About Your Dentist

Rhonda Halder, DDS

My Mission

Creative Smiles Dental focuses on excellence in dentistry. Our practice is backed by hours of continuing education courses which focus on providing our patients with the best general dental care, as well as the newest advances in cosmetic dentistry and tooth replacement.


Loyola University New Orleans, Bachelor of Science in Psychology New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery New Orleans, LA

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Halder currently hosts her own radio segment on Lifesongs 89.1, entitled Dental Chairside Chatter with Dr. Rhonda Halder, where she educates her public listeners on a wide range of topics concerning dentistry. Dr. Halder began her career as an Associate on the Westbank of New Orleans, where she practiced dentistry for five years. In 2005, she moved her practice to the Kenner-Metairie area. Dr. Halder continued to work as an Associate until Hurricane Katrina hit. As tragic as this event was, it presented the opportunity to Dr. Halder to open her own practice in Metairie in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. She is currently an active member of the American Dental Association.

Jimani Mwendo, DDS, FAGD

"My team and I have core values that we strive toward daily to create an amazing patient and team experience… Compassion, Quality and Prevention. We emphasize prevention because it aligns with our goal of lifetime dentistry. Preventing the problem before it starts leads to a happier lifestyle and less time in the dental chair. Our practice exists to provide high quality dental care to every person that walks through our door. We understand that some are fearful to come to the dentist, so we work toward making your experience relaxed and welcoming. This is our way of helping you achieve your overall health goals and to get the smile you deserve."

My Mission

"I enjoy providing exceptional dental care in a way that my patients are fully confident and comfortable with their treatment. It is my mission to ensure that my patients are more than satisfied with their smile and happily refer their friends and family knowing that they will receive the same level of care. It is my goal to keep my patients happy and healthy for a lifetime using my lifetime dentistry methods."


Spelman College, Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences – Atlanta, GA (2004)

University of North Carolina, Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Chapel Hill, NC (2009)

Veterans Affairs Hospital, General Practice Residency – Washington, D.C. (2010)

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Mwendo was named a Premier Provider of Invisalign (Top 25% in North America), and she also received Fellowship status of the Academy of General Dentistry (7% of dentists in the United States achieve this award). Dr. Mwendo has received advanced training in Implant Dentistry, Aesthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Conscious/Moderate Sedation and Laser Dentistry.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Mwendo is from New Orleans and is a mother of two young boys, HB3 and Purpose. When she is not practicing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Hugh, and her kids. They are members of the Audubon Institute and Louisiana Children's Museum. Dr. Mwendo meditates daily and finds that this lifestyle gives her the clarity she needs to practice dentistry and achieve fulfillment. She also enjoys working towards her fitness and nutrition goals.