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, Annie, Vivie and twins Lexi & Georgie. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife and daughters, exercising, 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.
Meet the Team
Christy Edwards, Office Manager
Christy resides in Henderson with her husband and son. She brings over thirteen years’ experience….
Christy resides in Henderson with her husband and son. She brings over thirteen years’ experience to Drake Dentistry. Christy has enjoyed working in all aspects of the dental office, from sterilization, to assisting, to front desk and management. This broad range of experience has given her an excellent understanding of 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.
Kim Hedgepeth has been the front desk coordinator for this practice for the last….
Kim Hedgepeth has been the front desk coordinator for this practice for the last 25 years. She loves her work family and enjoys working one on one with her patients, who have become friends over the years. Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their three girls, coaching high school cheerleading, sports and cooking.
Marie Musgrove, Registered Dental Hygienist
Marie is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been practicing dental hygiene for thirty-five years.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Marie is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been practicing dental hygiene for thirty-five years. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Marie moved to Miami, Florida where she worked with several periodontists and pedodontists forming a solid foundation in dental health and treatment. This foundation formed Marie’s basic philosophy that education is the key to patient compliance, motivation and care.
Marie has been an active member of Oxford Baptist Church for twenty-two years. She was previously a Girl Scout leader for fourteen years. Marie and her husband raised two beautiful daughters, Amanda and Cameron. When Marie is not working or volunteering, she and her husband, Robert, enjoy camping and boating together. Additionally, she pursues her hobbies of painting with acrylics, cooking and reading historic fiction.
Savannah Tyndall, 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.
Pam Via, RDH
Pam is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been practicing dental hygiene for over twenty years.
Pam is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has been practicing dental hygiene for over twenty years. She is native to North Carolina and grew up in Rockingham. Pam obtained her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Wayne Community College. She received the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Academy of Advanced Studies Award. Pam continues her education in Dental Hygiene by attending yearly courses that provide her with the latest news in the Dental Hygiene field. Prior to dental hygiene, she worked as a dental assistant. Pam greatly enjoys dental hygiene, and especially the personal relationship she is able to form with her patients. Pam and her husband Chris have two wonderful sons, Caleb and Seth. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending quality time with her family and friends.
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 11 years. She has been working with dental implants for 5 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 one son, 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 and her husband, Caleb, reside in Louisburg, NC. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to church, hunting, being outdoors, interior decorating and spending time with her three Labrador Retrievers.
Sandra Brewer, CDA
Sandra Brewer is a graduate of the UNC Dental Assisting Program, and has been a….
Certified Dental Assistant
Sandra Brewer is a graduate of the UNC Dental Assisting Program, and has been a certified dental assistant since 1985. Sandra maintains her certification by completing yearly continuing education courses to further her knowledge with the latest updates in the dental field. Sandra and her husband Steve reside in Oxford and have two grown children, Lyndsey and Jacob. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys motorcycling with her husband and spending time with her family.