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Our Dentists

Dr. Julie Rice

Dr. Julie Rice was born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Formerly Julie Weems, she graduated from Muscle Shoals High School in 1997 and then attended the University of Alabama. In 2001, she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare. After college, she moved to Birmingham and took a job with the University of Alabama Applied Gerontology Program. It was during her two years with the program that she realized a career in psychology was not meant for her. She returned to the Shoals, took a few pre-requisite courses at The University of North Alabama and applied for dental school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

During this time she met Marcus Rice, who also grew up in the Shoals and is a UNA graduate.They were married in July 2005. Julie went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2009 from the UAB School of Dentistry. Upon graduation, she and Marcus moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she practiced dentistry for 5 years. Soon after the 2012 birth of their daughter, Marlie, Julie realized she wanted to return to the Shoals not only to practice dentistry, but also to raise her daughter amidst family and the comforts of home.

The Rice’s relocated to the Shoals in the summer of 2014, and she and Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie opened Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals in October 2014. Julie is so excited to be partnering with her mentor and great friend, Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie. To be able to practice dentistry with a person one trusts and admires is a dream come true. Julie loves being a dentist. She enjoys helping people and developing lasting relationships with her patients. In her free time, Julie supports Sheffield High School athletics, where Marcus is a teacher and football/softball coach. She also loves tailgating and trips to Orange Beach.

Member of:
 American Dental Association
 Alabama Dental Association
 Alabama Dental Association 6th District (President elect 2012, Vice President 2011, Secretary 2010)
 Phi Mu Fraternity

Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie

Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie, known as “Dr. G” to her patients and team, is a life-long resident of the Shoals area. She was raised in Sheffield as Mary Leigh Grissom, daughter of the late Jackie L. Grissom and Jackie McCarley White. She relocated to Florence at age eleven where she met her husband, Bradley, who is originally from Moulton, Alabama. She graduated from Coffee High School in 1991 then continued her education at the University of North Alabama. Mary Leigh received her Bachelors of Science Degree both in Biology and Chemistry in 1996. Bradley is also a 1996 an UNA alumnus. They were married in August 1999. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2002. Bradley and Mary Leigh have two amazing children: Mary McCarley and Jack. Their family has attended Trinity Episcopal Church since 2005.

Dr. Gillespie came back to the Shoals in 2002 to begin practicing dentistry. In 2014, she and her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Julie Rice began the amazing practice, Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals. Together, they have grown the practice and have expanded with adding associate dentists and more operatories to serve more of our wonderful community.

Dr. Gillespie was raised by the old saying… Love thy neighbor as thy self. She is forever striving to go above and beyond to treat others as she would want to be treated. Happily, Mary Leigh frequently loves to quote the Life is Good Motto: Love what you do. Do what you love. She is ever growing in her knowledge of dentistry through going above and beyond the state requirements of continuing education. Dr. G is committed to providing her patients with the highest quality of dental care in the most state-of-the-art office. She has been blessed to take care of so many wonderful people in the Shoals since 2002.

In her spare time, Dr. G loves to spend time with her family and supporting the University of North Alabama Alumni

Member of:
 American Dental Association
 Academy of General Dentists
 Alabama Dental Association 8th District (President 2008, Vice President 2007, Secretary 2006, member since 2002)
 Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society
 Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society
 Psi Omega Fraternity
 UAB School of Dentistry Public Health Awareness Committee
 Alabama Association of Women Dentist
 Member of University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry Alumni since 2002
 Tri-County Dental Society President 2014-2017
 University of North Alabama Alumni Board Vice President Elect 2018
 University of North Alabama Alumni Executive Board member since 2016
Accomplishments
 Co-founder of Dentistry from the Heart in the Shoals
 Co-founder of Thanksgiving Back A Smile in 2014
 Editor-In-Chief of UAB School of Dentistry Dentala
 Co-founder of Dentistry from the Heart in 2006
Awards
 2018 Times Daily Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Dentist in the Shoals
 2017 Times Daily Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Dentist in the Shoals
 Recipient of the UAB School of Dentistry Alumni Scholarship 1998 to 2002
 Recipient of the UAB School of Dentistry Alunmi Award to Senior Dental Student 2002
 Recipient of the UAB School of Dentistry Outstanding Young Alumnus Award 2009
 Recipient of the UNA Alumni Service Award 2014

Dr. Brittney Reeves

I grew up in Moulton, Al where I graduated from Lawrence County High School in 2003. After high school, I continued my education at The University of Alabama where I obtained my undergraduate degree in 2007. I received my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from UAB school of dentistry in 2011. Once I graduated from dental school, I practiced dentistry in Geraldine, Al as part of a rural health program before moving to the shoals.

I got my love of dentistry from my Mom, who is a dental hygienist. I continue to strive to learn about new materials and technologies through continuing education. I’m also a member of several dental associations. I am so excited to now become a part of this wonderful team here at Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals.

I’ve been married to my husband Jason since 2011. We were so excited to welcome our precious son, Harrison, in June. When away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my little one along with family and friends. I also enjoy watching and cheering on the Crimson Tide.

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