Dr. Alex Drake opened Drake Dentistry in July 2012. He had worked for local dentists, but he wanted to open his own business. He had a vision of what the perfect dental office would be, and he intended to fulfill that vision. His goal was to offer Oxford, NC and the surrounding areas the absolute best in dentistry, while providing a hometown feel and personal touch. Through his practice, he wanted to build strong relationships with people in the community seeking healthy, beautiful smiles.
Meet the Dentists
Alex Drake, DDS
A native of Henderson, North Carolina, Dr. Alex Drake is excited about having returned…
A native of Henderson, North Carolina, Dr. Alex Drake is excited about having returned close to home to provide the highest quality dental care to the people of Oxford and the surrounding areas. Dr. Drake graduated with Distinction from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Psychology before deciding to pursue a career in dentistry at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. In 2006, he graduated with Honors and chose to continue his education in a General Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. In his residency, Dr. Drake received extensive training in all areas of general dentistry, including hospital operating room dentistry, IV sedation dentistry, oral surgery and dental implants.
He returned home in 2007 and practiced as an associate until opening his own private practice in Oxford, NC in July 2012. Dr. Drake is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the local Gateway Dental Study Club. Dr. Drake is originally from Henderson and graduated from Kerr-Vance Academy in 1996. He is the son of Dr. Roddy and Beverly Drake of Henderson and the son-in-law of Drs. Weldon and Cindy Hampton of Oxford. He is married to Dr. Darcy Drake and they reside in Oxford with their four beautiful daughters as well as their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife and daughters, exercising, boating on Kerr Lake , being involved with his church as well as following all UNC Tar Heel sports closely.
From Dr. Drake
Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship. As a local native, I am also deeply embedded in our community and strive to build optimal relationships and help our community grow.
I greatly appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about our dental practice, our team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health. We take great pride in partnering with you to optimize all aspects of your oral health!
Donna Bryan Spears, DDS, MPH
Dr. Donna Bryan Spears is excited to be practicing dentistry in her hometown…
Donna Bryan Spears
Dr. Donna Bryan Spears is excited to be practicing dentistry in her hometown. She is a graduate of Salem College, U.N.C. School of Dentistry, and U.N.C. School of Public Health. For over 25 years, Dr. Spears was the Director of Dental Services at Murdoch Center, and a part-time instructor in the Pediatric Department at the U.N.C. School of Dentistry. When her husband, Dr. Reed Spears, retired for medical reasons, she practiced in his place for a while and found her passion was in private practice, and then started her own practice. She enjoys helping people of all ages achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. Her grandfather, who was one of two practicing dentists in Granville Country in the 1920’s, would be so happy! Dr. Spears enjoys spending time with her family and dogs at Kerr Lake, traveling, cooking and reading.
Will Seymour, DDS
Dr. Seymour is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Greensboro, NC…
Dr. Seymour is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Greensboro, NC. He attended North Carolina State University where he majored in Construction Engineering and Management with a minor in Biological Sciences. He continued his education at East Carolina School of Dental Medicine where he earned his dental degree.
Giving back to the community is always something that Dr Seymour has enjoyed. He has volunteered at North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Clinics across the state for over 8 years. Prior to dental school, Dr. Seymour assisted in running the free dental clinics through Missions of Mercy and has attended over 35 clinics. He has also had the opportunity of traveling abroad with the Rotary Club to provide dental care to the underserved population in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
When Dr. Seymour is not in the office you can find him working outside on his mini farm with wife Ashley and dog Levi. Some of his other hobbies are rebuilding engines and restoring classic cars. He is proud to provide patients with the latest improvements in dental care by staying ahead of the curve on dental technology and materials. Dr. Seymour is thrilled to be able to offer comprehensive dental care to the people of Oxford and all surrounding communities.
Meet the Team
Christy Edwards, Office Manager
Christy, a native of Henderson, resides in Oxford with her son. She brings over sixteen years’ experience…
Christy, a native of Henderson, resides in Oxford with her son. She brings over sixteen years’ experience to Drake Dentistry and has been an integral part of the practice since its inception. Christy has enjoyed working in all aspects of the dental office, from sterilization, to assisting, to front desk administration and management. This broad range of experience has given her an excellent understanding of all the elements involved in running a smooth and efficient dental practice. She received her X-Ray Certification in 2005 and her Coronal Polishing Certification in 2008, both from Wake Ahec in Raleigh, NC. She loves working with people and makes it her goal to make each patient’s trip to the dentist an enjoyable one. When she is not working, Christy enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, obstacle course racing and being outdoors.
Jasmine Edwards, Front Desk
Jasmine joined our team in 2019. She is a native of Henderson…
Jasmine joined our team in 2019. She is a native of Henderson. While Jasmine may be new to the dental world, she has a background in retail customer service and it shows. Jasmine is a very caring and polite individual and goes above and beyond to exceed every patient’s expectations. In her down time, Jasmine enjoys working out and spending time with family.
Savannah Hampton, Registered Dental Hygienist
A native of Henderson, Savannah graduated from the University of North Carolina…
Registered Dental Hygienist
A native of Henderson, Savannah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Following her college career, she obtained the necessary licensing to practice Dental Hygiene in North Carolina and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2013. Savannah believes it is vital to the health of her patients to foster a strong sense of understanding in regards to oral health, oral disease, and dental procedures. She’s happy to share any tips, guidance, or advice to best serve those she cares for, and continues her education in Dental Hygiene by attending yearly courses that provide her with the latest news and innovations in the Dental Health field. She is a current member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Association, and the Durham Orange Dental Hygiene Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband-Sam, friends and family, spending time outdoors, and playing fetch with their German Shepard- Rocky.
Nicole Munn, Registered Dental Hygienist
A native of Henderson, Nicole graduated from Halifax Community College…
Registered Dental Hygienist
A native of Henderson, Nicole graduated from Halifax Community College with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009. Nicole started her hygiene career in Greenville, North Carolina. Nicole and her husband, Chris moved back to their hometown in 2011 to be closer to family. They have three children they absolutely adore: Haven, Stella, and Jones. Nicole loves practicing dental hygiene and interacting with her patients. In her spare time she enjoys trips to the beach and spending time with her family and friends. Nicole’s main focus is on providing high-quality care to her patients and educating them on how to maintain good oral health. She is committed to making hygiene appointments a comfortable and positive experience.
Dare Cole, Registered Dental Hygienist
Dare, a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, graduated from…
Registered Dental Hygienist
Dare, a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society, graduated from UNC Adams School of Dentistry in 2019. Born and raised in Kittrell, Dare loves to spend time with her family, baking, and various outdoor activities.
“Since I was a kid, I always wanted to go into the healthcare field. I wanted to be able to help my community and make a difference in their lives. My passion for dental hygiene stems from many areas of my life, one of which was my Papa Cole. I always thought he had one of the most beautiful smiles that was contagious to everyone around him. That type of contagious smile is something I want to help create for others. Smiles may seem simple, but they can have a profound impact on those around us on a daily basis. Dental Hygiene is about so much more than just cleaning teeth. It’s about making a lifelong commitment to improving our patient’s oral health which also impacts their overall health. I am proud to be a part of that.
Being a part of the Drake Dentistry team has been a dream of mine for years and I am so excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of dental professionals.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one of you!”
Amanda Hilliard, Certified Dental Assistant
Amanda, a Certified Dental Assistant, was born and raised in Kittrell, NC. She graduated…
Certified Dental Assistant
Amanda, a Certified Dental Assistant, was born and raised in Kittrell, NC. She graduated in 2007 from the Dental Assisting Program at Wake Technical Community College where she excelled and graduated at the top of her class. She has been working in General Dentistry for 13 years. She has been working with dental implants for 12 years and found that she has a passion for this particular dental procedure. Outside of the dental field her passions include being a dedicated wife and mother of two sons, spending time with her family and friends, hunting and being involved in her church.
Jessica Piper, Certified Dental Assistant
Jessica is a Certified Dental Assistant. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at…
Certified Dental Assistant
Jessica is a Certified Dental Assistant. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Wake Technical Community College in July 2015. Jessica maintains her certification by completing yearly continuing education courses to further her knowledge with the latest updates in the dental field. She is also a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. Jessica resides in Louisburg, NC. with her husband, Caleb and son, Beau. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to church, hunting, being outdoors, interior decorating and spending time with her three Labrador Retrievers.
Melissa Marshburn, Dental Assistant II
Melissa Marshburn is a DA ll who brings over 17 years of experience to our team…
Dental Assistant II
Melissa Marshburn is a DA ll who brings over 17 years of experience to our team. Melissa completed her training at Wake Forest University School for Dental Assisting in 2003. She resides in Henderson with her husband, Michael. Melissa also has a son Dylan and daughter in law Anna Macon who reside in Oxford as well as daughter Hayley who is a dental hygienist that lives in Raleigh. Melissa attends Unity Baptist Church of Henderson and in her spare time enjoys hanging out with family and friends as well as trying new restaurants, traveling and fishing.