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. Shawn Ballard

Dr. Ballard received his dental education from the WVU School of Dentistry and graduated in 2018. Outside the office, he enjoys golfing, spending time with his wife Morgan and dog Zaid. He is also the head Basketball Coach at Scott High School.

Dr. Lindsey Young

Dr. Lindsey Young is from Clarksburg, WV and currently lives in Charleston, WV. She graduated from WVU in Dec 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. She graduated from WVU school of dentistry in 2018. She recently got married In July to her husband Matt and she has a stepdaughter, Kaylee. Dr. Young also has three dogs (Gryffin, Cujo, and Chloe).

In her spare time, she likes to go out on her boat, go to WVU football games, spend time with friends and family, watch her husband play travel softball, watch her daughter play T-ball and gymnastics.

Office Staff

Davina Elkins
Office Administrator

Davina graduated from Carver Center in 2005 as a dental assistant. Been with CDA since 2019. She enjoys spending time with her husband Rick and children Taylor and Luke.

Tracy Thornsbury
Office Manager

Tracy joined CDA in January 2017 bringing over 25 years of experience in dentistry. She loves spending time with her daughters Erika and Whitney, grandchildren, Isaac, Sophie, Layla, Lucy, Tori, Ava & Lennon. She enjoys cooking and being a dog mom to Bruno and Dee Dee.

Dental Hygienists

Bridget Hill
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bridget obtained her bachelor of science degree in Dental Hygiene at WVU. She loves spending time with her husband Sean, son’s Cole and Finn, and her pets Goose and Maverick. She enjoys Real Estate in her spare time, home projects, traveling and kids activities.

Chelsey Ullom
Registered Dental Hygienist

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

Hollie McClure
Registered Dental Hygienist

She attended Carver Career Center for Dental Assisting in 1999. She went on to WV University Institute of Technology and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She joined Charleston Dental Associates in March of 2021. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters watching WVU football, basketball, and volleyball. She enjoys traveling, hiking, & kayaking.

Sara Justice
Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara is a 2011 graduate of Bridgemont CTC. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree and will graduate from West Liberty University in May 2022.  She enjoys traveling and WVU sports when not treating patients in the office. She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter Mila and dog Bo.

Dental Assistants

Angel Johnston
Dental Assistant

Angel has been working as a dental assistant for 10 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband Martin and her two daughters Merissa and Taylor.  When shes not working, she loves caring for her granddaughters Aubrey and Adalyn

Sherry Burns
Dental Assistant

Lifelong resident of Charleston. Her interests include her loving family, her strong faith and her dear friends. Her hobbies are gaming and spending time in her garden

Dedra Turner
Dental Assistant

Dedra has been working as a Dental Assistant for almost 20 years. She enjoys singing, spending time with her family and friends and she loves fishing in her spare time. She joined Charleston Dental Associates in May 2022


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