For most of his childhood, Dr. Coughran had plans to grow up and start a career in healthcare like his father, a family practice physician. While shadowing and learning about different types of healthcare, Dr. Coughran decided to shadow several dentists to see what the profession had to offer. He knew then that dentistry was the field he wanted to pursue and never looked back.
The first dentist in his family, Dr. Coughran is proud to have chosen a career in dentistry. An avid guitarist and musician, Dr. Coughran loved the idea of a career that would not only allow him to better the lives of patients but also use personal creativity and the work of his hands to do so. As he says, “that’s what dentistry is all about.”
Dr. Coughran is originally from Winnsboro, Louisiana, and later moved to Monroe, where he graduated from Ouachita Christian School. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana Tech University and his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.
“Patients will remember two things from their interaction with you: how comfortable they were and how you made them feel.”
“Treat the person before the tooth” is Dr. Coughran’s main treatment philosophy, as he believes that overall happiness and quality of life are related to dental health. That feeling is evident in their smiles. “Through dentistry, I get to be the person that improves a person’s health and smile,” says Dr. Coughran.
- Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
- Louisiana Tech University
- Ouachita Christian School
- American Dental Association
- Louisiana Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Coughran is married to his wife, Sydney, a speech-language pathologist. Together, they have one fur baby, a cat named Lizzie. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Coughran enjoys playing music with his dad and brother in their family band, exercising, spending time with family, and worshiping at his local church.