About Your Dentist

Elise Penafiel, DDS

“I like the relationships I have built with my patients. The ability to treat patients and be a contributor to their overall health and appearance is rewarding.”

My Mission

“I strive to be competent, honest, understanding, friendly, accommodating, and fun. I truly care for my patients, and want them to feel comfortable when they see me.”


  • 1992 - B.A. in Biology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1993 - Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • 1999 - D.D.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore, MD

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Penafiel has completed a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC, and says current on the latest technology by regularly taking continuing education courses. She is a member of the Chesapeake Dental Implant Study Club, a volunteer at the Stanton Community Health Center in Annapolis, MD, and a Coordinator for dental health education programs for the area pre-K and elementary schools.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Penafiel is a Parishioner at Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in Millersville, MD. She also enjoys cooking, movies and spending time with her family.