Ponchatoula dentist named to spot left empty by Bodker _lowres

Robert E. Barsley

The Tangipahoa Parish Council appointed longtime Ponchatoula resident Robert E. Barsley to the North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners for a six-year term in December.

He replaces retired educator A.J. Bodker, of Ponchatoula.

Barsley has been a professor and division head at the LSU Health School of Dentistry in New Orleans since 1982 and is director of hospital and community dentistry for its Department of Oral Health Services.

Previously, he operated a private dental practice in Ponchatoula for five years.

He is a deputy coroner in Orleans and Jefferson parishes and consultant for others across the region.

Barsley belongs to the Ponchatoula Rotary Club and Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce.

He was a Ponchatoula Mayor’s Court magistrate from 2004 to 2012 and served in the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Reserves from 1981 to 1993.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Odontology and American Board of Oral Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Barsley attended Rhodes College in Memphis and LSU.

He graduated from the LSU Health School of Dentistry School of Dentistry and from Loyola University School of Law.