Our Staff takes pride in getting to know our patients personally.  Here are some brief descriptions so that you may get to know us better.


F. Joseph Ferrara - Dentist

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 has worked as a dentist on the Northshore since graduating LSU Dental School in 2003 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 is an active member at St. Anselm Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, and his hobbies include family, entertaining friends, movies, and outdoor activities.


Jessica Fortenberry - Hygienist

Jessica was born in Bogalusa, LA and moved to Madisonville in 2008. She is an honor graduate of Meridian College Dental Hygiene program. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award, which acknowledges excellence in clinical skills. She is certified in local anesthesia and has over twelve years of experience in the dental field. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and being on the water. Jessica takes pride in treating her patients with an above average standard of care.



Barbara "BJ" Easley - Dental Assistant

Barbara Jean Easley is known as "BJ" to her friends and family. She grew up in the small town of Kentwood where "everybody knows everybody," which BJ feels gives her an advantage in the dental field. BJ loves to get to know her patients and their families, and she goes the extra mile to make them feel like family in our dental office. She loves her job and takes pride in the work she does. BJ enjoys the opportunity to make people feel confident about their smiles. She has been an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant since 2007 and recently married her long time friend Michael Easley in May 2014. Her hobbies include being near the water as much as possible and working out.



Shelby Owens - Dental Assistant

Shelby grew up and currently lives in Independence, LA. She graduated with honors from Albany High School. Shelby attended Delta College for dental assisting, where she maintained the Dean's List each semester. In her spare time, Shelby enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. Shelby enjoys working as a dental assistant because of the caring atmosphere we cultivate here at our dental office and because of the personal relationships she is able to build with her patients.




Cara Martin- Office Manager

Cara grew up in Covington, LA. After Covington High School, she graduated from McNeese State University. She was certified as an EDDA dental assistant and went on to manage a pediatric dental office. Cara takes pride in getting the most out of her patients' insurance benefits and helping them understand what their insurance plans have to offer. Away from the office, Cara enjoys the time she spends with her two young daughters.



Ferrara Family Dentistry LLC

301 Covington St. 

Madisonville, LA 70447



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