Our Staff

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


MEET 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

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 
 
 

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 
 

Yvonne Morgan, DMD

Dr. Morgan was drawn to dentistry when she realized it fused her affinity for science and biology with a love for esthetics and art. She appreciates the field of general dentistry in particular because it allows her to maintain relationships with patients and achieve consistency in their care. Yvonne prides herself in having the highest standards of quality and will always treat people with professionalism, respect and empathy.

Dr. Morgan is very pleased to join Dr. Mayes and Dr. Gray in La Grande and Elgin, as the group upholds the same standards in state-of-the-art facilities.

Dr. Morgan is originally from Northwestern Ontario, Canada and spent much of her life living between the US and Canada. Her family owned and operated a hunting and fishing outfitting business, so naturally, she loves the outdoors. During her doctorate training at Oregon Health & Science University, Yvonne spent 8 weeks in Union County on a rural rotation and is very excited to return to the area permanently. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys cooking, hiking, paddle boarding, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.

 

 

 

MEET OUR HYGIENISTS, ASSISTANTS, AND FRONT OFFICE

Our office is run by a phenomenal group of people who enjoy every minute of providing patients with the best possible care.

 

Hygienists

Kristi Case-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

Sheena has worked as a Dental Hygienist since 2008. She has a true passion for providing dental care and an even bigger heart for her patients. Born and raised in Eastern Oregon, she graduated from Weston-McEwen high school at age 17 and joined the army. During her time in the army she was trained as a Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist. While stationed in Alaska she took advantage of multiple outreach opportunities, including traveling to remote villages by helicopter and providing dental care using field equipment. Upon completion of her Army service, Sheena attended Eastern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology, obtaining her Bachelors degree in Dental Science.

She served as class president, received the future leadership award (voted on by her peers), and co-coordinated Give Kids a Smile Day 2012 with Dr. Mayes. When she's not in the clinic, her 4 kids keep her busy with coaching, volunteering, and cheering! Sheena also enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, and all the good things Eastern Oregon has to offer. 


Dental Assistants

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 believes 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

Bio Coming Soon..

 

Front Office 

Stacy Medlock

Stacy joined our team in the spring of 2018. She is originally from Hermiston, and moved to Elgin in 2013. She has twin boys, whom she adores, and an amazing husband. She loves the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 

Lezlie Reid

Lezlie is originally from Northern California and now resides in Eastern Oregon. Weather permitting she enjoys being out in creation playing in the dirt, dead heading blossoms or finding new plants to buy at the nursery. In the winter you can find Lezlie at her sewing machine quilting or trying new fabric projects. Her favorite time though is spent with family. They love to eat, camp, hike, travel or just hang out with each other and eat some more! She is blessed with a wonderful hard working husband, two beautiful daughters, a generous son, a steadfast son-in-law and their someday son-in-law who is the daddy of their newest addition, a beautiful granddaughter, who has stolen out their hearts.

 

Shantay Mayes

Shantay Mayes was born and raised in Lakeview, Oregon. She attended Gonzaga University after graduating from Lakeview High School, earning a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. She went on to receive her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She currently works as a Physical Therapist but also helps out at our office when needed! She is married to Dr. Mayes and they have 4 children together.