

George Philip Cerniglia
2727 Houma Blvd., Suite A
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Joseph John Collura Jr.
3939 North Causeway Blvd.,
Suite 104
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Duane P. Delaune
Delaune Dental, the Art of Smiles
3801 North Causeway Blvd.,
Suite 305
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Terry F. Fugetta
4508 Clearview Parkway, Suite 1-A

Joseph Frank Giardina
2540 Severn Ave., Suite 305

Eva L. Jessup
Clearview Dental Care
2221 Clearview Parkway, Suite 202
Wynn Kapit
3024 Kingman St.

Nanette LoCoco
4325 Loveland St., Suite B

Noel Francis Pilie
701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-212
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Jené Comeaux Ponder
2620 Metairie Road

Garry Stephen Salvaggio
3223 8th St Ste 202

Clarence John Steeg Jr.
4440 Chastant St., Suite A

Gerard R. Tully Jr.
701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-212

Raymond J. Unland Jr.
110 Veterans Memorial Blvd.,
Suite 105-A

Corky Willhite
The Smile
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 777

Lisa Wyatt
5037 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 3-E

Emmett Lawrence Zimmerman III
1900 North Causeway Blvd.

New Orleans

Mark David Anderson
Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry
3625 Canal St.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Darlene Bassett
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 820

James Anthony Campo
2215 S. Carrollton Ave.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Todd J. Canatella
Canatella Dental
101 West Robert E Lee Blvd., Suite 305

Mark Stephen Chaney
1407 S. Carrollton Ave.

Denice Lorraine Derbes
6251 General Diaz St.

Jay Christopher Dumas
Daughters of Charity
Health Center – Carrollton
3201 S. Carrollton Ave.

John Raymond Gallo
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave., Suite 137

Dov Glazer
3525 Prytania St., Suite 312

Leslie Parro Gottsegen
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 610

Eric Hovland
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave.

Susan S. Lebon
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 605

Edward Emanuel Levy III
7037 Canal Blvd., Suite 206-207

Jamie Maria Manders
13201 Patterson Road

Francis G. Martello
1502 Amelia St.

John H. Moffatt Jr.
5809 Citrus Blvd., Suite 100

Jonah R. Moore
1534 Aline St.

Gizelle Poché Richard
4460 General Degaulle Drive
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Elizabeth Riggs
Elizabeth Riggs Dentistry
3442 Magazine St.

Alan H. Ripps
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave.

Jeffrey Kent Roby
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 700

Wallace George Serpas III
CBD Dental Care
316 Baronne St.

Chet A. Smith
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave., Suite 127

Kathryn L. Sturm
Audubon Dental Group
6120 Magazine St.

Kim M. Tolar
Tolar Family Dentistry
1534 Aline St.
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Sammy Tom
Audubon Dental Group
6120 Magazine St.

River Ridge

William Keith deJong
De Jong-Plaisance Family Dentists
10154 Jefferson Highway

Warren James Palmisano III
1847 Dock St., Suite 101

Kerry T. Plaisance Jr.
De Jong-Plaisance Family Dentists
10154 Jefferson Highway


Michael J. Appleton
Oak Harbor Family Dentistry
480 Oak Harbor Blvd.
(985) 649-9455

James Kevin Curley
2800 Gause Blvd. East, Suite D
(985) 649-7510

Randall Alan Evans
720 Robert Blvd
(985) 643-1852

John J. Killeen Jr.
110 Village Square
(985) 643-7516
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Michael Thomas Robichaux
1101 Robert Blvd., Suite A
(985) 641-8058

Stephen James Tomaszewski
Camellia City Family Dentistry
1275 Seventh St.
(985) 641-4444

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Ben A. Almerico
195 Greenbriar Blvd., Suite 100
(985) 892-9993


Russell L. Westfall
4600 Highway 22, Suite  4
(985) 624-8877


Anthony A. Indovina
5132 Lapalco Blvd


Michael S. Block
The Center for Dental Reconstruction
110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 112

Edward Joseph Boos
4224 Houma Blvd., Suite 670

Michael Gray Ferguson
Oral Surgery Services, L.L.C.
4420 Conlin St., Suite 203
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered

Walter Jackson
Jackson Oral Surgery & Implants
4051 Veterans Blvd., Suite 200

Robert Edward Lane
Southern Oral Surgery
4224 Houma Blvd, Suite 230

Demarcus Day Smith IV
Oral Surgery Services, L.L.C.
4420 Conlin St., Suite 203

Paul Joseph Walters
Oral Surgery Services, L.L.C.
4420 Conlin St., Suite 203

New Orleans

Charles Patrick Silvia Jr.
Southern Oral Surgery
3525 Prytania St., Suite 216

Robert Byron Brannon
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave., Suite 144

Ronald Francis Carr
1901 Perdido St., Suite 5103

Kitrina Gabrielle Cordell
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave.
PO Box 137


Laurie Lee Fricke
2301 North Highway 190, Suite 7
P.O. Box 1827
(985) 892-2081


Philip James Puneky
250 Meadowcrest St., Suite 202


Jack Patrick Devereux Jr.
Devereux & Nguyen Orthodontics
2800 Manhattan Blvd., Suite D

Robert Michael Watzke
1929 Jutland Drive


David Victor Scaffidi
527 West Esplanade Ave., Suite 101


William R. Ledoux
260 Dalwill Drive
(985) 674-1500

Ronald A. Madere
4010 Lonesome Road
(985) 626-0160


John O. Clotworthy
Clotworthy Orthodontics
1014 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Shannon K. Simons
3330 Kingman St., Suite 3

Carol A. Stuckey
701 Metairie Road, Suite 1A-204

New Orleans

Glenn Carl Dubroc Jr.
145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Suite 404

George Bradley Gottsegen
Gottsegen Orthodontics
3424 Coliseum St.

River Ridge

Daniel Paul Bordes
9537 Jefferson Highway


Kay D. Daniel
Explore Orthodontics
2960 Gause Blvd. East
(985) 641-2472

Michael J. Guevara
Guevara Orthodontics
1251 Seventh St.
(985) 641-3587

Pediatric Dentistry


Todd S. Brasuell
189 Greenbriar Blvd., Suite A
(985) 892-5942

Richard D. Olinde
180 Greenbrier Blvd.
(985) 892-5942
Cosmetic Dentistry Offered


Bryan Preston Frichter
Pediatric Dental Specialties
1230 S. Morrison Blvd.
(985) 902-4477

Thomas Hamer Wingo Jr.
1008 West Thomas St.
(985) 542-6855


Nicole R. Boxberger
Kids Dental Zone
4001 Lapalco Blvd., Suite 19


Claudia Anne Cavallino
Cavallino Pediatric Dentistry
3116 Sixth St., Suite 201

Pamela R. Shaw
Dentistry for Children
701 Metairie Road

Stanley Corbett Simons
3020 Kingman St., Suite A

New Orleans

Jill Donaldson
Bippo’s Place for Smiles
4061 Behrman Highway

Laura Pence Hogue
Westside Dental Group
4001 Macarthur Blvd.

Stephen C. Holmes
Uptown Pediatric Dentistry
3715 Prytania St., Sutie 380


Tessa M. Smith
Bippo’s Place for Smiles
2960 East Gause Blvd.
(985) 641-3988



Charles Thomas McCabe
250 Meadowcrest St., Suite 204


Marija G. Lasalle
Northlake Periodontics Advanced Laser Center
1580 West Causeway Approach, Suite 5
(985) 727-1133


Hisham F. Nasr
The Perio Clinic
337 Metairie Road, Suite 301

Barry L. Radell
3521 North Arnoult Road

A. Margarita Saenz
The Perio Clinic
337 Metairie Road, Suite 301

Aymee Spindler
2540 Severn Ave., Suite 402

Steven J. Spindler
2540 Severn Ave., Suite 402

New Orleans

Kristi M. Soileau
2820 Napoleon Ave., Suite 470


Thomas William Mabry
1241 7th St., Suite A
(985) 646-1421



Paulino Castellon
4228 Houma Blvd., Suite 210

Roger A. Vitter
4228 Houma Blvd., Suite 210

New Orleans

Laurie Frances Moeller
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
1100 Florida Ave., Suite 224


Robert John Rooney II
100 Smart Place
(985) 641-6607


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