At Ferrara Family Dentistry, we care about you personally and will go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and confidence throughout your care. You and your family will always leave smiling.

Meet F. Joseph Ferrara, DDS

Dr. Ferrara grew up in New Orleans and moved to Mandeville in 1991 with his parents and two younger brothers. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School and then LSU where he met his future wife Laura and finished magna cum laude. Dr. Ferrara graduated LSU Dental School in 2003, finishing with honors including entry into the C. Edmund Kells Honor Society and was awarded the General Dentistry Award. He has worked as a dentist on the Northshore since graduation and has been a resident of Madisonville since 2004. His wife, a veterinarian, works down the road at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital. They have two young children, Becca and Noah. Dr. Ferrara is happy to work in the town where he is raising his family and loves the atmosphere of Madisonville. The driving force behind his chosen career is the need to help others as well as the desire to work and create in fine detail with his hands. Personal connections with his patients are a priority to Dr. Ferrara. His special interests in dentistry include sedation dentistry, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

He has been an active member in local dental organizations, serving as the Treasurer for the local component of the American Dental Association for the past few years and was recently selected by his peers to serve as President in the next term. He is an active member at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and his hobbies include family, entertaining friends, movies, LSU & Saints football, and outdoor activities. Since childhood, he has been an avid Star Wars fan.

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Meet Sydney Lahasky, DDS

Dr. Sydney Lahasky grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana with her parents and three sisters, including an identical twin sister. She moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU, where she was introduced to dentistry. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then spent time as a dental assistant before attending LSU School of Dentistry, graduating in the top of her class.

Dr. Lahasky has always been drawn to the hands-on aspect of dentistry, providing patients with a solution, whether the problem be pain, discomfort, or cosmetic. As a child, Sydney was able to experience firsthand how one’s smile can impact their self-confidence. She loves how dentistry gives her the opportunity to instill that same self-confidence in her patients, confidence that every person deserves! She is eager to build relationships with her patients and serve the Northshore community.

For fun, you can find Dr. Lahasky at the beach, cheering on the LSU Tigers, or spending time with her family and friends.

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Meet Chewie

Chewbacca, AKA Chewie, is our Ferrara Family Dentistry mascot. He is a four year old golden doodle who can often be seen sporting a crooked smile near the front desk. Chewie was appropriately named in tribute to his work in the dental setting and also due to Dr. Ferrara’s love of Star Wars. We knew it was the right name when we discovered his birthday is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). He is a beloved pet of Dr. Ferrara and his family and a favorite of our patients. Don’t forget to say hi to Chewie when you visit our office. He will wag his tail and will be happy to greet you.

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Meet Obi

Meet Obi, our newest team member! He is eager to meet you and help you feel calm during your visit to our office.

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Kathleen LeBeau - Hygienist

Kathleen "Kate" LeBeau was born in Northeast Arkansas in the town of West Helena and was raised in Piggott, Arkansas. Kate had an interest in dentistry as a high school student when she became a dental assistant. After graduating high school, Kate went on to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Science for dental hygiene. In 2002, she graduated with an Associate of Dental Hygiene. She has three children and is very involved in cub scouts, league bowling and baseball.

"I like giving patients comfort", Kate said, "I want them to know that their concerns are heard and are always welcome." With over 20 years of hygiene experience and some prior years of dental assisting, we are lucky to have such a gentle and qualified dental team member.

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Kelly Heck - Hygienist

Kelly was born in New Orleans and moved to the Northshore in 1993. She graduated from Covington High School and went on to receive a degree in Psychology from Southeastern University. After graduating from Southeastern she decided to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene. In 2004 she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from LSU School of Dentistry. She has now been practicing for almost 16 years and resides in Bush with her husband Josh and two children. Kelly enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. Kelly loves interacting with her patients and making sure they have a very comfortable and positive experience.


You’ll never be treated like a number here. We get to know you personally to ensure you receive quality dentistry that best fits your needs. It’s what any good neighbor would do!

We treat you as a person.

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different and your dental needs are unique to you. Rather than pushing you through with cookie-cutter treatments like some dentists do, we get to know you personally so we can customize your dental care to meet your individual needs. You’re not a number – you’re a neighbor.

Inside our doors you'll feel at ease.

One key to a great dental experience is being able to relax and feel at home. We’ve created that kind of environment here. With blankets to keep you cozy, noise-canceling headphones to improve comfort, sedation options to ease anxious nerves and a well-trained team with an excellent chairside manner, we’re pretty confident your visit will be smooth and relaxing.

Our team is caring and compassionate.

We can’t stress enough how much we want you to know that we truly care about you. Sure, we may not know you yet, but we hope to build a relationship with you that lasts through the years. Our friendly team will treat you with genuine compassion and respect — just give us a chance! Your health and happiness are important to us.

You will be educated and informed.

Our goal isn’t just to fix your dental problems, it’s to help you avoid them in the first place! And we do that through detailed patient education. We will teach you proper at-home preventive measures and set a plan for routine dental checkups. We want to be your dentist for life, but we also want you to enjoy lasting oral health for life!

We keep up with emerging dental technology.

Dental technology is constantly changing and we’re changing right along with it! Keeping up with the most modern technology allows us to improve accuracy, speed, safety, comfort and quality. We are constantly researching emerging technology and will always invest in anything that will help us better serve you.

Your community is our community.

Chances are you’ve seen us around! That’s because we love this wonderful community we live in and and we try to be as involved as possible by giving back through our time, treasure and talents. Running into our patients at community events is a joy for us, so we hope to bump into you between your dental visits!

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