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Meet the experienced and friendly dentist and team who make Chelsea Comprehensive Dental the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Chelsea and surrounding areas.

Ryan A. Draiss, DMD

Dr. Draiss is happily married to his wife Dawn and is the proud father of four children, Barrett, Addison, and Layton and Parker.  He is a graduate of the UAB School of Dentistry and is experienced in providing dental care to ages ranging from small children to adults.

Dr. Draiss has devoted time and expertise to treating under-insured adults and under privileged children throughout the state of Alabama.  He has volunteered his time providing free dental care to those in need through mission projects both locally and abroad.  He is now focused on serving the Chelsea community and surrounding areas.

Dr. Draiss is a member of the American Dental Association, Alabama Dental Association, Fifth District Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.  He continuously strives to stay up to date on the latest techniques in dental care by regular participation in continuing education.


Joy Goldman, Team Leader

Joy has been part of our team since before we opened in 2011. She has been instrumental in the success of Chelsea Comprehensive Dental with her willingness to work in any area needed. She’s an experienced dental assistant, excellent with patient relations and handles all our insurance filings and patient charts on the front end.

She is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Alabama since 1987. She has been married to her best friend, Kenny, since 1986. They have 2 wonderful daughters, Morgan and Brooke. Her heart and spare time belong to her 2 grandsons, Jase Kole and Riggins!


Kelly Bland, RDH

Kelly joined our team in July 2014. She has been in the dental field for 22 years and practicing hygiene for the last 20 years. After graduating from the Alabama Dental Hygiene Program, she worked at the UAB Dental School, Department of Periodontology specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease and assisting in various oral and periodontal surgeries.

Kelly is married to Shane and is the mother of 4 children, Collin, Kelsey, Lee and Rylee and their 2 fur babies, Marmaduke and Peanut. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking and rock climbing.


Ashley Hicks, RDH

Ashley joined our team in September 2016 but has been practicing hygiene for 9 years. She is a graduate of the Alabama Dental Hygiene Program.

She and her husband, Byron are best friends and have 3 amazing daughters, Abby, Aubree and Avree. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, trying new foods and traveling.


Taylor Gunter, Dental Assistant

Taylor joined our team in May 2017. She graduated from the Dental Assisting School at Auburn Dental Spa in Opelika, AL. After completing school, she assisted in the fields of oral surgery and orthodontics. She enjoys working with patients and seeing the joy on their faces by enhancing their smiles.

Taylor’s family includes her fiancé, Coty and their two dogs, Molly and Wesson. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.