Why did Dr. Jackson become a dentist?

Long before NOLA Smiles Dental Solutions was established, Dr. Jackson became personally acquainted with the profound impact that dentistry can have in one’s life when she lost one of her teeth at the age of 19. She wanted to feel whole again, so she saved and invested in the best option that dentistry had to offer – a dental implant (which is still in service to this day).

A passion was kindled within Dr. Jackson through these experiences, and she began the journey to become a dentist. In the course of acquiring the necessary education for acceptance to dental school, Dr. Jackson completed the Dental Laboratory Technology program at the LSUHSC School of Dentistry. This training in dental design and fabrication would ultimately come to fruition within not only her practice (by enabling Same Day Crowns), but also to the extent of providing lab services directly to her colleagues through her affiliated dental lab, NOLA Smiles Dental Laboratory.

What is Dr. Jackson’s educational background?

The most advanced equipment in dentistry doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t know how to put it to good use. Throughout her life, Dr. Jackson has strongly believed in the value of education and training. More than just an idle conviction, she has invested an incredible amount of time and resources in training through various venues. While the knowledge gained through lectures and hands-on experience is valuable in and of itself, the ongoing collaboration with her fellow professionals has been the greatest asset in Dr. Jackson’s career as a general dentist.

Dr. Jackson has completed over 2,300 hours in continuing dental education since May of 2007, including a sizable number of participation-based courses. To put this achievement in perspective, it would take over 1 year of training for 8 hours a day, 5 days per week in order to match the scope of Dr. Jackson’s post-graduate training (all while helping patients on a full-time basis). Even after nine consecutive years of service as a general dentist, Dr. Jackson continues to acquire nearly 250 hours of training per year among her emphasized disciplines.

She earned the Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2012, preceded by the Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Jackson is also board eligible with the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD), since she passed the written ABGD Board Examination during June of 2012. General dentistry is Dr. Jackson’s core discipline, but she has been actively pursuing the credentialing process for both Orthodontics and Dental Implants. She recently attained Mastership status through her studies with the International Dental Implant Association during March of 2014.

Dr. Jackson earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the LSUHSC School of Dentistry in May of 2007, where she previously completed the Dental Laboratory Technology program in 1997. She also earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Orleans in 1998, which she utilized in research positions at both LSUHSC School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital that culminated in the publication of two co-authored journal articles.

What does Dr. Jackson do in her spare time?

Dr. Jackson enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and two children, John and Alaina. She likes traveling (especially for the occasional family trip), gardening, trying unique cuisine and Flamenco dancing (as taught by international performer, Eliza Llewellyn). During NOBA’s ballet season, you can often find Dr. Jackson enjoying their stellar performances at Mahalia Jackson Theater with her husband. Every now and then, Dr. Jackson also likes to undertake renovation projects alongside her father, James. While the process of construction can be frustrating, she loves putting her eye for elegant, functional design to good use with such endeavors.

Dr. Jackson and her family are also active members of Celebration Church in Metairie, where they support various ministries as time and opportunity allows.