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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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, 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!
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 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 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.
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.
Dani Grew up in Union County and graduated from Union High School in 2013. She went on to Dental Assisting School where she graduated in 2015. Dani always has a smile and is willing to help wherever she is needed. When not at work she enjoys working on her families ranch and traveling.
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 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 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 welcomed her first son Matteo in April with her significant other Freddy. She enjoys being outdoors hunting, hiking, fishing and being with family.