Meet the Dentists
Dr. Laura Justice
Dr. Justice is from Pikeville, Kentucky, and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. She then graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry with honors in 1989. She has received extensive post-graduate certificates in advanced cosmetic procedures from Louisiana State University, The Center for Cosmetic Excellence, The Eubank Institute, and The Kois Center, and has achieved the distinguished honor of becoming an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, one of 65 in the world.
Dr. Justice is the co-founder and past President of the Kentucky Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She has served on the Kentucky Board of Dentistry and is a member of the Bluegrass Dental, Kentucky Dental, and American Dental Societies. She is also a member of the American Association of Women Dentists, a pre-fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and has served on the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry as an Examiner. She is one of the official dentists of the Miss Kentucky Pageant and works closely with local and national television and movie celebrities in enhancing their smiles.
Dr. Justice is highly committed to excellence and strives to consistently utilize the most cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology in her practice by placing high value on continuing education and staying at the forefront of dentistry. Dr. Justice's distinguished level of expertise in cosmetic dentistry as well as patient comfort has allowed her to change the lives of patients in not only our Lexington community, but all over the country. To schedule an appointment for an personalized consultation with Dr. Justice, please click here.
Dr. Tristan Thompson
Dr. Thompson is from Owensboro, KY. He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where he majored in Biochemistry and played NCAA division II baseball for the Panthers. After obtaining his B.S. and graduating Magna Cum Laude, he immediately started his dental training at The University of Kentucky where he gathered his doctorate of dental medicine (DMD).
Upon graduation, he traveled to Eastern North Carolina to complete a one-year general practice residency (GPR) at Vidant hospital, a level-one trauma center associated with East Carolina University. While in residency, Dr. Thompson concentrated on implantology, sedation dentistry, medically compromised patient care, and oral surgery.
Dr. Thompson has given special interest to implant dentistry. He has completed Zimmer Institute’s level one program and is currently completing the 2013 MAXI implant course in Atlanta- a 40 day course that covers dental implants from A to Z and is considered to be the most comprehensive program of its kind.
He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dentistry Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and The Kentucky Dental Association. You can request a consultation with him click here.
Dr. Jingjing Pratt
Dr. Pratt, a Lexington native, completed her undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky with a duel degree in Biology and Economics. She continued on to complete her doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she then furthered her education in a general practice residency (GPR), gaining an intense training throughout all aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Pratt then moved to Louisville where she spent a year working at an urgent dental office, gaining valuable experience in emergency dentistry before transitioning to a private practice where she treated patients of all ages. She began working at Pearson Justice Dental in November 2013 and has enjoyed the opportunity she has had to form relationships with her patients and practice excellent dentistry in such a great environment.
Dr. Pratt is known for her attention to detail and her dedication to quality while delivering excellent patient care. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, Louisville Dental Society, Kentucky Association of Women Dentists, East End Study Club, and the Louisville Implant Study Club. Dr. Pratt is currently accepting new patients. If you would like to request a consultation with her, click here.
Dr. Vernon Barruga
Dr. Barruga began his undergraduate education at La Sierra College of Arts and Sciences in Riverside, California. After attending summer classes at Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Barruga was able to complete his prerequisites for dental school in only three years. After his third year, Dr. Barruga was accepted into Loma Lind University School of Dentistry, where he earned is doctorate of dental surgery (DDS).
Upon graduation, Dr. Barruga began practicing dentistry in southern California for nine years. Dr. Barruga then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he added an additional sixteen years of valuable experience to his dental career. After falling in love with Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Barruga made the decision to relocate his family to the area during the summer of 2015. Dr. Barruga joined Pearson Justice Dental in September 2015, where he has become a respected asset to both staff and patients.
Dr. Barruga is currently accepting new patients. If you would like to request a consultation with him, click here.