Meet our general dentist - Kershaw, SC

Meet Dr. Cornelius

Dr. Joanna Cornelius

Dr. Joanna Cornelius, a passionate and committed general dentist, has been in practice with Bela Dentistry of Kershaw since 2015. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Cornelius moved to Bluffton, South Carolina, with her family in 2004 and has spent more than half of her life in the South. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Coastal Carolina University, she went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina.

For the past decade, Dr. Cornelius has dedicated herself to evolving her knowledge and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education in order to provide the most progressive and all-encompassing treatment to her patients. Areas in which she has expertise include, clear aligner therapy (invisible ortho), full mouth rehabilitation, restorative implant dentistry, temporomandibular joint therapy, and aesthetic dentistry. One of her greatest passions is facial esthetics, Dr. Cornelius has been certified as a master injector by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. These services include botulinum toxin treatment for migraines and esthetics, dermal fillers for the entire face, and PDO thread treatments. Dr. Cornelius brings a fresh, innovative perspective to the forever changing and evolving world of general dentistry and is devoted to providing her patients with the most advanced and appropriate solutions. It is Dr. Cornelius’ belief that every patient should be treated individually, by first evaluating their total health and then creating a plan tailored to their own specific goals.

Dr. Cornelius has fully embraced southern culture and the south’s strong familial and community values, and she has built strong professional and personal ties with the state of South Carolina. When asked what she likes most about practicing in Kershaw, she responded, “working in a town like Kershaw reminds me that dentistry is more than just fixing teeth. It is about building relationships with people and letting them know that their health and wellbeing is my number one priority. I am grateful that not only the staff, but also the town of Kershaw has allowed me to be a part of something very special which Dr. Howell has built over the last 40 years.”

Outside of work, Dr. Cornelius enjoys cooking, fishing, golfing, visiting the Carolina beaches, and playing with her two Pugs, Dudley and Penny.

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