Downtown Dental

Meet the Team at Downtown Dental

The Downtown Dental Team

Our patients and their oral health are our biggest priorities. At Downtown Dental, we are committed to achieving the highest level of patient satisfaction by providing top-quality, convenient dental care, and we pride ourselves on our friendly, excellent customer service. We treat our patients like we would like to be treated!

Dr. Richard Rathke offers general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to help our patients achieve the beautiful smiles they deserve. Dr. Rathke, who is trained in all aspects of dentistry, works hard to ensure the comfort of every patient while they are in the dental chair. We want our patients to look forward to a relaxing time at their appointments!

We offer a full menu of dentistry services, including:

  • Examinations and cleanings
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Fluoride and sealants
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal therapy
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures and partials

We have experience treating patients of all ages, from young children to grandparents. Call us today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference of Downtown Dental! 

Vicky Ortega

Lead Dental Assistant

Vicky is our lead dental assistant with more than 27 years of experience. She takes great pride in making sure every patient feels at home while at Downtown Dental and tries to make everyone feel like they are part of our dental family.

Vicky was born and raised in the New Orleans area and attended John Ehret High School. When not at work she loves spending time with her husband and her two teenage daughters. She is an animal lover and enjoys long walks with her two dogs, Chloe and Ollie. 

Natalie Ancar

Front Office/Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Natalie is our receptionist, insurance coordinator, and financial coordinator. In addition to all of her front office duties, she has been an expanded duty dental assistant for more than 15 years. She takes great pride in making sure the office is running as smoothly as possible. Her favorite part of working at Downtown Dental is the family feel. She does whatever is necessary to make sure our patients leave with a smile on their face.

She has twin daughters, Kacie and Kassie, as well as a 10-year-old daughter, Kelsie. During her time off, she can be found spending time with her family, cheering for the Saints, or planning her next trip to Disney World. 

Anne Story

Registered Dental Hygienist

Anne is our registered dental hygienist who has been practicing since 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from LSU School of Dentistry and also holds a license to administer local anesthesia. She strives to provide excellent, gentle and compassionate dental hygiene services to patients of all ages. Anne enjoys taking care of her patients and helping them attain optimal dental health and a smile of which they can feel proud.

She and her husband, Ron, have three wonderful children who keep her very busy. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her children as well as outdoor activities such as gardening and volleyball. 

Dr. Richard Rathke

Dr. Richard M. Rathke, Jr., grew up in Lacombe, Louisiana, and attended Slidell High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University (2006) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry (2012). Dr. Rathke takes pride in providing dental services as he would for himself and his family while ensuring that every patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. 

His professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and New Orleans Dental Association. Some of the continuing education courses Dr. Rathke has taken include the following:

  • Sports Dentistry Trauma
  • Advanced Dentoalveolar Surgery for the General Practitioner
  • Maxillary Implant Prosthetics
  • Insights into Prosthodontic Rehabilitation
  • Superior Esthetic Results (Restorative Dentistry)

In 2015, Dr. Rathke worked with the Donated Dental Services Program, which provides dental care to underprivileged patients at no cost. 

Dr. Rathke and his wife, Morgan, have been married since 2014. They live in Metairie along with their dog, Bob. Dr. Rathke enjoys spending his free time with friends and family, playing golf, and traveling.

We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit!

A Healthy smile is just a click away.