At Southern Roots Dental, we strive to provide comfortable and individualized dental care for natural-looking results. We believe that a healthy smile is a happy smile, and will provide the professional care you deserve.


Julie LeBell Simpson, D.D.S.

I was born and raised in the New Orleans area. After attending LSU in Baton Rouge for undergrad, I graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 2007. Monroe became my home immediately following dental school and I recognized this community as a place I could establish my roots.

After more than ten years of practicing dentistry in the Monroe area, I can honestly say I love what I do. While I’m not going to pretend that I eat, sleep, and breathe teeth, I do believe that oral health is an important element in a person’s overall well being and I feel fulfilled in being able to better people’s lives through my practice. All dental patients are not created the same and every patient walks in with unique past dental experiences, expectations, and concerns. My ultimate goal is to really listen and connect with my patient so that I can create the best treatment plan for the person, not just their teeth.

When we aren’t trying to keep up with my son John Aubrey, my husband James and I spend our time gardening, cooking, music, and traveling when possible.


Sarah Hummel Gregory, D.D.S.

Monroe has always been my home though I’ve had to relocate a couple of times to achieve my goals. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. I completed my studies in New Orleans at LSU School of Dentistry in 2011. I have a passion for mission trips and have served in both Peru and Haiti where I was able to use my training to meet locals’ dental needs.

I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to start a practice in my hometown and serve this community. My dream has always been to create an atmosphere of comfort and compassion in a dental practice. I want my patients to see their dental experience in a different light. I feel that I have been called to this incredible career where I get to build relationships while also assist in healing and caring for my patients and their individual needs.

Dr. Nicholas Gregory and I were married in 2014 and we have two daughters, Lillian and Eliza. I enjoy adventuring with my family, hiking, camping, and surfing the Ouachita River.


January “Jana” Franks, B.S. RDH

I am a native of Rayville Louisiana, which is where my husband, Caleb, and I still live. I have been serving the Monroe dental community since 2011, starting out as a dental assistant, falling in love with dentistry, and going back to school to pursue my degree in Dental Hygiene.

I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in May of 2019 and knew instantly that I would continue to serve the Monroe Community. I can honestly say that I love the dental field, providing my patients with optimal oral health care, educating, and showing them the compassion that they each deserve.

When not working, my husband and I have three “fur-babies” (Bella, Cricket, and Dap) that demand lots of love, enjoy traveling, hunting, fishing, binge watching our favorite shows, and enjoying lazy evenings.


Tuyet Ho, E.D.D.A.

I was born in Hong Kong and spent the majority of my child hood in the U.S. I lived in several different states before settling in Northeast Louisiana January of 2006. I started my dental career in 2015 as a dental assistant and expanded my dental knowledge into the administrative patient treatment coordination aspect of dentistry. I enjoy making each patient’s visit as simple and convenient as possible.

I have two children, Cadence and Mason, as well as a dog, Maximus. I enjoy watching my children participate in their extracurricular activities, such as sports and dance. We enjoy traveling as much as possible; our happy place is the beach and spending time together.


Moira O’Connor, E.D.D.A.

I was born in Raleigh North Carolina, raised in West Palm Beach Florida, and relocated to the Monroe area in 1998. I attended college in Chicago studying theater and dance 1996-1997 and now participate regularly in the Strauss Theater productions. I attended the dental assisting school in Ruston, completing the program in 2017. I enjoy what I do and I strive to give each patient the best, entertaining experience as possible.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, Scott, loving on our “fur-babies” (MoonPie, Mokey, and Clark the Cat), playing video games, and performing in community theater.