John L. Ward D.D.S.

          In Historic Downtown Ruston, LA

Comprehensive Dentistry from the Heart


Dr. John Ward

Dr. Ward grew up in Baton Rouge. He was recruited by LA Tech (Coach Wallace Martin) to play for the Bulldog football team in the late 1970’s. When he arrived in the fall of 1976, Ruston and Lincoln Parish became a haven for spiritual growth. Praying that he would be able to return after 4 years at LSU Dental school in New Orleans, he opened his practice in June of 1984. Married to Kim Fast Ward in December of 1985, they have 3 children: Anna Christian Ward-1991, Maggie Ellen Ward-1993 and Evan Lloyd Ward-1998.


He enjoys teaching, exercise, traveling with his family and mission trips to Nicaragua and Zambia, Africa.

As a Ruston Dentist, our practice is devoted to helping people achieve their goals of regaining lost smiles. For over 30 years our focus has been on assisting those who want to improve their smiles. Our conscientious staff is committed to finding complete and comprehensive answers and solutions to the issues that stand in the way of attaining your rewarding smile.  And for over 35 years, Dr. Ward has given instructional talks on Dentistry and Oral Hygiene to local elementary schools.

Complete Dentistry is not a new concept. Pioneers in the field of restorative dentistry long ago recognized the importance of including the whole chewing system in their evaluations. This valuable insight directed dentists to look at the jaw joint and muscle functions first before treating the teeth and gums.


A dentist committed to this approach will often spend time examining the relationships between the joints, the muscles and how the teeth relate in harmony (or disharmony) to all the above.


This will likely include making models of the teeth (stone study casts to be studied on a jaw machine), taking necessary x-rays, photographs of the teeth, muscle exam, jaw joint function exam, mouth cancer screening exam, complete examination of the gums and teeth, and an evaluation of risk factors that are unique to your current circumstances.


This information is collected and carefully sorted and evaluated for possible solutions. When your individual goals are matched to the most appropriate solution, it is then that the journey begins to achieve your Rewarding Smile!

Judy is a Ruston girl who has been with us since 1992. She graduated from Ruston High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from La Tech. Outside of work she enjoys shopping, working in her yard and spending time with her family.


Sarah lives in Ruston and joined our team in 2016.  She graduated with a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She is married to Joel and has three children, Matthew, Emma and Jojo.  Outside of work she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.


Judy McCarley

Office Manager

Sarah Fernandes'

Schedule Coordinator

Jackie grew up in Strong, Arkansas.  She graduated from Northeast Louisiana University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Shortly after graduating, Jackie joined our dental staff.  She is married to Chris Miller and has two handsome sons, Jackson and Jared.


Kelly lives in West Monroe and joined our team in 2011. In 1993 she graduated from NLU with a bachelor of science in dental hygiene. She is married to Paul and has three children and two grand children. She enjoys spending time with her family.



Jackie Miller


Kelly Hargrove


Lauren grew up in Fordyce, Arkansas. She attended Peachtree School of Dental Assisting and shortly thereafter joined our staff in May of 2015. She is the mother of two beautiful children and enjoys chasing after them!


Kelsey is originally from Sterlington, Louisiana.  She joined our staff in October 2006. She received associate degree in general studies and social science. She married her husband Josh September of 2013.  She has one child, Avery Jane.


Lauren Gordon


Kelsey Stanley


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