Meet Our Team
Melissa Bruce, Office Manager
Melissa joined our office in February 2013 as Office Manager and has over 12 years of administrative experience in the dental field. She will be happy to handle all of your scheduling needs and answer any insurance questions that you may have. Melissa lives in Columbia and has two daughters, Taylor and McKenzie, and she cherishes time spent with family and friends.
Angela Gugger, Dental Assistant
Angela has been a Clinical Assistant since 2005 and has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2008. She is certified in Dental Radiology and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and is currently working toward her coronal polishing certification. She is great at making her patients feel relaxed while in her chair. Angela lives in the Chapel Hill community and enjoys spending time with her daughter, Sofia.
Erica Ramirez, Dental Hygienist
Erica is from middle Tennessee and joined our staff as a hygienist in May 2011. She is very passionate about her career and delighted to make patients feel comfortable in our office. Erica graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, magna cum laude, in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, and she studied 2 years of pre-requisite courses at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN. Prior to attending hygiene school, she was a clinical assistant. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, playing tennis, reading, and listening to music.
Melissa Pace, Dental Hygienist
Melissa is originally from Southern Illinois and has been a part of Family Dental Associates since June 2013. She loves building relationships with her patients by providing informative answers to any questions that they may have. Melissa is a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Melissa is licensed in the administration of local anesthetic and the administration and monitoring of nitrous oxide so that she can provide a more comfortable experience during her patients’ dental cleanings. Away from the office, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their pound puppy, Simon.
Brittany Doucey, Dental Hygienist
Brittany was raised in the Hoosier State. She is a 2013 graduate from the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s hygiene program. Brittany enjoys building relationships with her patients to ensure they feel comfortable with treatment and enjoy coming to the dentist. In her spare time, Brittany and her husband Matt, as well as their dogs Piper and Oakley, enjoy hiking and exploring the great state of Tennessee. They also love to root for their Indianapolis Colts and attend concerts!
Ashley Hammack, Front Desk
Ashley is extremely friendly and welcoming, which is why she is a perfect fit at Family Dental Associates. Ashley enjoys working at Family Dental Associates because she loves the fact that she is the first person patients talk to whenever they visit the practice. Ashley is originally from Columbia but now lives in Spring Hill. She became recently engaged and plans to get married in 2017. One of Ashley’s favorite things to do is to get lost while reading a good book. She has a dog and a cat and loves them like they are her children.