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

"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


  • 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

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 is passionate about creating the smile every patient wants, and is a certified Invisalign provider. She is also laser certified and a CEREC same day crown provider. Dr Gray is passionate about serving others, and has had the opportunity to participate in a dental mission trip to serve the dental needs of those in Fiji as well as locally through Give Kids A Smile.

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 husband and three children, cheering on the Beavs, working on home projects and exploring Eastern Oregon.

Community Involvement

  • Participates in Give Kids a Smile


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


AJ Donick, DDS

Dr. Donick was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University. After completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering, he decided to pursue dentistry, and he received his dental education at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. To continue his training, (and to get closer to the mountains and rivers of the west) he completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at Idaho State University in Boise.

Dr. Donick and his wife Dr. Hilary Pasi are excited to be in the Grande Ronde Valley and to be a part of the community. When not in the office, AJ can be found exploring the outdoors and following his bird dog up and down the hills of Eastern Oregon.




Meet Our Hygienists, assistants & front office

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!


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, 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 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!

Sheena Vela, RDH

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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.

Breann Givens

Breann grew up in La Grande, Oregon and is new to the dental field. She graduated from La Grande High School in 2017. She has enjoyed the training and the team she gets to work with. She is excited to continue her path in the dental field. When not working Breann enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Kristy Derry

Kristy was born and raised in Joseph, Oregon. She now lives in La Grande, with her loving husband and beautiful children Kylee and Wyatt. Kristy is a Girl Scout Leader and also enjoys crafting, spending time with family and being at the lake. She has been a dental assistant for 15 years and has enjoyed every bit of it. Kristy looks forward to meeting patients and helping them have a wonderful dental experience.

Emily Earley

Emily is an Idaho native. She moved to La Grande in June 2019 with her husband, son and their 2 dogs. She attended College of Western Idaho Dental Assistant Program and has been an assistant since 2010. Emily explains the best part of her job is making a difference in someone's dental experience. While not at work she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Deanne Belt

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Megan Rankin

Megan grew up in Mossyrock, WA. She graduated High School from Mossyrock High School in 2013. After High School she attended Walla Walla Community College for two years before transferring to Eastern Oregon University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Integrative Studies in 2018. In her free time, Megan enjoys hanging out in the outdoors, dabbling in photography and attending her boyfriend Max's Basketball games. She also loves spending time with Max and their dog Dexter!

Bailey Ackley

Bailey was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. She has one daughter who she loves spending time with. She also enjoys hanging out with her significant other and his son, doing a variety of fun activities! They love going for mountain rides on their side by side! Bailey believes she is very lucky to have her parents live in the area...despite them spoiling their grandaughter!

Shantay Mayes

Shantay grew up in Lakeview, Oregon. After graduating High School, she attended Gonzaga University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She went on to graduate school, obtaining her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She works part time as a Physical Therapist and also helps out at the office whenever needed. She is married to Eli and together, they have 4 wonderful kids!