Born and raised in Ville Platte, Dr. Fontenot has strong roots in the Acadiana area. At a young age, his parents taught him about the importance of customer and patient care. With Dr. Fontenot's mother as a registered nurse and his father, an established family dentist in Ville Platte, he learned early on to take pride in caring for patients.
He graduated from LSU Alexandria - Magna Cum Laude - with a BS in Biological Sciences and later furthered his education, receiving a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. Dr. Fontenot graduated top of his class at LSU with many prestigious awards including the following: C. Edmund Kells, OKU Dental Honor Society, Academy of General Dentistry Senior Award, Academy of Operative Dentistry Senior Award, International Congress of Oral Implantologists Senior Award, American Academy of Periodontology Senior Award, and American Academy Implant Dentistry Senior Award.
After dental school, he accepted and completed a General Dentistry Residency at University of Florida College of Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL. At the University of Florida, he learned all of the disciplines in-depth with a special emphasis on full mouth reconstruction and surgery utilizing dental implants, crowns, veneers, and removable prosthetics.
Since completing his residency, Dr. Fontenot has done more than 500 hours of Continuing Dental Education in orthodontics (certified provider Six Month Smiles and Invisalign), bone grafts, dental implants (certified provider of Nobel Boicare, sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide, oral sedation) practice management, rotary endodontics, gum grafts, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatrics. He has a strong desire to learn from the best teachers across the country and use the latest technology to provide the highest quality patient care.
For the past few years, Dr. Fontenot worked at his father's dental practice in Ville Platte and multiple health centers throughout Acadiana. From this experience, he was able to increase his scope of practice to pediatrics - allowing him to treat adults and children in his current practice.
Dr. Fontenot has been married to his high-school sweetheart for almost 10 years. They have one beautiful little girl, Lilah Kate Fontenot, who is 4 years-old and a son, Liam Paul, who is 2 and a half. His wife is a teacher at a local Catholic school, St. Leo-Seton. Dr. Fontenot lives with his family in Carencro - and they love it. He enjoys exercising, movies, music, and hanging out with friends and family.
Showing early enthusiasm for biological sciences and educational pursuits, she then attended Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts for gifted students in Natchitoches, LA. Having always been a fan of traveling and new experiences, Dr. Porter decided to attend an out-of-state college in Atlanta, GA and received her BS in Biopsychology.
From a young age and with influence from her mother who is a nurse practitioner, Dr. Porter always had an interest in healthcare. During the summer of her sophomore year in college, she began shadowing and volunteering at the free health clinic Community Healthworx in Alexandria, LA. Though introduced to a variety of different healthcare fields, Dr. Porter was most drawn to the field of dentistry. Experiencing the gratitude of patients, long-term relationships between the dentist and community, and the complexity and creativity involved in the practice of dentistry, she knew this was the career she wanted to pursue.
In 2021 Dr. Porter graduated with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. During her dental school experience she enjoyed her participation in groups such as PSI Omega Dental Fraternity, LIGHT, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and Student National Dental Association all of which held a high emphasis on community outreach, service, and betterment. Dr. Porter often could be found participating in service events such as Sealant Day, Extraction Day at Argyle Advanced Dental Care, and regular volunteer work at Dallas homeless shelters and soup kitchens such as Dallas Life and The Stewpot.
After graduating from dental school, Dr. Porter decided to further expand her dental education with the completion of a General Practice Residency through LSU in New Orleans. In doing so she was able to gain exposure to a variety of complex cases and procedures, and completed certifications in moderate sedation and advanced cardiac life support.
Though she's enjoyed the experience of new cities and states, she is happy to return near home and is excited to provide exceptional dental care to the Acadian community. Outside of the practice of dentistry, Dr. Porter will likely be found experiencing new restaurants and enjoying the excellent Cajun cuisine and live music that Lafayette and Carencro have to offer.
Mckenzie joined Fontenot Family Dentistry in October of 2015. She is certified in CPR and expanded duties. She has taken courses in sedation that she applies to the office in making sure our patients are extra comfortable. She strives in giving our patients the best care possible! Mckenzie and her husband enjoy spending time together with family and friends. Outside of the office, she enjoys shopping, working out, and spending time with her new niece Meredith Kate!
Mel joined Dr. Fontenot and his team in July of 2015 after graduating from LSU school of Dentistry. She was one of six selected students from the Lafayette satellite program. She received Lafayette's Outstanding Student Award, The Irma Miner Scholarship, Who's Who among Students in American University Colleges, and The Golden Scaler Award. Mel is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. She also participates in many community activities. She enjoys attending Special Smiles every year associated with the Special Olympics in Carencro. Her roots are in the heart of her favorite and home town city, Carencro. Mel loves building relationships with her patients while providing the best oral hygiene care. When not in the office, Mel enjoys working out, shopping, makeup, and spending time with family!
Mallory joined Fontenot Family Dentistry in November of 2018. After completing her prerequisites at LSU, Mallory was acceped into the LSUHSC Dental Hygiene satellite program in Lafeyette. She graduated in the top 4 of her class while also receiving the Patient Excellence award. Mallory strives to make patients feel comfortable and confident in their own smile. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside in her garden and relaxing with family, friends and her husband, Mark.
Emilie joined Fontenot Family Dentistry In Late December of 2015. She is our Lead dental assistant and works alongside Dr. Fontenot during procedures. She thrives to help our team grow and feel confident! Her goal is to treat all of her patients with compassion and honesty and create a comfortable environment. Outside of work, she loves spending quality time with her friends and her family!
Taylor joined Fontenot Family Dentistry in November of 2017 after completing the dental assistant program at Southwest Dental Academy. She works alongside Dr. Fontenot during procedures and manages facility supplies. Her focus is the patient experience and making sure you are comfortable. She communicates with the patient before and during the procedure to alleviate any dental anxiety.
When she is not at the office, she enjoys family time with her husband and daughter, Meredith. She hopes to continue her career here working with the fabulous patients and wonderful co-workers for years to come.
Josie is a Carencro native, and the amiable face that patients will meet at the front desk. She is an insurance and billing coordinator at Fontenot Family Dentistry, and is always ready to help patients with any questions or concerns. From scheduling appointments to processing insurance claims, Josie's number one priority is serving patients and making dental visits a pleasurable experience. She has been with Fontenot family dentistry for 2 years. Outside of the office, Josie loves to spend her free time with family, friends, traveling and partakes in makeup artistry!
Gabby joined Fontenot Family Dentistry in August of 2019. After finishing her pre-requisites at LSU in Baton Rouge, she graduated from the Lafayette satellite program for LSU School of Dentistry. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received The Irma Miner Scholarship, The Shirley Mae Stevens Bienvenue Scholarship and the Excellence in Special Care Dentistry Award. Gabby strives to inform and educate her patients about their oral health, while being open to learning more thing about the dental field. She finds it gratifying to build relationships with her patients and do what she can to help them overcome any dental fears and feel confident in their smile. On her downtime, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Maci joined Fontenot Family Dentistry in September of 2020 after completing the Dental Assisting program at Acadiana Area Career College. She works alongside Dr. Fontenot during procedures. Her main focus is to keep all patients comfortable and happy with their smile. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, close friends, and shopping. In the years to come, Maci hopes to grow at Fontenot Family Dentistry with her patients and coworkers.