Meet the Team

Meet our skilled team!

At Ellicott City Smiles, you can count on our entire staff working to make your experience with us easy, comfortable, and stress-free.

Brenda Rash, R.D.H.

Brenda Rash is our Registered Dental Hygienist, a 1986 graduate of the Community College of Baltimore. She has been a hygienist for 31 years, and with Dr. Blum’s practice for the past 5 years. She cares about her patients as whole people, and is a big advocate of the importance of comprehensive dental hygiene education for all patients, new and veteran. For Brenda, dental hygiene is a rewarding occupation that enables her to empower people to improve their health and well-being. She considers Dr. Blum, Dr. Nabavi, Dr. Ward,  and the rest of the team an extension of her family, and wants to extend that same care to her patients too. Of her experience working with Ellicott City Smiles, Brenda had this to say: “After being in practice for 25 years, I quickly learned how proficient and highly skilled Dr. Blum is. What a perfectionist! When a patient’s desired course of treatment is completed, it always brings me the utmost pleasure to see such a smile.” Brenda is married with two children, Erin and Ryan.

 Rachel Ayers, C.D.A.

Rachel is a Certified Dental Assistant and Office Manager at Ellicott City Smiles. She has been working with Dr. Blum for 7 years, and has been in the dental field for about 13 years. Rachel is your contact person for coordinating with any of your other health care providers. Rachel will ensure that all of the proper paperwork gets where it needs to go in a way that minimizes your stress. If we are not in your insurance provider network, she will work with your insurance company to minimize any out of pocket cost. For more details about how insurance coverage for your oral sleep device works, please view our insurance section here on this website. Rachel says, “I absolutely love working with Dr. Blum and our dental team. We are like family and we treat our patients as part of the family as well. I enjoy teaching our patients about Oral Health and helping our patients maintain beautiful healthy smiles!” Rachel has two boys, Xavier and Derrick, and when not at work, she enjoys spending every second with them.


Janete is the person you will find chair side with Doctor Blum assisting him in making your experience both comfortable and professional. Janete has been working with Ellicott City Smiles for four years and continues to strives to make sure you as the patient are happy with our work and your experience.

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