Our Team

All of our professionals at Eli Mayes Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

OUR DOCTORS

Eli B. Mayes, DDS

Eli B. Mayes, DDS

"Practicing dentistry is absolutely a blast, especially in this wonderful community. We are a hard working group of people that are made up of loggers, ranchers, farmers, teachers, medical professionals, mechanics, children, etc. I grew up in this valley and hearing everyone's story is irreplaceable." - Dr. Mayes

Dr. Eli Mayes grew up in Union, OR and then moved to La Grande where he graduated from La Grande High School. He attended the University of Idaho and then graduated from the University of Oregon. Dr. Mayes immediately went into graduate school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond Virginia where he received his D.D.S degree.

Dr. Mayes practiced dentistry at a hospital based dental clinic in Barrow, Alaska. He became very proficient in surgical dentistry before practicing dentistry in La Grande with his partner Dr. Patrick Nearing. He specializes in Implant Dentistry.Together they have a fine tuned clinic with wonderful, professional staff.

"I can honestly say I love coming to work and seeing my team and my patients every single day. What I enjoy about family practice is doing multiple different procedures. I take pride in all aspects of my job and strive for perfection in every area of dentistry."

When not in the office Eli is taking full advantage of the world we live in. He has a lot of hobbies some of which are skiing, climbing, kayaking, hunting and fishing. The great part of having these hobbies is that they are right out our back door. Eli is married to Shantay and together they have a family of 6.

Community Involvement

  • Lead chair for Give Kids a Smile from 2011-present
  • Lions Member

Recognition:

  • Past President and current member of Eastern Oregon Dental Society
  • Fellow California Implant Institute
  • Cerec Doctor
  • Member of Spear Institute
  • Adjunct faculty for OHSU School of Dentistry
Patrick Nearing, DMD

Patrick Nearing, DMD

Dr. Patrick M. Nearing is an Oregon native. He graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Oregon State College, and from the University of Oregon Health Science Center School of Dentistry, in 1979. He continues to actively pursue continuing education, and he holds fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International College of Dentistry, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dr. Nearing is a caring individual who takes the time getting to know his patients. His gentle nature helps patients relax and feel comfortable, in his office. Dr. Nearing has practiced general dentistry in La Grande, Oregon for more than 30 years.

He and his wife Barb have three children. They enjoy whitewater rafting, skiing, fishing, and flying airplanes.

Community Involvement

  • Participates in Give Kids a Smile
  • Many years coaching wrestling, baseball and soccer
  • Served on the Dental Foundation of Oregon Board for over 20 years
  • Actively involved with the EOU Foundation and currently President

Recognition:

  • Selected Dentist of the Year 2005 by the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Cerec Doctor
Dr Kali Gray, DMD

Dr Kali Gray, DMD

Dr Gray was raised in the Grande Ronde Valley. She attended Eastern Oregon University before graduating from Oregon State University. She pursued her childhood dream of becoming a Dentist by attending Dental School at Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr Gray has been excited to return to her roots to practice, and raise her family in her hometown. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Beavs, working on home projects and getting reacquainted with Eastern Oregon.

Community Involvement

  • Participates in Give Kids a Smile

Recognition:

  • Member of American Dental Association
  • Member of Oregon Dental Association
  • Member of Eastern Oregon Dental Society
  • Adjunct faculty for OHSU School of Dentistry
  • Orthodontic training and certification

MEET OUR TEAM

The office of Eli Mayes Dental team is run by a phenomenal group of people who enjoy every minute of providing patients with the best possible care. We are excited to meet you when you visit our dentists in La Grande, OR!

Jade Grant, RDH

Jade Grant, RDH

Jade, a Registered Dental Hygienist, joined our outstanding dental hygiene department in 2008. As a highly skilled RDH, she uses the latest techniques for preventative services and periodontal care therapies and continually pursues continuing education in periodontics. Jade obtained her expanded practice permit in Dental Hygiene in 2008 along with completing her Masters Degree in 2012. She also has a history in teaching Didactic courses, clinicals and dental treatments at the ODS College of Dental Services. Jade has a passion for dental mission trips.Jade was born and raised in La Grande Oregon and is a mother of 3 and married happily. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is her patients and her colleagues.

Kristi Williamson, RDH

Kristi Williamson, RDH

Kristi Williamson, graduated from OIT in 2007 and has obtained an expanded functions and laser certification as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has worked for Dr Mayes since 2013. Kristi is happily married with two kids and was born and raised in the Grande Ronde Valley.

Katrina Way, RDH

Katrina Way, RDH

Katrina grew up in Vale, OR and graduated from the ODS College of Dental Services in 2012. Since then she has spent some time in Tennessee and also in Southern Idaho. Katrina and her husband returned to La Grande in April 2017 to be closer to their family. Along with her Oregon Dental Hygiene License, Katrina has her Laser Certification. She works hard to give each patient a gentle and thorough cleaning. She and her husband welcomed a son in December 2018. When she is not at work she enjoys spoiling their two Miniature Schnauzers and enjoying the outdoors!

Elizabeth Allen, EFDA

Elizabeth Allen, EFDA

Elizabeth was born in Salem, OR and she moved to Elgin where she graduated in 1999. Her dental career started in 2008 after she obtained her degree in Dental Assisiting from Blue Mountain Community College and also her Bachelor in Science in Biology from Eastern Oregon University. Elizabeth lives in Summerville with her two wonderful kids and amazing husband. Elizabeth rarely has a spare moment in her busy life. Her hobbies include gardening, archery, fishing, hunting and camping. Her favorite part of dentistry is gaining the trust of a really nervous dental patient and seeing them become a patient who loves to come see us!

Jolene Wagoner, EFDA

Sadie Browning, EFDA

Sadie (Mersadies) Browning grew up in La Grande. She attended La Grande High School and continued her education afterwards, at Carrington College in Boise, Idaho. She received her certification as an EFDA certified dental assistant in June 2018 and joined Eli Mayes Dental/Elgin Family Dental in August 2018. Sadie loves camping, hiking and swimming.

Brianne Bevell, EFDA

Brianne Bevell, EFDA

Brianne is a La Grande native. She has been a dental assistant for 13 years and loves her job. The best part of her job she explained was getting to meet and know so many amazing people! Also to make a difference in a patients dental experience! Brianne always makes time in her life to encourage others and always has a smile. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, hunting and gardening. Brianne has been married for 15 years and has two little boys that she is thankful for everyday. Her family is her life and she is very blessed.

Heidi Jackson, EFDA

Heidi Jackson, EFDA

Heidi grew up in La Grande and has been working in the dental field since 2001. She enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and dog.

Kelli Miezio, EFDA

Kelli Miezio, EFDA

Kelli grew up in Toledo, Oregon and joined our team in May 2018. She spent 2 years at Eastern Oregon University, followed by dental assisting program at Chemeketa University, from which she graduated from in 2016. She loves reading and hanging out with her family and her miniature poodle.

Jen Frost, Patient Coordinator

Jen Frost, Patient Coordinator

Born and raised in Milwaukie, OR, Jen moved to Union County in 2006. She has been in the dental field for 25 years and we were grateful she joined our practice in 2010. Jen is married with 3 amazing boys. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude brings a refreshing energy to everyone every day. Her hobbies include camping, hiking and watching her kids play sports. Jen's highlight is watching a patient smile with confidence when they finally have teeth they are proud of.

April Tussey, Financial Coordinator

April Tussey, Financial Coordinator

April moved to La Grande, OR in 2015. She joined our staff in 2017 as our financial coordinator. Confident and self-assured, April enjoys her job. She has been in the dental field for 14 years and is always there supporting our team where she is needed. April is married to her hard working husband, Jake with whom she has 4 wonderful kids and two amazing grand babies. She enjoys traveling, camping, reading, and spending time with her family.

Nicole Richman, Hygiene Coordinator

Nicole Richman, Hygiene Coordinator

Nicole was born in Walla Walla, WA and graduated from High School in 2011 from McLoughlin High School. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Health with concentration in Health and Wellness. Nicole adds a light to the office with her humor and charm. She is expecting her first child in May with her significant other Freddy. She enjoys being outdoors hunting, hiking, fishing and being with family.