Our Providers


Chioma Ogbuefi, MD

Clinical Director, Internal Medicine

Michaela D. King, DO

Michaela D. King received a bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University. She is a 2003 graduate of DesMoines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.  In 2006 she completed her pediatric residency at Tulane University School of Medicine and is board certified in general pediatrics. 

Dr. Cross graduated from LSU School of Dentistry with a desire to help underserved populations.  He established a private practice in New Orleans East and began working on the city’s mobile dental unit and in other Health Department (HD) clinics.  The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brought tremendous dental health challenges.  Dr. Cross served the community by becoming a lead Dentist for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and working to rebuild the Health Department Clinics and mobile units.  After becoming the dental director for Excelth, he was very effective in transferring and expanding the former HD dental services.  Doug has served as the Dental Triage Lead for 4 La MOM events and has served in a leadership role in many other events including the “Back to School Cavity Free Program”.  He is Vice-Chairman of the Louisiana Primary Care Association Clinicians Branch and a member the Louisiana Oral Health Coalition.

Elizabeth Ponder, DDS

Douglas Cross, DDS

Elizabeth Ponder received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and French from Tulane University. She is a 2013 graduate of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  She completed a General Practice Residency from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2014.  She is a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Association, and the National Network for Oral Health Access.  She has been with Excelth since October 2016 and enjoys pursuing her passion working in public health.


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Phone: (504) 524-1210

Fax: (504) 524-1491



1515 Poydras St # 1070, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA


EXCELth, Incorporated is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal PHS deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.