Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Linda Cao
Dr. Linda Cao was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the year 2000, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Louisiana State University. She then went on to attend and graduate from LSU School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2004. From there, Dr. Cao practiced as a general dentist for one year before joining the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at LSU School of Dentistry where she earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2007. In 2008 she became Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Cao currently has her own practice and does PRN work with Children’s Hospital Tooth Bus.
Dr. Cao holds medical staff privileges at Children’s Hospital and East Jefferson General Hospital in New Orleans. She also serves a Clinical Assistant Professor in the LSU School of Dentistry’s Pediatric Dentistry Department. To further her education, Dr. Cao is currently pursuing her executive MBA degree from the University of New Orleans with an expected graduation date of late 2014. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Louisiana Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and New Orleans Dental Association.
In addition, Dr. Cao routinely takes continuing education courses relevant to pediatric dentistry and sedation protocol as she strives to provide the best possible care to her patients by staying abreast of developments in her specialty.
Dr. Cao is passionate about the communities in which she lives and works. She is a volunteer for Special Olympics’ Special Smiles, which provides oral health screenings for Special Olympic athletes in Louisiana. She recently volunteered in the American Dental Associations Mission of Mercy in 2013 where she and other dental professionals provided dental services to the Greater New Orleans Community. Dr. Cao is an active supporter of the Rosary Child Care Development in New Orleans East where she served as the chair committee leader for their first annual Fall Festival in 2012. In one day, this fundraiser event helped raise close to $40,000 to go towards rebuilding the daycare’s playground area.
Dr. Cao’s church community, equally as important, leads her to be an active member of her home church, Mary Queen of Vietnam and led her to be a board member for the MQVN CDC (Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, Community Development Corporations, Inc.), a non-profit organization helping to rebuild and restore the eastern New Orleans Vietnamese community devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Linda Cao is one of fifteen children. She is married to Dr. Phuong Nguyen, an LSU Dental alumni member, and has two young children, Kaylie and Balian. In her free time, she devotes herself to spending it with her extensive family and children.
Dr. Cao is a member of
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Louisiana Dental Association
New Orleans Dental Association
Dr. Afua Richardson
Dr. Afua Richardson, or Effie as she is affectionately called, was raised in Northern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The University of Michigan. Go Blue! After dental school Dr. Richardson moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to begin her career as a general dentist. While practicing public health dentistry, Dr. Richardson fell in love with the pediatric population and enjoyed catering to their dental needs specifically.
The desire to be able to provide comprehensive treatment to all children, regardless of their abilities led Dr. Richardson to pursue her Masters in Dental Science and specialization in Pediatric Dentistry at LSU School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Geaux Tigers! Dr. Richardson instantly fell in love with her patients here in Louisiana as well as the culture and richness of New Orleans. After having lived all over the country, Dr. Richardson has decided that The South is where it’s at! New Orleans has become her forever home and she is honored to be able to serve the dental needs of the children of Louisiana here at Smile Bright Pediatric Dentistry. It is a dream come true to be able to serve an integral role in the growth and development of children in her community.
In her spare time, Dr. Richardson loves to eat! Hands down the best food you could ever eat can be found here in Louisiana! She also loves to travel to spend time with loved ones, cook, exercise and recently developed a passion for roller-skating. Dr. Richardson is a proud member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and the New Orleans Dental Association. She is currently pursuing board certification in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Deborah Yim
Dr. Deborah Yim was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the north suburbs of the city. After high school she wanted to venture out, move somewhere new, and up at Tulane University in New Orleans. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology, and minors in French and Business. Dr. Yim always had an interest in health sciences, and went on to pursue dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During the summers in college and dental school, Dr. Yim went on mission trips to Mexico to provide dentistry to underserved communities. Throughout these trips she worked closely with children and discovered her love for working with kids, and recognizing the true need. Her mom made it a commitment to herself to go on a service trip every year, and now that Dr. Yim is finished with all her years of schooling, she hopes to join her mom in these trips. After graduating dental school in 2016, Dr. Yim returned to New Orleans! She pursued her post-graduate education in pediatric dentistry at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital New Orleans. She graduated from LSU in 2018 with her Masters in Dental Science and certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Yim loves to eat, travel, workout, and go fishing! She’s thankful to live in a city with an exciting culinary scene. To balance out all the eating she enjoys working out and running. She recently began powerlifting and has participated in a few competitions. When she’s not trying a new restaurant or at the gym, she’s usually traveling or fishing. After finishing residency, Dr. Yim just wasn’t ready to leave New Orleans and is thrilled for the opportunity to work with Dr. Cao and Dr. Richardson at Smile Bright Pediatric Dental Care. She is very excited to provide care to and join the New Orleans community! Dr. Yim is also a member of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.