Barataria Dental, a dental office serving Marrero and surrounding communities since 1965, is a family dentistry practice in more than one respect. Family dentistry is central to what Barataria Dental does, and all ages will find that this local dentist can answer their dental needs. Beyond that, however, family dentistry at Barataria Dental refers to the dentists themselves.

Founded in 1965 by Dr. Guy Ribando, Barataria Dental is now the dental office of two of his daughters. Dr. Maria Ribando Burmaster and her sister Dr. Valerie Ribando Hemphill have helped to maintain Barataria Dental as one of the preferred dentists in the Marrero area.

A practice consisting of sisters is exceptional; a practice consisting of sisters with such a strong background in family dentistry is even more remarkable. Barataria Dental’s doctors bring to this local dentist office in New Orleans area a passion for their profession as well as years of training.

Both Dr. Maria and Dr. Valerie attended Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. In 1993, together they received their Doctorates of Dental Surgery. Since their graduation from dental school, each of these Marrero dentists has sought further training to keep up with the latest developments in family dentistry. In order to learn current techniques in diagnosing and treating TMJ, Dr. Maria attended the St. Petersburg Center for Advanced Dental Studies. There she also received instruction about the Invisalign process. Dr. Valerie also took secondary courses about TMJ, Invisalign and occlusion from the Dawson Center. Each has undertaken other courses as well, all in the service of providing the patients of Barataria Dental with the best of care. Both dentists are members of the Crescent City branch of the Seattle Study Club, a group dedicated to lifelong learning among dentists.

In addition to running a respected dental office in the Marrero area, the doctors of Barataria Dental also contribute in other ways to the community. For instance, both Dr. Valerie and Dr. Maria volunteer their skills to a program called Donated Dental Services, which provides dental care to disabled persons otherwise unable to afford it. Both dentists are also active church members.

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