Jay Lala is an Iowa native originally from Cedar Rapids. Jay attended Mount Mercy College and the University of Iowa Dental school where he graduated in 1988. Jay completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in 1989 in Iowa City. In 1993 Jay opened Central Park Dentistry here in Mason City and quickly became recognized as one of the top dentists in Northern Iowa.
In 1991 Jay married Lorrie but there is more to the story than that. One little known fact is that Jay met Lorrie while in dental school… literally! Lorrie was a patient with an intense fear of going to the dentist. Luckily for Jay (and Lorrie) it turned out that Jay knew how to put apprehensive patients at ease. In Lorrie’s case Jay put her enough at ease to eventually say “I do” and the rest, as they say, is history! Today Jay and Lorrie reside in Mason City with their two sons Nick and Sam along with four dogs (2 Standard Poodles, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 miniature Dachshund.)
When Jay isn’t seeing his dental patients he enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, sporting clays, golf, ATVs, and hunting with his Golden Retriever. If Tommy Bahama ever holds an amateur golf tournament we’re pretty certain Jay will be there sporting his best Magnum P.I. inspired outfit by Tommy B. Go Jay! If you are a current patient or plan on becoming one you’ll know (or quickly learn) what we mean by that comment!
Jay is not your typical strait laced dentist. Be prepared to smile or even laugh during your dental visit. Jay’s carefully selected staff and partners (Dr. Matt Hansen & Dr. Jennifer Thackery) are all receptive to patient’s fears and concerns.
Going to the dentist should be enjoyable and no more stressful than getting a hair cut. Jay learned early on how to treat fearful patients and this is just one of many attributes that make Central Park Dentistry such a successful practice today.