BRING YOUR FAMILY TO MEET OURS
Bonaventure Dental Care is located at 13431 Tiger Bend Road in beautiful Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At Bonaventure Dental Care, we’re all about keeping your smile healthy and keeping you comfortable. At Bonaventure Dental Care, we strive to make our office warm, friendly and inviting. Our caring staff can help children and adults with dental anxiety relax and enjoy their appointments. Bonaventure Dental Care is a judgment-free and lecture-free zone. All of the team members in our office care most about keeping you healthy. Our expertise and advanced techniques can give you the confidence to show off your smile.
MEET DR. JUSTIN K. BONAVENTURE, DDS
A Baton Rouge native and Catholic High School graduate, Dr. Bonaventure earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU’s School of Dentistry. Dr. Bonaventure devotes himself to mastering established and cutting-edge dental techniques, providing his patients with quality care tailored to their needs.
Dr. Bonaventure is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association, where he served as President in 2012.
In his free time, Dr. Bonaventure enjoys duck hunting, saltwater fishing, playing golf, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and daughters, Layla, Anna Kathryn, Reese, and Mary Mims.
MEET DR. DANIEL MEGISON, DDS
Before joining the Bonaventure Dental Care Team, Dr. Megison owned his own dental practice for 21 years. Originally a native of Shreveport, he came to LSU for his undergraduate degree, then finished dental school at LSUDS. After a 2 year dental residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, he settled in Baton Rouge to start his practice.
Dr. Megison is a member of the American Dental Association and the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association.
In his free time, Dr. Megison enjoys golfing, woodworking, and traveling with his wife, Kathy and his children, Daniel and Hannah.
MEET THE BONAVENTURE DENTAL CARE FAMILY
Jodi Runfalo, EDDA
Jodi is the Clinical Coordinator in the office. Jodi’s extensive education and dental background makes her a valued team member in our office. Her goal as our Clinical Manager is to always maintain excellence in patient care. She graduated from Delta College with a certificate in dental assisting. She brings a wealth of knowledge, personal wellness, and professionalism along with true patient compassion and will be there to help you bring out your best smile. In her spare time, Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband, Clay, and two daughters, Carlyle and Josie.
Alexis Shelton, EDDA
Alexis the head assistant of Bonaventure Dental Care. Alexis grew up in Arkansas before moving to Baton Rouge for undergrad at LSU, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She is currently working on her Masters in Healthcare Administration. She is always eager to learn and help her patients feel as comfortable as possible. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys traveling with her husband, Alex, and their black labs, Brody and Riley.
Dani Ahrens, RDH
Dani has been a dental hygienist at Bonaventure Dental Care since 2015. She grew up in Maurice, LA and received her RDH degree in Chicago, where she lived for 20 years before moving to Baton Rouge in 2014. She loves spending time with her husband and 2 boys, and drinking wine. Dani enjoys spending time educating her patients and making them feel comfortable at our dental office. Her specialty is telling cool dad jokes and driving Dr. Bonaventure crazy.
Kaitlyn Schexnayder, EDDA
Kaitlyn is a Dental Assistant at Bonaventure Dental Care. Kaitlyn has been working with Dr. Bonaventure for the past four years, ensuring top level patient comfort and care. Kaitlyn grew up in Ascension Parish and attended our in house dental assisting school, Dental Assisting Academy of Louisiana. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She is always ready to help and comes to work with a smile on her face.
Karlee Castello Laney, RDH
Karlee joined the BDC team in 2019. A Baton Rouge native, Karlee received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Biological Sciences from LSU. After her undergraduate career she worked as a Research Associate at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She then decided to pursue a career in dentistry and earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from LSU School of Dentistry New Orleans. Karlee is currently a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and Louisiana Dental Hygiene Association. When she is not helping patients achieve a healthy smile, Karlee enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Jenna Hood, RDH
Jenna joined the Bonaventure dental team in January 2021. She grew up in Donaldsonville, La. Jenna earned her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from LSU School of Dentistry in 2009. Jenna enjoys educating patients about their oral health and getting to know them. She enjoys spending time with her son, Ethan, and her family and friends.
Gabby Hanna, EDDA
Gabby is a Florida native who has recently moved to Baton Rouge with her husband, Dustin, and baby girl, Maya. She enjoys Hiking,the beach,and doing anything outdoors. Gabby went to St.Petersburg college where she received her Bachelors Degree in Business. She has been a Dental Assistant for 14 years and loves it.
Kristin Baluch, EDDA
Kristin attended Dental Assisting School at Louisiana Dental Center. She joined our practice coming with Dr. Gilbert. Kristin is a Gonzales native and attended St. Amant High School. In her spare time, Kristin like to ride horses.
Lauren Barrere, EDDA
Lauren is one of our dental assistants. Lauren is originally from Marksville, Louisiana. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2014 where she graduated from Math, Science, and Arts Academy in 2018. She then attended Baton Rouge Dental Assistant Academy to earned her certification. She is currently enrolled at BRCC working on her Associate in Nursing. She enjoys her job and caring for patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Nancy is our Hygiene Scheduling Coordinator. Nancy joins us after 15 years of experience with Dr. Megison’s dental practice. She is a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Prairieville, Louisiana. She has been married to her husband Kerry
for 35 years and they have two adult children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family and friends.
Rita Little, RDH
Rita loves being a dental hygienist. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 1998. She enjoys getting to know her patients and educating them on ways to improve their oral health. Rita has two grown children. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, tennis, and discovering new destinations to hike and explore with her husband.
Joanne Wochner, RDH
Joanne was raised in Connecticut and attended Fones School of Dental Hygiene. Twenty three years ago she moved to the great state of Louisiana with her husband to raise their two children and has been blessed with four grandsons. She enjoys taking care of and getting to know her patients. Some of her favorite pastimes are RVing, boating, hiking and traveling! Joanne is very happy to join the Bonaventure Dental family in giving the utmost care to our patients.