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Dr. Angela Beth Armstead, DDS

Dr. Armstead received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics from Marshall University and graduated with Cum Laude honors in 1991. She then enrolled in West Virginia University School of Dentistry where she graduated with Honors in 1995. She was also inducted into the Honorary Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Armstead chose to base her practice here in the Mountain State, serving her home town of Clendenin for 10 years until moving to her present day, Charleston based office in 2006.

Her dental practice has been awarded “Best in the Valley” by Charleston Gazette-Mail readers in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Dr. Armstead has also been honored with the American Society of Dentistry for Children Certificate of Merit and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award.

Her professional affiliations include:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- West Virginia Dental Association (WVDA)
- Kanawha Valley Dental Association (KVDA)
- American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)

As a life-long resident of West Virginia and a graduate of Elk River’s own Herbert Hoover High School, Dr. Armstead has dedicated herself to serving the state through a commitment to general family dentistry. This work extends far beyond her own office, as she has a Faculty Appointment with the WVU School of Dentistry where she acts as an off-site professor to students just beginning to ply their craft.

During these students’ 6-week rotation, Dr. Armstead supervises while they offer discounted dental procedures to those patients with the greatest needs and the least amount of resources. Keeping with the caring philosophy that those who work with her are family, she stays in touch with many of her students long after they graduate.

Dr. Armstead is also active in many programs geared towards children, as her practice was designated as an AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative Office. This program aims to get all kindergarten-age children an oral examination before starting school to address the growing concerns of childhood tooth decay. She is also the only provider in Kanawha County for “Smiles Across America,” a service which gives free cleanings and sealants to all children under the age of 18, regardless of income or availability of insurance.

In her free time, Angela is an avid automotive enthusiast, with a love for drag racing, car shows, and motorcycles. She owns a 1951 Henry J, which she and her family enjoy taking to various car shows around the state. When she is not traveling by automobile or motorcycle, she can be found helping around the farm in Ripley, WV, where she keeps her two Austrailan Shepherds.


Shelley McKinney, RDH, BS

Shelley McKinney is a 1996 graduate from West Virginia University's School of Dentistry. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is a recipient of the Golden Scaler Award, given to those who show the utmost of skill and talent in their course work. Shelley is certified in Public Health and General Supervision, and also holds certification in Local Anesthesia and Professional Tooth Whitening. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the West Virginia Dental Hygienist Association.

When not busy as a mother of two sons, she likes to read. Shelley is currently working on a degree in Theology and Religious Studies.
She is a member of the Maranatha Fellowship Church in St Albans, WV. In 2008 she went on a missions trip to Mexico to help provide services.

Shelley and her family enjoy being outdoors camping and playing soccer.


Lesley Cruickshank, RDH, BS

Lesley joined our practice in 2006 when we expanded our office to accommodate our growing family of patients. She graduated from West Virginia University School of Dental Hygiene in 1998 as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and like her colleague is a recipient of the Golden Scaler Award. Lesley holds certification in General Supervision, Anesthesia and Professional Tooth Whitening. Lesley is recently married and enjoys spending time with her husband. She also enjoys running, working in the yard, and spending time with friends and family.


Our practice is also staffed by two talented Certified Dental Assistants:


Debbie Mays, CDA

Debbie has worked as a part of Dr. Armstead’s staff since the practice opened in Clendenin, and has been a Dental Assistant since 1995 and was Certified in 2006. She takes the utmost pride in her work, and enjoys working with Dr. Armstead and the rest of the staff as much as she enjoys making her patients’ smiles shine. The only thing she loves more than her work is the time spent with her family, particularly her four granddaughters who are the light of her life.


Jennifer Siders, CDA

Jennifer Siders has been a Dental Assistant for over 15 years and was Certified in 2006.. She is here to assist Dr. Armstead in your treatment, and provide you with gentle, comfortable care throughout all of your procedures. When not at the office, she can be found on the baseball field cheering on her son or enjoying the great outdoors with the rest of her family while camping and boating.


Angi Cossin

Angi is our office manager, and one of the most important members of our staff. Her valuable knowledge shows that she has been in the dental field for 14 years as an assistant and in the financial department. She is available to assist you with your insurance and payment coordination, and help you set up payment plans if necessary. Feel free to ask her any questions you may have, as it is her number one priority to make your transition into our family as easy as possible.

Angi and her husband are blessed with two daughters. They stay busy with the girls’ many extracurricular sporting activities: volleyball, softball, and basketball. In her spare time, Angi enjoys shopping and numerous outdoor activities with her family and friends, such as boating, camping, and going to the beach.

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