Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office.
Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible.
Cyndi – Scheduling Coordinator
Cyndi moved here from
Michigan in 2016 and joined the White Knoll Dentistry team in February 2017.
Her love for dentistry and patients has kept her in the dental field
for over 30 years. She will make you feel welcome when you
arrive for your visit and be happy to help you with scheduling your
appointments, paperwork, and insurance benefits. When Cyndi is
not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two wonderful
Sherri – Insurance Coordinator
Sherri joined the
White Knoll Dentistry team in September 2017 and has over 20
years of experience in the dental field.She has always had a
passion for dentistry and enjoys seeing patients achieve
optimum dental health. She will be happy to help you
understand any of your insurance questions and maximize your
dental benefits. Sherri lives in Lexington with her husband
and two children. When she is not working, she enjoys spending
time outdoors with her family, traveling, and cooking
Kayla – Dental Assistant
Kayla is Dr. Backman’s assistant. She attended Midlands Technical College where she received her Expanded Duty Dental Assisting certificate with an Associate in science. Kayla has been a Dental Assistant since 2013 and has been with White Knoll Dentistry since October of 2014. Kayla lives in Lexington with her husband Chad and two little boys. She enjoys reading, running, and the time spent with her children when she is not working.
Heather – Dental Assistant
Heather is Dr. Pennella’s assistant. She is originally from the Williston, SC area. Her grandfather was the dentist there and that is where her love for dentistry began. Her family moved to Aiken when she was in the third grade. She graduated from Aiken High School. Then, she went to Aiken Technical College and got her Associate’s degree in Health Science with her major being Dental Assisting. She has been a dental assistant since 2001 and she joined our team in 2011. She now lives in Wagener with her loving husband and two beautiful daughters. She is an active member of Bethcar Baptist Church.
Heather always says: “If you have to work; you may as well do something you
are good at and something you love.” Heather can truly say she loves what she does!
Regina – Registered Dental Hygienist
has worked at White Knoll Dentistry as a hygienist since the office opened
their doors in 2009. She graduated with an Associate degree as a Registered
Dental Hygienist with honors from Midlands Technical College. She also won
the award for best clinician of her graduating class. Regina also has a
Certificate in Dental Assisting and has been in the dental field since 2006.
Regina lives in West Columbia with her husband David and enjoys spending
time with her family and friends. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering
in the ministry at her church, amusement parks, and going on vacations to
the beach and mountains. Regina is a compassionate and hard working person
who truly cares about all of her patients and wants the best for their oral
Sandra – Registered Dental Hygienist
joined the White Knoll Dentistry team in 2010. She received
an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from
Midlands Technical College in 2010 but has had dental experience since 2004
as a Certified Dental Assistant. She is certified in Anesthesia, Nitrous
Oxide, Radiology, and CPR, and continues furthering her education through CE
courses throughout the year. She takes seriously helping patients maintain
their dental health. Sandra is bilingual and is a great help to our Spanish
speaking patients. She lives in Swansea with her husband and
three small children. She loves spending time with her family.
Aida - Registered Dental Hygienist
graduated from Midlands Technical College in 2012 with
an Associate’s degree in
Dental Hygiene. She joined the White Knoll Dentistry team in April 2017. She
lives in Lexington with her husband Michael and their two cats and two dogs
and enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. Aida enjoys learning more at
continuing education courses throughout the state to better her knowledge to
assist her patients better.
Jennifer - Registered Dental Hygienist
Jennifer joined the White Knoll Dentistry team in March 2018. She received her Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Midlands Technical College and has been practicing since 2005. She truly enjoys treating patients and furthering her learning in her field. She is a native of Barnwell, SC, but has been a resident of Columbia since 2003. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When she’s not working she enjoys various activities including camping, reading, and is a die hard Gamecock fan! Her goal as a hygienist is to make her patients comfortable and enjoy coming to the dentist.