About Charleston Dental Associates

Charleston Dental Associates was founded in 1976 by Dr. Ernest N. Pennington. From the beginning, Dr. Pennington and our team have provided patients with the highest level of care. Over the years, we have treated patients in every phase of life — we serve patients age two years and above, families, and seniors. To ensure you and your loved one receive the best dental care we utilize the latest dental technology and equipment.

Mission Statement

Provide the public quality dental care, while maintaining a high level of respect, ethics, morals, and kindness to our patients. We strive to maintain a friendly environment that provides a “family-like” atmosphere while improving the quality of life and restoring function and health of our patients.

Our Doctors

Ernest N. Pennington, D.D.S

Dr. Ernest Pennington received his dental education from the University Of West Virginia School of Dentistry in 1976.

He’s affiliated with several organizations, including the American and West Virginia Dental Associations and Kanawha Valley Dental Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Outside the office, Dr. Pennington enjoys WVU Football and WVU Basketball. He spends his free time traveling, listening to music, and spending time with his family and grandsons Nolan and Levi, and granddaughter Ava.

Dr. Mohini Patel

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Dr. Shawn Ballard

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Dr. Danielle Wade

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Office Staff

Davina Elkins
Office Administrator


Andrea Pennington
Financial Administrator

Andrea graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with a degree in Advertising from the school of Journalism. Andrea also attended WV Wesleyan College and received her MBA in 2006. She has been on the staff of CDA since 2008. She likes spending time with her husband, John and sons Nolan and Levi, and daughter Ava. Outside of the office, Andrea teaches several aerobics classes including Zumba, Pilates, Piloxing, and Les Mills Body Pump.

Tracy Thornsbury
Office Manager

Tracy joined Charleston Dental Associates in January 2017 bringing over 25 years experience in Dentistry. She loves spending time with her daughters Erika and Whitney, grandchildren Isaac, Sophia, Layla and Lucy. She enjoys cooking, crocheting, attending her church and playing with her dog Bruno.

Dental Hygienists

Bridget Foster
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bridget graduated from the University of West Virginia Dental Hygiene School in 2006. She has been at CDA since 2008. Bridget enjoys traveling, WVU sports, entertaining and her dog Maverick. Bridget and has a son named Cole.

Chelsey Ullom
Registered Dental Hygienist

Chelsey Ullom graduated from dental hygiene school in 2017. Chelsey enjoys spending time with her husband Jordan, and dogs Maverick and Macy. She enjoys running and traveling to Disney World.

Della Hackney
Registered Dental Hygienist

Della graduated from WV Institute of Technology in 2004 as a dental hygienist. She has been at CDA since 2009. She has over 20 years experience in dentistry. She can do hygiene and dental assist. Outside of the office, Della enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and four children Logan, Halley, Thomas, and Brianna. She is also Maw Maw Del to her grandsons Nolan and Carter.

Dental Assistants

Trena Dingess
Certified Dental Assistant

Trena graduated from Carver Center in 2005 as a dental assistant, and has also worked at CDA since 2005. Trena enjoys spending time with family and her Yorkshire Terriers, Macie, Molly, and Mackie. She enjoys going to church and also teaches Addiction Classes and is going to school to get a degree in Addiction Counseling.

Angel Johnston
Dental Assistant

Angel has been working as a dental assistant for 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Martin and her two daughters Merissa and Taylor. When she’s not working she loves caring for her granddaughter Aubrey, and spending time with her family and God.

Sherry Burns
Dental Assistant

Connie Stevens
Dental Assistant


For more information about our team, services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 304-344-0344.