Meet Dr. Michael LaFerla

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 oral and written exams, case studies, and extensive research.

Originally from St. Louis, 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!

Education

In 1999, Dr. LaFerla opened his own private practice in Joplin, MO.

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 enable him to offer his patients the most current treatment options.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. LaFerla has served in numerous positions within his profession, including trustee to the Missouri Dental Association, president of the Missouri Society of Orthodontists, and president of the Southwest Missouri Dental Society. He currently serves on the board for Joplin Area Catholic Schools and is President of the Missouri Ortho Society. He has served on the boards of several local organizations and volunteered with numerous local charity organizations, including Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM), which provided charitable dentistry in Joplin, MSSU Lionbackers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (Jasper and Newton counties), MSSU Alumni Association.

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. They are parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin. Dr. LaFerla also enjoys traveling, landscaping, water and snow skiing, playing golf, and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Cardinals, Lions, Huskers, Trojans, and Seahawks.