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The Ellis Family Dentistry Team

Great service starts with a great team. Our dentists and dental professionals are dedicated to providing exceptional, caring service.

Dr. Jonathan Ellis

Dr. Jonathan Ellis attended Thomas Dale High School in Chester, and completed his undergraduate degree in biology on a full academic scholarship from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2005 he graduated magna cum laude as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the VCU School of Dentistry. Dr. Ellis furthered his training through his General Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California in 2006. During this program, he learned advanced techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, dental implants, bridges, endodontics, and removable prosthetics and dentures.

Following his residency, Dr. Ellis returned to Virginia to join his father at Ellis Family Dentistry. He continues his ongoing education in dental technology and techniques. He has trained with the renowned Dawson Academy for Occlusion (bite) and smile design and taken advanced courses on dental implant tooth replacement and CEREC CAD/CAM technology. In 2013, Dr. Ellis completed the rigorous qualifications to become a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a recognized organization for dental implant education and practice.

In 2017, Dr. Ellis was recognized as one of the top dentists in Virginia by Virginia Living magazine. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, Implant Reality Study Club, the Nottaway Study Club, and a member and past president of the Southside Dental Society. He and his wife Annie have two beautiful daughters, Abby and Claire. In his spare time he enjoys travel, surfing, and snowboarding.

Dr. Jessica Keller

Dr. Keller is a West End, Richmond native. She went to Freeman High School and went on to happily become a Hokie to pursue a career in dentistry. After she graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech, she attended the School of Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2012.

After graduation, Dr. Keller moved to practice dentistry in Florida. While she was there, she completed the Heartland Doctor Leadership Series. This program gave her the opportunity to work with dentists across America to learn about the relationship between doctors and patients and how to deliver dental care that met each patients’ unique needs. Dr. Keller also participated in the Pikos Institute Pinnacle Study Club, where she developed a multi-dentist team approach to comprehensive treatment planning.

Dr. Keller returned to Virginia to be closer to family and friends, and joined our practice. She enjoys serving our community and is active with Mission of Mercy projects and Give Kids a Smile. Dr. Keller is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Southside Dental Society, and she continues her education and focus on complete oral care with the Dawson Academy for Occlusion.

Outside the office, Dr. Keller and her husband Kevin enjoy cooking together, hiking, going to concerts, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. David Ellis

Our founder Dr. David Ellis was born and grew up in Hopewell. He graduated from Hopewell High School, and then went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After he graduated, Dr. Ellis served with the Navy in Key West, Florida for two years.

In 1978, after leaving the Navy, Dr. Ellis and his family returned to Hopewell to open a private practice with the help of his wife. He and his team have proudly served Hopewell families since then.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Society, and the Nottoway Study Club. He is a past president of the Nottaway Study Club and the Southside Dental Society, and is a delegate and recently selected Fellow to the Virginia Dental Association.

Dr. Ellis and his wife live in Chester and are active members of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hopewell. They have a son, Jonathan and a daughter, Cathon, and four beloved grandchildren. Dr. Ellis is enjoying retirement but he still loves to come in to the office to lend a hand or just say hello.

Annie Ellis, Office Manager

Annie graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University in 2001 with a degree in business and music. She worked in the music industry in Virginia and California for several years after graduation. Annie joined our practice in 2006 along with her husband Dr. Jonathan and is our Office Manager.

Annie enjoys helping patients find financial solutions to make their dental care possible and affordable. She’s proud to spend every day working with a team who cares so much about the quality of care they provide the community.

At home, Annie spends her time with her daughters Abby and Claire, and enjoys going to the beach, surfing, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

Julia Ellis, Founding Manager

Julia has worked alongside her husband Dr. David since our practice was founded. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and she taught middle school math before joining Ellis Family Dentistry.

She and her husband enjoy caring for patients, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She loves being able to work with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law serving the community. She and Dr. David also have a daughter, Cathon, who develops educational material for the military. They have four grandchildren: Abby, Claire, Brooklyn, and Carter.

Tiffany Spede, Operations Manager

Tiffany grew up in Hopewell and has always been a patient at Ellis Family Dentistry. She joined our practice in 2003 and is now our Operations Manager. Tiffany works closely with current and new patients to help them achieve their treatment goals. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002.

Tiffany and her husband Mike have two daughters. They enjoy hiking, camping, going to the beach and spending time with friends.

Amber Shank, Patient Communications Coordinator

Amber has been a patient at our practice for years and was proud to join as a team member in 2016! She lives in Hopewell with her husband and two children. Her family enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and anything to do with the water. She is also an avid runner and a youth group leader at her church. Amber loves getting to know her patients and their families.

Nikki Gallahan, Insurance Coordinator

Nikki is a Fredericksburg native who relocated to Hopewell and joined Ellis Family Dentistry in 2017. As Insurance Coordinator, Nikki enjoys helping patients understand and maximize the usage of their dental benefits. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and his son, her family, and enjoying the outdoors. As the newest Ellis Family Dentistry team member, Nikki looks forward to meeting you at your next appointment!

Lynn Bland, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lynn has worked for Ellis Family Dentistry for over 30 years. She graduated high school in Hopewell, attended Richard Bland College, and graduated magna cum laude from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dental Hygiene.

Lynn lives in Prince George County with her husband Donald. They have four grown children and one granddaughter. They are active members of Destination Church.

Karen Poirier, Registered Dental Hygienist

Karen has been a patient at Ellis Family Dentistry since she was a toddler. She joined our practice in 2006 as a dental assistant. In 2007 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and returned to our practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

She and her husband Warren live in Prince George County with their daughter, two sons, and two Labrador retrievers. Karen enjoys spending time with her family, attending Unity Baptist Church, and going to sporting events.

Kellsie Hudson, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kellsie has been a patient at Ellis Family Dentistry since she was two years old. She joined our team in 2011 as a dental assistant for Dr. Jonathan. She went to Thomas Nelson Community College in 2015 to become a Registered Dental Hygienist, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Virginia Dental Hygienists Association Student Award.

Kellsie enjoys helping patients with their preventative care. Outside the office she enjoys playing softball, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. She and her fiancé have two dogs.

Caroline Noel, Registered Dental Hygienist

Caroline joined our practice in 2006. She grew up in Chester and graduated from L.C. Bird High School, where she cheered and completed two years of classes in dental occupational technology. In 2012 she graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Thomas Nelson College and became a hygienist with us.

Caroline loves to help and educate patients about the importance of dental care, and loves to get to know her patients and their families.

Angela Aldrich, Dental Assistant

Angela has been a Dental Assistant with us since August 1987. Over the years, she has had the joy of meeting families and watching their children grow.

Angela lives in Prince George with her husband, Herb. They have one grown daughter. She’s an animal lover and has lots of pets. Outside the office, Angela loves to fish and is a big NASCAR fan.

Brittany Cox, Dental Assistant

Brittany joined Ellis Family Dentistry in August 2015, shortly after graduating from Centura College as a Certified Dental Assistant. She was born and raised in Dinwiddie, where she still lives, and has an older brother, a sister-in-law, and two nephews. Brittany enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her family and friends, and enjoys going to the beach and the races.

Christina Paulino, Dental Assistant

Christina joined our team in 2018 as Dr. Jonathan's chairside assistant. She has been a dental assistant since 2006 in New York, where she was born and raised. Christina recently relocated to Virginia in 2017 with her two daughters. She enjoys going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Christina welcomes the opportunity to get to know patients and their families.

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