Dental Staff

Female Dentist in Lafayette, LA

All our professionals at Bendel Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education in all fields of general dentistry. 

Frances Chauvin, DDS

Dr. Frances Chauvin is a native of Morgan City, LA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 1999 and her D.D.S. degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA in 2003. In 2004 she completed a general practice residency at St. Mary's Hospital, an affiliated hospital of Yale University, in Waterbury, CT. Dr. Chauvin practiced dentistry in Connecticut for three years before moving back home to Louisiana.

Dr. Chauvin has practiced as a general dentist in Lafayette, LA since 2006. She is married to Brent Chauvin, an endodontist, and they have three wonderful children. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you attain the smile you have always wanted.


Melissa Firmin is originally from Baldwin, LA.  She joined our team in 2015 and has 7 previous years of dental experience.  In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her son and family.  She also enjoys sporting events and festivals. 



Holly Puissegur is originally from New Orleans and moved to Lafayette, LA in 2015. She has 11 years of dental experience. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor Degree of General Studies. Her hobbies include swimming, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her husband.



Taylor is a native of Breaux Bridge, LA, home of the Crawfish Festival. She attended dental assisting school at Southwest Dental Academy before joining our team in March 2018. Taylor also serves as a dance instructor and has danced competitively for the last 16 years.



Originally from Pennsylvania, Tabitha has lived in Acadiana for the last 34 years. She joined our team in March 2018 and has 13 years experience as an expanded duty dental assistant. Tabitha enjoys spending time with her two children and fiancee.