New Dentists (Tiger Tracks)

Here's An Exciting Opportunity That YOU Can Take Advantage of As a Member of the ADA/LDA!

Could you use another $3,000?  How about $10,000 or more?

As a new dentist, you regularly face a lot of challenges. There are regulations affecting how you practice that you still need to learn, license/permits to obtain/maintain, etc.  There are contracts to figure out, from employment and insurance networks to medical waste disposal.  And what about all that student loan debt?!?! Did you know that the ADA and LDA can help you with ALL those things?

In particular, we are very excited about a brand new ADA member benefit that can save you thousands on those student loans. ADA members who are approved for student loan re-financing from DRBank will receive an additional .25% reduction off the lowest rate for which they qualify. That saves nearly $3,000 on a 10-year, $200,000 loan!  And, members with good credit will often qualify for a lower rate than other lenders offer even BEFORE the .25% discount.  Compared to the government set rates for most student loans, that can add up to savings in the tens of thousands of dollars! But this benefit is only available to you as long as you remain an ADA member.  So, why not renew your membership today?!  And, then check out your great benefits, including savings on student loans, by going to:

Dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago are considered new dentists. The LDA has a Council on the New Dentist and they are dentists with the issues and concerns of new dentists in mind. The council consists of one member from each of the component societies, as well as a chairperson. This council will represent, promote, and support new dentists and dental students. It will also help as a peer and resource with the integration of new dentists into their community and into organized dentistry.

Annually, this council works with the Council on Membership and Dental Practice to host functions with the LSU School of Dentistry (LSUSD) students, including Lunch and Learns.

Annually, the LDA also produces a booklet, Tiger Tracks, with new dentist resources that is given to LSUSD graduating seniors, as well as to any other member that requests the information.

New dentists should also make special note of Louisiana Dental Services, Inc. (LDS) and LDA endorsed products and services. LDS is the for-profit subsidiary of the LDA. Its many quality programs are a vital source of funding for such projects as the LDA Journal, the Louisiana Dental News and the LDA’s website. LDS programs offer dental-related products and services of superior quality at significant discounts available exclusively to LDA members. Plus, if you have any problems using any of the endorsed companies, you have a personal advocate through LDS. (Link to LDS/LDA Endorsed Companies under the News and Information for Your Practice section)

Approved as leaders in quality and value for their particular industry, all LDS endorsed products and services participate in a royalty plan that provides income to LDS whenever members use them. This non-dues revenue helps to keep LDA membership dues as low as possible.

The ADA also has new dentist resources available to our members, including a New Dentist blog. For more information, go to or visit the blog at

 LDA Council on the New Dentist Members

Dr. Ross Quartano (Northlake)
(985) 626-3348

Dr. Kristopher P. Rappold
(504) 347-6000

Dr. John E. Levin
(337) 236-9880

Dr. Heber C. Tuft
(318) 410-0044
Dr. Benjamin Ber
(985) 917-0084
Dr. Ross Quartano (chair)
(985) 626-3348

Dr. Kim S. Dukes
(318) 473-4346

Dr. McKenzy K. Boyd
(318) 425-5356

Dr. Mathieu Kramer Irby
(225) 926-1059
Dr. Esperanza Prato
(337) 437-7107

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