Dr. LaFerla is proud to be the first Board Certified Orthodontist in the Joplin area. He became a diplomate with the American Board of Orthodontics after completing the necessary requirements of both oral and written exams, case studies and extensive research over a minimum of 10 years.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Dr. LaFerla moved to Carthage when he was a young boy in grade school. After graduating from Carthage High School in 1985, Dr. LaFerla began his journey toward becoming an orthodontist, and he is still creating smiles with style right here in Joplin!
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology – Missouri Southern State College
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree – University of Nebraska Dental School
- Master’s Degree in Craniofacial Biology – University of Southern California
- Orthodontic Residency – University of Southern California
In 1999, Dr. LaFerla opened his own private practice in Joplin, MO, and in 2008, Dr. Cook joined his team.
Dr. LaFerla is involved in several orthodontic and dental associations, and through these connections, he is able to participate in a variety of continuing education opportunities that allow him to offer his patients the most current treatment options.
- American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontics
- World Federation of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
Dr. LaFerla has served on the Board of Directors of several local organizations and volunteered with numerous local charity organizations, including the MSSU Lionbackers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper and Newton County, MSSU Alumni Association, American Diabetes Association, the Children’s Center and Turn Around Ranch.
Outside of the practice, Dr. LaFerla stays smiling!
After returning to Missouri and opening his own practice, Dr. LaFerla met his wife, Bre. Family is important to Dr. LaFerla, and he enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife and their daughter, Jadyn. Dr. LaFerla also enjoys traveling, gardening, water and snow skiing, playing golf and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Cardinals, Lions, Huskers, and Trojans.