Elizabeth Ponder, DMD
Dr. Elizabeth Ponder is a native of Baton Rouge, where she graduated from University High School. She went on to study at Tulane University, majoring in Biology and French. Dr. Ponder received her dental degree from Boston University, then moved back to Louisiana to complete a General Practice Residency at LSU School of Dentistry. She and her husband love living in New Orleans and cheering on the LSU Tigers, the Tulane Green Wave and the New Orleans Saints.

Katherine Tran, D.D.S.
Meet Dr. Katherine Tran, a native of New Orleans East. Dr. Tran achieved her doctorate degree from LSU School of Dentistry in 2021. During her academic journey, she earned the Robert F. Eastman Excellence in Operative Dentistry award and received recognition for outstanding achievement from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Before her dental career, Dr. Tran volunteered on mission trips to Guatemala and Brazil, simply wanting to help those in need. During dental school, she had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and provide dental services to underserved communities. These experiences strengthened her commitment to creating a welcoming environment for her patients, ensuring their comfort and a positive dental journey.

Beyond her dental expertise, Dr. Tran extends her skill set to the realm of facial aesthetics. She provides Botox treatments not only for alleviating TMJ issues and reducing wrinkles but also various other cosmetic purposes. Dr. Tran’s proficiency extends to dermal fillers, which she uses to achieve facial balance and rejuvenation. Her commitment to enhancing both oral health and overall facial aesthetics showcases her dedication to your complete well-being. Beyond her professional life, she’s an avid pickleball player who cherishes quality time with her family and her two furry companions.

These diverse interests reflect Dr. Tran’s dynamic personality and her dedication to holistic well-being. With her gentle and caring approach, Dr. Katherine Tran is committed to providing you with exceptional dental care.

Jonathan Nguyen, D.D.S.
Dr. Jonathan Nguyen was born and raised in New Orleans. He received his undergraduate degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Dr. Nguyen’s hobbies include playing music and learning new musical instruments. He is a pianist and would like to learn the guitar.

Aatiqah Khalid, D.M.D.
Dr. Khalid was born in India and grew up in Missouri. She graduated magna cum laude from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree and a certificate in Dental Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Khalid went on to complete a General Residency program at LSU Health Science Center School of Dentistry. During her time off, Dr. Khalid enjoys traveling with her husband, working out, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Tam Vu, D.M.D
Dr. Tam Vu was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Vu enjoys volleyball and sunsets at the beach.

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

Randy Roth, DDS – Orthodontist
Dr. Randy Roth was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU School of Dentistry and completed his orthodontic residency there as well. In his free time, Dr. Roth enjoys working on cars, fishing and spending time with his family and dog.

Joseph R. Lacoste Jr., DDS
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.

Jeffrey Wiggins, DDS
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.