Dental Staff

Dentist in Gonzales, LA

All of our professionals at Arrington Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay current with the latest trends in dentistry.

David M. Arrington, DDS

Gonzales, LA Dentist

David M. Arrington, DDS

David M. Arrington, DDS Dr. Arrington was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in 1981.  He went on to Baton Rouge and received his college degree from LSU in 1985 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU Dental School in 1989.  It was in dental school that he met his wife, Toni, a 1989 Dental Hygiene graduate.  They have been married since 1991 and have three children: Ashton, Juliana, and Caroline.  After practicing in New Orleans for 17 years, Hurricane Katrina flooded their office and forced them to relocate to Austin, Texas for the next seven years.

Dr. Arrington and his family are very excited to be back home in South Louisiana.  Once again he is able to closely follow his LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints.  In his spare time, Dr. Arrington enjoys watching the many different activities of his children, as well as travelling and playing golf.  In the past 15 years, Dr. Arrington has also travelled to do Missionary Dentistry in many places including Peru, Africa, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Dr. Arrington often comments on how BLESSED he is that he became a dentist.  His profession has allowed him to help so many people in many different ways.  He is able to work closely with a highly devoted team of people with wonderful attitudes and values.  Whatever you need, Dr. Arrington and his staff are here to provide you with the best dental care available... because you deserve it!

  • Member of American Dental Association
  • Member of Louisiana Dental Association
  • Member of Texas Dental Association

Derek Scardina, DDS
Dr. Scardina graduated from St. Paul's school in Covington in 2001.  He then went on to LSU and graduated in 2006. In 2010, he graduated from the LSU School of Dentistry.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, met in dental school and have one son; Benjamin who was born in 2016.  Dr. Scardina is a lifetime LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints football fan.  He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Member of American Dental Association
  • Member of Louisiana Dental Association


Amy Guillotte has been a dental assistant since 2000.  She received her DANB Certification in 2000 and her EDDA and Radiology Certification in 2001.  She is married to her fabulous husband, Chris, and they have two beautiful daughters together: Brandi and Erin.  Their family moved to Gonzales in 2007 but they are originally from Laplace.  In her free time, she enjoys fishing and attending car shows.



Charmaine, RDH
Charmaine Elisar is a graduate of St. Amant High School.  She graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 1985 as a Registered Dental Hygienist and is a member of both the American and Louisiana Dental Hygiene Associations. She and her husband, Todd, have three sons: Lee, Kirk, and Reece.  In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing by the pool, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, and spoiling grandchildren.




Chelsie, RDH
Chelsie has been a dental hygienist since 2010.  She attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  Chelsie is from Reserve and lives with her two dogs: Charlie and Gigi.  When Chelsie is not working, she enjoys going shopping and spending time with family and friends.




Elena Diez is the treatment/financial coordinator.  She is dedicated to helping patients with scheduling, as well as with any billing, insurance, or other inquiries.  She and her husband, Brady, reside in St. Amant with their two children: Abby and Cameron.  When Elena is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching L.S.U. & Saints football, hunting and fishing.



Mary is the Hygiene Coordinator for our office. She graduated from St. Amant High School. She attended LSU School of Dentistry for Radiology and EDDA Certification. She is married to Shane, and they have 2 boys. She enjoys spending time with family, fishing, reading, and is the president of her roller derby league.




Michelle Culler has been in the dental field since 1999. She is a dental assistant as well as being crossed trained to work in the front office as a receptionist, hygiene coordinator and insurance coordinator. She attended the LSU School of Dentistry to become an expanded duties dental assistant (EDDA). In her spare time she enjoys working out, being outdoors and hanging out with great friends and family.






Samantha Dufrene is the Insurance Coordinator in the office.She is dedicated to accurately verifying benefits for all patients, as well as answering any questions or inquiries about dental insurance, coverage and claims. She was born in the New Orleans area but graduated from St. Amant High School in 2010. After high school, she attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, Cullen, as well as traveling and going to the theatre. She feels lucky to be the newest addition to this team.