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Joseph R. Lacoste, Jr. D.D.S.

Dr. Lacoste was born and raised in the New Orleans area. After graduating high school from The New Orleans Academy in 1972, he began his undergraduate studies at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, but ultimately received his undergraduate degree at 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 began practicing as a solo dentist with a single dental chair on St. Claude Avenue in 1980. From the beginning of his professional career, he devoted himself to a “Gentle Dental” concept within his dental practice, addressing patient anxiety with understanding and reassurance.

In the early 1990’s, Dr. Lacoste brought his “Gentle Dental” message to the airwaves, hosting a weekly live radio show on WTIX called “The Gentle Dental Spotlight.” The highlight of the radio show was the conversation that ensued when listeners would call in to speak about their dental fears. Dr. Lacoste has always felt that dental fear has played just as significant a role towards tooth loss as decay or gum disease.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lacoste has been able to bring together a large, diversified and talented group of dentists and dental specialists who collectively share and promote the principles of “Gentle Dental” care. The small New Orleans office has grown to group practices in nine locations throughout Southeast Louisiana: Covington, Slidell, Hammond, Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Bogalusa, Boutte, Raceland, Gonzales, and, of course, St. Claude Avenue in the Ninth Ward and Bywater area of New Orleans.

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.


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H. Joseph Le, D.D.S.
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.

Taro Digney, D.D.S
Dr. Digney was born in Minot, North Dakota and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating from C.E. Byrd High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. He went on to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry in 2006. Dr. Digney is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and the New Orleans Dental Association. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and travelling.

Jeff Reynolds, D.D.S.
Dr. Reynolds was born and raised in Destrehan, Louisiana, and graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University in 2006 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the American Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a huge fan of “anything LSU”.

Joshua Hafford, D.D.S.
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. He¹s married and has no children. Dr. Hafford enjoys Saints, Hornets and LSU sports, as well as golf and fishing.

Luis Moncada, D.M.D. - Periodontist
Dr. Moncada was raised in Miami, Florida, where he attended Florida International University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2002. He then attended Boston University and earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. After graduating, he practiced general dentistry in the Boston area and was appointed to the position of Managing Clinical Director of a group practice.

His quest for knowledge and understanding of dentistry led him to pursue a three-year highly specialized program of Periodontal and Implant training at Louisiana State University. During his residency, Dr. Moncada dedicated much of his time to research involving the genetic factors of aggressive periodontal disease as well as clinical studies involving early placement of dental implants. His research and studies helped shape his belief that Periodontics is the foundation of dentistry. Dr. Moncada is committed to providing optimal and comprehensive treatments that restore the mouth to a healthy state free from gum disease.

Dr. Moncada is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontics, Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, and served as Vice President of the Hispanic Dental Association. He and his wife, Jennifer, are active Uptown Lions Club members and enjoy getting involved in projects dedicated to rebuilding and preserving New Orleans' music and artistic culture. They are proud to call Louisiana home.

Jessica B. Ulmer, D.D.S. - Orthodontist
Dr. Ulmer received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. After completing a one-year general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital of New Orleans, she completed a 30-month program at St. Louis University and earned her MSD for research in clinical orthodontics. Dr. Ulmer is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Edward V. Brown, III, D.D.S. - Orthodontist
Dr. Edward Brown III, known by his patients as Dr. Ed, attended the University of Virginia. He received his dental degree and Advanced Education in General Dentistry training from Louisiana State University. Dr. Brown received his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry from St. Louis University and has conducted original research studies on a number of topics. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Louisiana Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Association, Northlake Dental Association, Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, Louisiana Association of Orthodontists, and the New Orleans Postgraduate Study Club. Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.