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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 is an Alumnus with the renowned Dawson Academy for Functional Occlusion (bite) and smile design and has also 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. 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.

Dr. Rebecca Karp

Dr. Rebecca Karp

Dr. Rebecca Karp is excited to be a part of the team at Ellis Family Dentistry. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Dr. Karp graduated from Norfolk Academy with a passion to pursue a career in the medical field. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and German Literature at the University of Virginia in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she was motivated to embark on a career in dentistry after shadowing mentors and seeing the positive influence in the community that dentistry provides. After obtaining her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, she returned to UVA to complete a two year General Practice Residency at the Medical Center. During this program, she learned advanced dental procedures on medically complex patients in a hospital setting.

Dr. Karp enjoys offering comprehensive dental care with a focus on surgical procedures to patients of all ages. In addition to being a member of the American Dental Association and Virginia Dental Association, Dr. Karp dedicates time and service to the local dental community through programs such as Give Kids a Smile and Mission of Mercy projects. In her free time, Rebecca can be found running in local races, playing in friendly yet competitive tennis matches with her sisters, golfing, skiing, and hiking with her dog!

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 are enjoying the adventure of parenthood – helping their daughters Nellie and Josie explore the world. Together, they travel near and far, attend sporting events, listen to live music, and spend time with friends and family.

Annie Ellis, Practice 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 Practice 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.

Nikki Gallahan, Financial Manager

Nikki is a Fredericksburg native who relocated to Hopewell and joined Ellis Family Dentistry in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her significant other, their two sons, as well as her family and friends. Outside of work Nikki loves to enjoy the outdoors with the kids and relax at the beach.

As Financial Manager, Nikki oversees patient scheduling and helps patients understand both the dental and financial aspects of their care. She enjoys working with the Ellis Family Dentistry team to give patients a wonderful experience!

Ashley Puryear

ASHLEY PURYEAR, Operations Manager

Ashley Puryear joined Ellis Family Dentistry in January of 2019. As Operations Manager, Ashley plans and manages dental business operations to ensure excellent patient support services. She lives in Chester with her husband, two sons, and two labs and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and time out at the ball fields. Ashley looks forward to meeting you at your next appointment!

Gabrielle Soto

Gabrielle Soto, Receptionist and Floating Assistant

Gabrielle joined Ellis Family Dentistry in August 2020. She lives in Hopewell with her family and her dog, Bella. She enjoys exercising, trying new foods, traveling, and is a skincare enthusiast. She's currently a student at VCU studying for her Bachelors in Science with a minor in Chemistry and is attending beauty school, studying esthetics. Gabrielle looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

Lynn Bland, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lynn has worked for Ellis Family Dentistry for over 40 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, one grandson, 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.

Karrie Croker, Registered Dental Hygienist

Karrie is the newest team member here at Ellis Family Dentistry. Originally from Richmond, she moved to New York City in 2007 to attend New York University College of Dentistry where she earned her degree in dental hygiene in 2009 and lived and worked in Manhattan for another decade before returning home.

Karrie lives in Petersburg with her husband and step daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling.

Melissa McDuff

Melissa McDuff, Registered Dental Hygienist

Melissa has been a long time patient and employee with the Ellis’s for over 25 years. She has spent many years of her working hours alongside Julia Ellis, learning the business side of dentistry, as well as beginning her clinical knowledge chairside with Dr. David Ellis. She attributes her firm foundation of dental career to the Ellis’s. Melissa attended Richard Bland College, John Tyler Community College, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the VCU School of Dental Hygiene in 2005. While she enjoys her career, she treasures time spent with her family and friends. She continues to grow professionally and spiritually, realizing that helping others is one of the best gifts in life.

Amber Shank, Dental Assistant

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 two children and enjoys spending her time hiking, biking, and camping. She is an avid runner and loves to bake! Amber loves getting to know her patients and their families.

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 relocated to Virginia in 2017 with her husband Ralph and 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.

Krista Bowers

Krista Bowers, Dental Assistant

Krista is one of the newest members of Ellis Family Dentistry. She joined the team in July of 2020 after receiving her Certification in Dental Assisting. She lives in Prince George with her husband and four kids and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends. Krista is excited to be working alongside the doctors to provide quality care to our patients and their families.

Jenna Averesch

Jenna Averesch, Dental Assistant

Jenna has been a patient at Ellis Family Dentistry since she was a teenager. She completed her training as a Dental Assistant with the Red Cross Dental Assisting Program in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Jenna lives in Disputanta with her dog Luna. When not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She is very excited to begin her Dental Assisting career working with our patients and providing heartfelt, quality dental care.

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