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About the Staff

The team at Creative Smiles Dental is dedicated to the health and comfort of our patients. We promise to provide you with comprehensive, professional dental care of the highest quality performed in a warm, caring environment.

Our two dentists, Dr. Rhonda Shaw-Halder and her associate Dr. Tara Gilpin, and the rest of the Creative Smiles Dental team have over 15 years of combined experience, which sets us apart from the rest of the dental care facilities. We have a full-time hygienist, two "expanded duty" dental assistants, a hygiene coordinator, a financial coordinator and a treatment coordinator that will prepare you for any dental procedures and treat you with the personalized care you deserve. At Creative Smiles Dental, you can rest assured that all of your dental needs will be cared for in a professional manner.

Dr. Rhonda Halder

Originally from Baton Rouge, La, Rhonda Halder graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans. She went onto Dental school at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2000. Dr. Halder went into private practice as an associate on the Westbank of New Orleans and practiced there for five years. In 2005, she moved her practice to the Kenner-Metairie area full-time. She continued to work as an associate until Hurricane Katrina hit and the opportunity presented itself to open her own practice in Metairie in a brand new, state of the art facility.  Dr. Rhonda Halder is the owner of Creative Smiles Dental and practices with Dr. Tara Gilpin. Creative Smiles Dental focuses on excellence in dentistry. It is backed with hours of continuing education which focuses on providing their patients with the best general dental care as well as the newest advances in cosmetic dentistry and tooth-replacement.  Dr. Halder currently has her own talk segment on Lifesongs 89.1 entitled “Dental Chairside Chatter with Dr Rhonda Halder” where she educates the public listeners on a wide range of topics concerning dentistry.  She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  


Dr. Tara Ann Gilpin

Tara GilpinDr. Gilpin was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in the suburban township of Manalapan, New Jersey.  She has been a New Orleans resident for over 8 years and currently resides in Lakeview.  Dr. Gilpin treats patients with compassion and seeks to understand one’s overall wellness which may be linked to their dental health.  Her goal is to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dr. Gilpin earned a B.S. from James Madison University in Virginia in 1997, and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 2008. 
After graduation, Dr. Gilpin completed a General Practice Residency at LSU Interim Hospital in downtown New Orleans where she focused on the treatment of dental trauma and medically compromised patients who could not be safely treated in private practice.  She is trained in Oral Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology.  Dr. Gilpin is experienced in treating patients with debilitating conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and those suffering from immune-compromised diseases such as HIV.
Dr. Gilpin presently attends continuing education courses to stay current with modern dentistry.  Her areas of interest include the latest techniques and materials for long-lasting tooth-colored restorations, the replacement of missing teeth with single dental implants, and implant supported dentures.

Participation in organized dentistry:
Dr. Gilpin is a member of the New Orleans Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, ADA, and Academy of General Dentistry.  She is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.