At Cleveland Dental, our patients want to know what is possible to improve their smile and dental health. While we will discuss your case with you in detail, we also have a wide range of patient education videos with printed supplemental materials to help you understand what treatments are available and how they are done.

Our Dentists

Our doctors are licensed by the state of Tennessee and strive to provide the most up to date treatment options for our patients. Each doctor attends many continuing education hours each year to ensure they are up to date with the latest dental technology. Each of our doctors are dedicated to increasing their knowledge which results in a high level of professional skills for the benefit of our patients.

Ernest O. Oyler, Sr., DMD, MAGD (Retired)

Ernest O. Oyler Sr.
  • 1950 – West Lafayette High School, Lafayette, IN
  • 1954 – Purdue University – BS in Pharmacy
  • 1963 – University of Louisville, School of Dentistry
  • 1986 – Academy of General Dentistry
  • 1996 – Master of General Dentistry
  • 2004 – Tennessee’s Dentist of the Year by AGD Nominee

Boating, building antique cars, and traveling – Lots & lots of traveling

Dr. Oyler has also been on several mission trips to Central America delivering dental care to those in need. He has also served as the dentist aboard the MS Zaandam, one of Holland of America’s newest cruise ships.

Ernie Oyler, Jr., DDS, MAGD, FACD

Ernie Oyler Jr.,
  • University of Tennessee – Completed Pre-Dental
  • 1993 – University of Tennessee Memphis School of Dentistry
  • America Dental Association Member
  • Psi Omega Fraternity Member
  • IMOTEP Society Member
  • Cleveland Dental Task Force Member
  • Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry Member
  • Cleveland Dental Society Member
  • Tennessee Dental Association Member
  • Academy of General Dentistry Member
  • Karis Dental Clinic Board Member
  • 2000 – Fellowship Academy of General Dentistry
  • 2007 – Received Academy of General Dentistry Mastership
  • 2006 – 2008 – Academy of General Dentistry – Vice President
  • 2008 – 2010 – Academy of General Dentistry – President
  • 2010 – 2011 – Chattanooga Area Dental Society – Treasurer
  • 2012 – Fellow in American College of Dentistry
  • 2013 – 2014 – Chattanooga Area Dental Society – President

Wife – Dr. Maricella Rodriguez, DDS, FAGD
Sons – Sebastian and Adrian


Boating, water skiing, fishing, scuba diving, snow skiing, and restoring furniture. Also enjoys traveling to remote places and helping the underprivileged with dental needs

Dr. Daniel McGovern, DMD

Dr. McGovern joins us from Georgia. After he finished his studies at the Dental College of Georgia, he went on to complete his General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. McGovern also has extensive training in IV sedation, oral surgery and dental implants. He also has been educated to treat the medically complex and compromised patient.
Prior to his dental career he was a microbiologist at the Center of Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.  His background in research allows him to provide the best evidence based treatments for his patients.
In Dr. McGovern’s off time he spends running with his 2 dogs and  with his wife, Jancy, who is also a practicing dentist in East Ridge.

Our Registered Dental Hygienists

Our hygienists are licensed by the state of Tennessee and each participate in continuing education every year and have received advanced training in preventative periodontal treatment. Each of our hygienists in dedicated to increasing their knowledge which results in a high level of professional diagnostic skills.

Sherri Bush, RDH

Sherri Bush
  • 1987 – Graduated from Hammel College, in Dental Assisting
  • 1993 – Graduated from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH – Associates Degree in Applied Science
  • Member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in September 1997
  • 2001-2003 Served as President of Chattanooga Area Dental Hygienists’ Society, Presently CADHS Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster
  • 2002-2006 Tennessee Dental Hygienists’ Association Newsletter Editor, Continuing Education Chair and Webmaster

Traveling, photography, Web page design and computers, her two black labs, and going to the movies with her husband Don

Donnis Wells, RDH

Donnis Wells
  • 1991 – Chattanooga State Technical College for Dental Assisting
  • 1996 – Graduated Chattanooga State Technical College – Associates Degree in Applied Science. Awarded the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in March 2005

Scrapbooking, Tennis, Working Out and raising her two children, Emily and Davis

Amanda Gibson, RDH

Amanda Gibson
  • 2011 – Graduated from Chattanooga State Community College
  • Recieved Outstanding Excellence Award
  • Joined Cleveland Dental July 2011

Children Haley, Davin, Drake; Also enjoys swimming, being outdoors

Our Dental Assistants

Our dental assistants are licensed by the state of Tennessee. They attend many continuing education hours each year in order to provide the highest standard of care for our patients.

Dianne Bigham, RDA

Dianne Bigham
  • Graduated from Cleveland High School
  • 2003 – Graduated Chattanooga State Technical College for Dental Assisting
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in January 1998

Playing the saxophone in her church orchestra and community band, and her grandchildren

Shannon Fella, CDA/RDA

Shannon Fella
  • Received certification in Dental Assisting at Oak Ridge Hospital.
  • Practiced dental assisting for 5 years in Alaska and Arizona.
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in September 2005

Raising sons, Landon and Brody. Also reading, cooking and enjoying the outdoors

Nicole Higdon, RDA

Nicole Higdon
  • Graduated Chattanooga State with Associates in Applied Sciences
  • Dental Assisting Program – 2012
  • Joined Cleveland Dental – January 2012

Reading, painting, shopping, and spending time with family

Kalyn Bates, RDA

  • Dental Assisting Program – 2017
  • Joined Cleveland Dental – January 2017

Reading, shopping, and spending time with family & pups

Our Administrative Personnel

Our front office staff strive to provide a warm and caring atmosphere for our patients. Although not required by state laws, they each attend continuing education classes each year in order to better serve you, our patients.

Jenny Parris, Financial Coordinator

Jenny Parris
  • Cleveland High School
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in May 2007

Raising sons Trey and Bradley, watching Georgia football, and cheering on the Cleveland Aqua Tigers swim team

Tillie Weekley, Patient Coordinator

  • Girls Proprietary School
  • UTC – BS in Psychology
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Joined Cleveland Dental Associates in February 2018

Raising her sons & outdoor sports