Meet Our Doctors

Dentist - Dr. Steven E. Ripple, D.D.S.

Doctor RippleDr. Steven Ripple has been practicing pediatric dentistry since 1988. He is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Jesuit High School. He attended Louisiana State University for his undergraduate degree and continued there in the LSU School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. He also completed a Pediatric Dental Residency program at the University of Kentucky with extensive training in anesthesia, as well as treating medically compromised, handicapped and special needs children.

While at LSU, Dr. Ripple was the captain of the LSU Tiger Football Team and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for highest scholastic average during his career and the Butch Duhe Memorial Award for the senior who typified all American youth. During dental school, he continued to excel and was the recipient of the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award for outstanding achievement and also the American Society of Dentistry for Children’s Award for outstanding interest and proficiency in dentistry for children. He also served as Student Body President for two years.

Dr. Ripple and his wife, Jan Meador, are the parents of three children and proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Orthodontist - Dr. Matthew Leftwich, D.D.S, MS

Dr. Matt

Dr. Matthew Leftwich, a New Orleans native, graduated from Ridgewood Preparatory School in Metairie. He pursued his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of New Orleans. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU School of Dentistry and graduated in the top 10% of his dental class. While at LSUSD, he received a scholarship from the LSU Board of Regents and was awarded the respected Baldridge Scholarship. He was inducted into the Edmund C. Kells honor society and was part of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Society.

In order to be an orthodontic specialist, dentists must be accepted into an accredited residency program of at least two or more years after completing dental school. Dr. Leftwich furthered his education by completing an orthodontic residency program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his residency, he also received a Master’s of Science Degree in Dentistry.‚Äč

Being an orthodontist allows Dr. Leftwich the unique opportunity to treat a variety of dental problems, and help to positively influence his patient's self-esteem. His goal is to maintain a fun, friendly environment where patients feel comfortable and respected. Dr Leftwich has a genuine love for people and enjoys making a positive difference in his patient's smiles and also their lives.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon - Dr. David Ashley MD, DMD

Dr. David Ashley

Dr. David Ashley is originally from Arkansas but moved to Alabama to pursue a career in Medicine. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he became a Doctor of Medicine and Medical Dentistry. He is a licensed physician and dentist in the state of Alabama. Dr. Ashley also holds certifications in ACLS, BLS, PALS, and ATLS.

Dr. Ashley completed his Oral and Maxillofacial residency at UAB, and has also conducted medical research with UAB, NIH, and NASA. His oral and maxillofacial training includes oral pathology, dental extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and IV/general anesthesia. 

Dr. Ashley served on medical mission trips in Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Guyana, and Mexico. He also works in the Emergency Room to keep up to date with medical knowledge and experience. 

Dr. Ashley and his wife Katie Ashley are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters. 

Smile Stars Pediatric Dentistry

  • Baton Rouge Location - 10522 S. Glenstone Pl., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Phone: 225-769-5377 Fax: 225-769-7910
  • Prairieville Location - 15097 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, LA 70769 Phone: 225-313-4245

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