Dr. Tingstrom is a graduate of the Louisiana
State University School of Dentistry where she received her DDS
(Doctorate of Dental Surgery).
Dr. Tingstrom received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from
the University of New Orleans.
At UNO, she was honored with many awards including the Edgar
E. Burks Award, which is the highest leadership award given to a
single student at the University.
She continues this leadership role in her profession of
dentistry by staying current with the latest dental technology and
techniques. She is
dedicated to providing the best care to her patients in a pain-free
Tingstrom believes in continuing education and is a part of the
Academy of General Dentistry, ADA, LDA, and NODA. She is
currently a Member-At-Large on the Board of the New Orleans Dental
Association. Dr. Tingstrom is also the College of Sciences
Representative on the UNO Alumni Board of Directors.
She is currently a Member-At-Large on the Board of the New Orleans Dental Association. Dr. Tingstrom is also the College of Sciences Representative on the UNO Alumni Board of Directors.
Dr. Tingstrom was born in Thibodaux, LA, and her family moved to Kenner, LA when she was 3 years old. She was raised in Kenner and has attended school in the New Orleans area since high school. She loves living in the New Orleans area and embraces the culture of the city. She enjoys eating at different restaurants in New Orleans, going to festivals, salsa dancing, traveling, and learning new languages.
Dr. Marin received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He earned his undergraduate bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Biological Sciences while also minoring in Chemistry. While in dental school, Dr. Marin was elected by his professors to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society founded for the purpose of encouraging scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the dental profession. He strives to always be compassionate towards his patients while providing the best dental care possible.
Dr. Marin was born on the Westbank and raised in the New Orleans, LA area. Dr. Marin is fluent in Spanish. Both his father and mother are from Nicaragua. He enjoys working out and staying active, traveling, trying new food and restaurants, attending local events and festivals, and cheering on the Saints, Pelicans, and LSU Tigers.
Dental Hygiene Team
Melissa is a graduate of the LSU School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene program. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in May of 2009. She also received official certification for the administration of local anesthesia in May 2009. Melissa was very active in her years as a dental hygiene student. She was a Student Government Representative from Fall 2007-Spring 2009 and attended the Louisiana Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Session in Baton Rouge in March 2008. She was also involved in community projects like the Relay for Life, a fundraiser to promote awareness involving oral cancer.
Melissa is a native of Gonzales, LA. She is a graduate of East Ascension High School where she was an honor student and a member of the dance team. Her passion for dance led her to eventually become a member of the Saintsations, the official dance team of the NFL's New Orleans Saints. Although she no longer dances with the Saintsations, Melissa is still an avid Saints fan and season ticket holder. In addition to cheering on the Saints, Melissa also enjoys singing, running and working out regularly. Melissa has been happily married since March 2012. She lives in the Lakeview area with her husband and their baby daughter. Melissa has also taken multiple CE courses alongside Dr. Anderson since joining the Mid-City Smiles team. Her energy and knowledge in the field of oral hygiene make her an essential team member.
Betsy graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in May of 1979. While attending Loyola she participated in LUCAP (Loyola University Community Action Program), a program in which she assisted in the classroom of a local school. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, LDHA (Louisiana Dental Hygienist Association) and the New Orleans Dental Hygienist Association. Betsy is licensed to practice dental hygiene in two states –Louisiana and Colorado.
Betsy grew up in Westport, Connecticut and moved to the South to attend university. After graduating from Loyola, she married a New Orleans’ native and began practicing dental hygiene in the New Orleans area. In 1993, she and her husband, along with their three children, moved to Russia to do missionary work. After living in Russia for three years, her family moved to China to teach English. While living in Xi’an, China, Betsy volunteered at Bai Ping Dental Clinic, where she was able to practice dental hygiene and give lectures on dental health. Betsy was able to educate the staff at the clinic about the importance of the field of dental hygiene, which is almost nonexistent in China. In 2004, Betsy returned to the US and began working as a hygienist in uptown New Orleans. Even after returning to the States, educating others about the importance of good dental hygiene remains very important to her. She has volunteered at local public schools and community centers, where she was able to give presentations to children about correct dental care and healthy habits. She recently joined our staff and, after studying Russian and Mandarin, is ambitiously tackling another language, Spanish.
Shannon is a graduate of the LSU School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene program. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2011. That same year she also received her official certification for the administration of local anesthesia. Shannon is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association. She is also an active member of the Louisiana Dental Hygienist Association, having attended their annual conference each year since 2011.
Shannon was born in Tampa, Fla but moved to Destrehan, LA by the time she was 3 years old. She was raised and has lived in Destrehan ever since. Shannon graduated from Destrehan High School where she was an honor student and a member of the school dance team each year. After high school Shannon attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where she completed her pre-dental hygiene studies. From there she went on to LSU's Dental Hygiene program in New Orleans. Dancing has been Shannon's main pastime growing up for most of her life. Now she mostly enjoys trying out different restaurants, traveling whenever she gets a chance, and most of all spending quality time with her husband and baby daughter, Savannah.
Front Office Team
Joy Gomez, Office Manager
Joy is a native of southern California and was raised in nearby Tijuana, Mexico. In 2000 she moved to New Orleans with her family. After graduating from West Jefferson High School, Joy entered Bryman College where she trained and became certified in Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology. Joy has been working alongside Dr. Anderson since April of 2005. She worked as his personal dental assistant from 2005 to 2007 and also worked in the front office of his prior location gaining much expertise in all matters pertaining to office management. Joy has also completed multiple hours of CE courses pertaining to dental care and management. At Mid-City Smiles, Joy is the front office manager. She handles and oversees all the front office duties including insurance and billing. Joy and her husband currently reside in the westbank area of New Orleans with their two sons, Nahum and Ansel, and two baby twin daughters, Abigail and Giselle.
Dayana is a native of Guantanamo, Cuba. She moved here to New Orleans with her family in 2005. Dayana is a graduate of Grace King High School and is currently a student at Delgado. This is Dayana's first experience working in a dental office. She has been a member of our front office team since October of 2009 and has become highly proficient in all the front office duties. Dayana has already completed multiple CE courses in dental education. At Mid-City Smiles, Dayana assists Joy in the front office and primarily works at the check-in desk, greeting all patients as they enter the office and verifying patient's insurance benefits. Dayana's warm personality and cheerful attitude have been a welcome addition to the Mid-City Smiles team.
Photo and bio coming soon!
Dental Assisting Team
Jeannete Salas, DDS, EDDA
Jeannete Salas is a native of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Jeannete is a dentist in her native Bolivia. She received her DDS degree from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia in 1999. Jeannete had her own private practice in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from 1999 to 2006. Here in Santa Cruz, the largest and most industrialized city in Bolivia, Jeannete gained a wealth of experience and expertise in dental private practice. She became especially skilled in the areas of prosthodontics and oral surgery. Amid political turmoil in Bolivia in 2006, Jeannete decided to try her luck in the United States. Fortunately for us she decided to come to New Orleans. Jeannete has served as Dr. Anderson's personal dental assistant since January of 2008. In mid 2008 Jeannete trained at the LSU School of Dentistry and received certification in dental radiology and state certification as an expanded duty dental assistant (EDDA). Jeannete has also attended multiple CE courses alongside Dr. Anderson. Jeannete's ultimate goal is to attain her dental license to practice here in the United States. Until that time comes, she is happy and feels fortunate to work in her field. At Mid-City Smiles, Jeannete leads the back office team. She assists Dr. Anderson in all dental procedures including orthodontics. In addition to this, Dr Anderson allows Jeannete to participate in the treatment planning of many cases.
Joselyn Roussel, EDDA
Joselyn is a native of La Ceiba, Honduras. In 1998, following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, Joselyn relocated with her family to Miami and then eventually moved to New Orleans in 2002 . Joselyn is a graduate of West Jefferson High School where she was an honor student and played soccer for all four years. After high school, Joselyn attended the University of New Orleans. While attending UNO, Joselyn worked part time as a dental assistant with Dr. Anderson starting in January of 2008. In mid 2008, Joselyn trained at the LSU School of Dentistry and received certification in dental radiology and state certification as an expanded duty dental assistant (EDDA). Over the years, Joselyn has attended multiple CE courses with Dr. Anderson on various topics ranging from office team builing to dental forensics. In the fall of 2012, Joselyn graduated from UNO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In the spring of 2013, Joselyn married her husband Kyle. Together they currently reside in Chalmette.
At Mid-City Smiles, Joselyn is a very versatile member of the team. She primarily works as a chairside assistant in all procedures including orthodontics and she also helps out in the front office when needed. Joselyn's main role involves dealing with all dental supply representatives. She is in charge of ordering all the dental supplies and keeping the office inventory on track. In addition, Joselyn also helps manage our office's sterilization protocol.
Jessica Duran, EDDA
Jessica is a native of New Orleans and actually grew up here in Mid-City just a couple of blocks away from Mid-City Smiles. Like most of the employees here, Jessica is fluent in Spanish. Her mother is a native of Nicaragua and her father is a native of Costa Rica. After graduating from East Jefferson High School, Jessica enrolled at Blue Cliff College in Metairie in the dental assisting program. At Blue Cliff, Jessica received the highest academic honors in her class. Prior to graduating from Blue Cliff, Jessica started her clinical externship program here at Mid-City Smiles. We immediately recognized that Jessica was a star so naturally she was hired after the completion of her externship in January of 2012. In April of 2012, Jessica completed the expanded duty dental assisting course at the LSU School of Dentistry and received state certification as an official expanded duty dental assistant. At MCS, Jessica works alongside Dr. Anderson as a full time dental assistant. She is proficient in all assisting duties including orthodontics and also is the main technical assistant for the new digital CT Scanner Radiography machine here at Mid-City Smiles. Jessica and her daughter Paris currently reside in New Orleans.
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