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.
Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie
Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie, known as “Dr. G” to patients and staff, 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, whom 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 in Biology and Chemistry in 1996. Bradley (’96) is also an UNA alumni. They were married 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 had their first child in 2009, Mary McCarley, then Jack came along in 2010. We have been blessed with our little family of four. Our family has attended Trinity Episcopal Church since 2005.