Dr. Dimetry B. Cossich
Graduating first in his class at Buras High School in 1978, Dr. Cossich continued his educational pursuits under a full academic scholarship at Tulane University in New Orleans where he earned two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Upon graduating with honors with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from LSU School of Dentistry in 1987, Dr. Cossich continued honing his clinical skills by spending the next two years in a post-graduate, advanced training program at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Upon completing this program, Dr. Cossich went into private practice and that is where he remains today.
In 1999, Dr. Cossich earned the prestigious Fellowship designation in the Academy of General
Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the New Orleans Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Dental Association, The Louisiana Dental Association, the Christian Dental Society, the American Dental Implant Association and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Cossich is committed to continuing education and takes many advanced courses each year to enhance his skills to better serve the dental care needs of his patients and provide them with gentle and comfortable dental experience.
Dr. Cossich was born and raised in Louisiana, the son of parents who were both school teachers. Even though education was of the utmost priority during his childhood years, his parents also realized the importance of social interaction and outdoor activities in preparing a child for transition to adulthood. To this day, he credits his upbringing for his love of people and his appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors.
"My immediate family, the church and my dental family are the things that are most important to me," says Dr. Cossich who has also earned certification as a Christian Counselor and who was recently ordained as a minister with his church. After 18 years in private practice on the West Bank of New Orleans, Dr. Cossich moved his family to Covington after Hurricane Katrina struck in late 2005. "I love working with kids, coaching basketball, fishing, mountain biking, and water skiing on Lake Ramsey with my wife and family," says Dr. Cossich.
Dr. Chelesa Phillips
Dr. Chelesa Phillips attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Anthropology in 2008. At Wash U, she was the founder and co-president of the Washington University Pre-Dental Society and a John B. Ervin scholarship recipient. Dr. Phillips completed her dental training at Howard University in Washington, DC in 2012.
At Howard, she was the President of the local chapter of the American Dental Education Association and presented at several national meetings in this capacity. She was a research assistant in the Department of Orthodontics for several years and was the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards throughout dental school.
Dr. Phillips graduated in the top 10 % of her class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and was inducted into national dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon upon graduation. Dr. Phillips then returned to Missouri as a resident of the world-renown orthodontic program at Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education. During her residency, she was a Cleft Palate Fellow at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital as well as a Teaching Fellow at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.
She has worked as a volunteer and mentor with several community service and university organizations throughout her education and was awarded the Miller Service Award and Scholarship for greatest commitment to community service. She completed her Master’s thesis in 2014 and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class with a Master of Science in Orthodontics. Dr. Phillips was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has been in the New Orleans area for a year.
We’re confident that you’ll enjoy getting to know Dr. Phillips and will be very comfortable with having her assume your Orthodontic care at Today’s Dental.
Dr. Kaitlyn Ducote
Born and raised in Jefferson Parish, Dr. Ducote is a huge fan of Louisiana sports teams. She grew up competing in swim meets throughout grade school and taught swim lessons throughout her high school and college years. She inspired confidence in her students as they learned new skills in the water. Through interactions with her dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Ducote knew that she wanted to continue boosting self-esteems in her career through people's smiles.
After graduating with honors from Mount Carmel Academy in 2009, she attended the University of New Orleans and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Chemistry in 2013. Dr. Ducote earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2017 from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Dr. Ducote ranked at the top of her dental school class and was elected to membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. At the Senior Recognition Ceremony, she received the Louisiana Section of the American College of Dentists' Outstanding Student Leader Award and the Pierre Fauchard Academy's Student Certificate of Merit.
During her time in dental school, Dr. Ducote volunteered with Project Happy Tiger and Give Kids a Smile, along with other organizations. In addition, she is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ducote is excited to join the outstanding team here at Today's Dental and to create beautiful smiles for all ages.