“There will always be free enterprise, private practice for the caring dentist that seeks excellence for his patients through the exercise of the greatest care, skill, and judgment at her command. For those of you who are concerned, do not worry, for they will seek you out!” – F. Harold Wirth, D.D.S.
Mike Robichaux, D.D.S.
Dr. Robichaux has been practicing dentistry in Slidell, LA since 1974. His passion is in learning and finding better ways to serve his patients. He has amassed over 4,000 hours of continuing dental education. His hobbies are golf, golf, and golf.
Mae is the wife of Dr. Robichaux and mother of their two sons, Myles and Hal. They have been married for 49 years and she has worked in the practice since 1974. She serves as receptionist, office manager, chief bottle washer, etc.
Nancy has been with Dr. Robichaux since 1982 as a dental assistant. They have virtually “grown up” together within their dental careers. She has been married to Rick for 39 years and has one daughter.
Lisa has been a hygienist for Dr. Mike since 1987. She says that she really doesn’t work for him. Her real “bosses” are her patients. She has been married to Bill for 35 years and has 3 children
Maureen has been with us for over 13 years. She began as a dental assistant, retired, and came back to help us at the front desk. She has been married to Dale for 41 years and has one son and a granddaughter.
Joani serves primarily as a lab assistant, keeping track of quality of everything that comes and goes to the lab. She has been employed by Dr. Mike since 1989. In addition to these duties, she also serves as a dental assistant. She has been married to Mike for 44 years and has one son and 2 granddaughters.
Thoughts from Dr. Robichaux…
Dr. Wirth was my first real mentor, with our first encounter in my senior year in dental school. His message was that each person should be treated as an individual, and with respect and dignity. He taught us to get to know our patients and to find out what they were most concerned about and to help them get what they wanted. When we were granted permission to deliver their care, it was our moral and ethical duty to provide the best care we could at the time.
His real message to us was to love our patients. He was a giant in dentistry and his ideas and concepts are still celebrated today. A room in his honor at the LSU School of Dentistry still remains and I’m proud to serve on the F. Harold Wirth Committee, dedicated to the ideals he professed.
It seems appropriate for a prospective client/patient who is entertaining the thought of entering a new firm or practice, to have some idea of the belief system within that organization.
Our Top 10 Practice Beliefs
- That all who enter our practice will be treated with respect and dignity
- That each person who enters will be treated as an individual, with unique goals and desires.
- That given the correct information within a caring relationship, we will make decisions about our health that are in our best interests.
- That each individual should know:
- The state of their oral conditions
- The choices for treating those conditions
- The consequences of those choices
- The cost of the treatment prior to beginning
- That our teeth are meant to last a lifetime.
- That in general, all dental disease is preventable.
- That it is better to prevent than to treat a problem.
- That it is better to treat the cause and not just the symptoms of a problem.
- That the health of the mouth can affect the overall health of the body.
- That we are responsible for our own health.
Making a Difference
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, what are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.
Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said… I made a difference for that one.
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
Mike Robichaux, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.C.D.
- 1965-68: Louisiana Tech and University of Southwestern Louisiana
- 1968-1972: Graduated charter class LSU School of Dentistry
- 1972-Present: Accumulated over 4,000 hours of postgraduate training
- 1983: Achieved Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry
- 1999: Achieved Mastership status in AGD (awarded to those dentists who have achieved Fellowship status and have completed a challenging course of hands-on study in 16 dental disciplines, totaling 600 hours of continuing education.
Honors and Positions
- 1968: President of the first class at LSUSD
- 1972: President of the student body at LSUSD
- 1972-Present: Member in good standing of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Dental Associations
- 1975: First president of the LSUSD Alumni Association
- 1976-1993: Held numerous positions within the New Orleans Dental Association
- 1991: President of the New Orleans Dental Association
- 1992: President of the Louisiana Academy of General Dentistry
- 1992: Inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Honor Society
- 1994: Inducted into the Academy of Dentistry International
- 1994-1998: Chaired Master Track four year program designed to make one eligible for achieving Mastership status in the AGD
- 1994: Served on the search committee as a practicing dentist to select a new dean for LSU School of Dentistry
- 1996-Present: Lectured nationwide to practicing dentists
- 1994-Present: Board member and chairman of the curriculum committee for the Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education (the independent arm for LSUSD Continuing Education department)
- 1997: Inducted into the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration Assistant clinical instructor at LSU School of Dentistry
- 1998-Present: Worked closely with H. L. “Sam” Queen while he taught me about the oral/systemic connection
- 2000: Selected Alumni of the Year by LSUSD Alumni Association
- 2001: Elected Fellow of the American College of Dentists
- 2001: Inducted into the American Equilibration Society
- 2002: Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
- 2003: Received the Mark Locantro Award from the Louisiana AGD
- 2005: Katrina struck Slidell and the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida
- 2005-Present: Lectured yearly at the Schuster Center on the relationship-based practice of dentistry
- 2008-2011: member of the National Study Club; a group of like minded dentists, organized by Dr. Bob Frazer; purpose was to promote personal and professional growth in the health-centered arena of dentistry
- 2009-2012: Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration; an academy dedicated to leadership, life balance, and success; comprised of dentists that are seeking cutting edge ways to deliver high quality dentistry within quality relationships with their teams and patients.
Hobbies: Golf, golf, golf, etc.