Meet the Team

We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs.

Our staff is uniquely trained and highly skilled, and we strive to provide unparalleled service to each patient. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and certifications, and years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Kayla Bowman

kayraKayla is the receptionist for The Braces Place, so she is the smiling face you see when you walk in the office door. She loves working at the front desk so she can greet and get to know everyone. She enjoys rock climbing, eating sushi and baking cakes in her spare time.

Laura Strickland

lauraLaura is an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Pennella. She loves working in the field of orthodontics because it is fun getting to know the patients. For Laura, it is also rewarding to see the final result – their beautiful new smiles!

Paige Stiles

PaigeAs an orthodontic assistant, you will most likely find Paige in the treatment bay. She works in both Lexington and our North East Columbia office. The best part? The great patients and having lots of fun! In her spare time, Paige loves playing everything Disney, Britney Spears, traveling and hanging out with her husband Mac.

Sandra Backman

sandraSandra is an orthodontic assistant for The Braces Place. She stays busy with her husband and two children. Sandra loves living and working in Lexington. If you asked her, she would tell you that she will not move from this growing town. Because Sandra is such a people person, she enjoys interacting with all the wonderful patients and fun staff. Sandra also serves on the Lexington One School Board.

Susan Smith

susanSusan has extensive experience in dentistry, including pedodontics, oral surgery and orthodontics. She loves being an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Pennella. If you ask Susan what aspect of working at The Braces Place she loves the most, she would tell you it is working with patients of all ages and helping to create beautiful and bright smiles. Susan and her husband have one son, two dogs and a cat.

Michele Sheppard

michelleMichele has been working in dentistry for many years. She has extensive experience in orthodontics, as well as cosmetic and general dentistry. She is an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Pennella, and enjoys helping them create beautiful smiles. Michele and her husband have one son. In her leisure time, she enjoys golf, horseback riding, camping, and hanging out with family and friends.

Miguel A. Morales, Sr.

miguelMiguel is a certified orthodontic lab technician. He came to the Columbia area from Puerto Rico over 36 years ago. Miguel served in the Navy where he received his dental training and has been in the dental profession since 1970. As an orthodontic lab technician, he manages the Lab and the Records room. This allows him to stay in contact with all the great patients at The Braces Place. Miguel has three adult children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include pocket billiards and photography. He also speaks Spanish fluently.

Brittney Miles

brittanyBrittney is a orthodontic assistant for Dr. Pennella. She has extensive experience in dentistry, as she was a dental assistant for years before joining The Braces Place. Brittney always has a smile on her face and loves working with patients.

Cher Sheldon

cherCher is a front desk coordinator for Dr. Pennella. You will see her smiling face when you come to the office, and hear her friendly voice on the phone. Cher has three children that keep her busy when she is not working at The Braces Place. She loves to travel and spend time outdoors.

Emily Spires

emilyEmily is an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Pennella, She has extensive experience in the dental field as she has worked as a dental assistant for years before joining The Braces Place team. She loves helping people with their dental needs because she believes a bright smile is the best look on someone! Emily and her husband Parker are recently married and looking forward to the next chapter of their lives together.