Meet Our Team
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for our patients. As a doctor, I recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in us and our team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.
Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.
Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.
Chris Pennisi, D.D.S.
Dr. Pennisi graduated in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry with highest distinction and honors and was also elected to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor fraternity. Prior to that Dr. Pennisi worked in research in the Department of Physiology in the UNC School of Medicine and then in the pharmaceutical industry at GlaxoSmithKline. He was born and raised in Troy, New York and moved to Chapel Hill in 1995 to finish his undergraduate studies. He received his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.
Dr. Pennisi continues to integrate his research background in dentistry by following the methods, materials and technological advancements used in dentistry that have been proven through scientific research. He keeps abreast of the latest advancements by participating in more than four times the state required continuing education courses. Dr. Pennisi believes the optimal approach to patient care is through the application of these proven methods to the unique needs and desires of each patient. With this approach stable, predictable and long lasting results can be obtained.
Dr. Pennisi has been married for 14 years and has 3 daughters. When Dr. Pennisi is not in the office, he enjoys woodworking, outdoor activities, spending time with his family and UNC sports. He is an active member of the Wake County Dental Society, North Carolina Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He is certified in Invisalign, Lumineers and implant placement and restoration (Implant Dentistry Continuum).
Kelly graduated in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her B.S. in Dental Hygiene. She joined the Pennisi Dentistry team in November of 2016. Kelly truly enjoys talking and getting to know her patients. She loves dentistry because it allows her to combine her passion for healthcare with making people smile! A North Carolina native, she grew up in Cary and now lives in Raleigh. She is getting married in July to her fiancé Zach. She is a die-hard Carolina fan (Go Heels!). When she is not practicing dentistry she enjoys practicing hot yoga, waterskiing, spending time with friends and family, and of course, attending UNC sporting events!
Pat graduated from the University of Bridgeport Fones Dental Hygiene School in Connecticut in 1981. While living in Connecticut Pat worked in the public health field and designed/ developed a dental clinic at an Autistic and multi-handicap school. Pat and her family relocated to Garner in 1988 where she worked part-time as a dental hygienist. In 1997 Pat began working with Dr. Smith full time. Pat now resides near Sanford with her husband Rick and their dog Logan. She is a proud mother of two boys and a wonderful daughter-in-law. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the beach, mountains, or relaxing by the lake. She thoroughly enjoys quilting, do it yourself projects, and spending time with her family.
Leah’s interest in dentistry began while she was still in highschool, working part-time in her stepfather’s family practice. She enjoyed working with patients so much, that after graduation, she sought a full-time position in the dental field. Since that time, she has acquired a variety of experience with several different practitioners. With other 14 years experience, she welcomes our patients with gentle, caring demeanor, helping patients feel at ease while our care. Leah thoroughly enjoys talking with patients and getting to know each one she meets. Throughout her dental career, Leah has continually improved her knowledge base, so that she might better serve her patients. In her efforts to increase her value, she obtained an Associate’s Degree, and became certified to expose dental radiographs, coronal polish, assist with Invisalign, instruct radiology in proprietary schools and provide CPR in the event of emergency. Leah also earned her national certification in dental assisting.
TracyTracy graduated from Guildford Technical Community College in 1994 as a certified dental assistant. Tracy started working in Greensboro and in 1997 joined Dr. Smith’s dental office as a chair side assistant. Tracy is knowledgeable in many areas including taking radiographs, coronal polishing, taking impressions, and helping in other daily tasks in the office. Tracy and her husband Alan are the proud parents of their daughter Sydney. In her free time Tracy enjoys shopping, trips to the beach, and spending time with her family.