Meet Our Staff

Dentist in Dixon, IL


James Hey, D.D.S.

Dr. James Hey has been practicing in his birth and boyhood town of Dixon for 40 years. Born at KSB Hospital, he grew up in Dixon Public Schools and has served on the Dixon Public School District Board of Education. He has been on the Board of the Next Picture Show for 10 years. He graduated from Monmouth College with a biology major. He is a graduate of Loyola Dental School in Chicago. The completion of Full Mouth Reconstruction Training at the World's Premier Post Graduate Teaching Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, qualifies Dr. Hey as accomplished in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies is the world's finest educational faculty for cosmetic dentistry. Of those thousands of dentist who have attended courses at LVI, only the best graduates are hand selected to be Clinical Instructors. He's been associated with the Las Vegas Institute since 1995, and was handpicked to be one of their original Clinical Instructors on cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry.

"Being part of the Las Vegas Institute has been one of the best things in my career," says Dr. Hey. "It has allowed me to share my knowledge, as well as continue to learn from the many experts involved at the Institute."

He's also teaching himself to better serve his patients, thanks to more than 1,500 hours of continuing education and a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. He's also on staff at KSB Hospital. A charter member of the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics, Dr. Hey has personally studied with a number of the world's leading authorities in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. Combining his knowledge, technical expertise and artistic abilities he can create smiles customized for patients wanting to look more attractive, younger, more professional or just more confident. He has created thousands of "perfect smiles" for Northern Illinois residents.

Also a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois Dental Association
  • Whiteside-Lee Dental Association

Dr. Meghan Crisham

Dr. Meghan Crisham was born and raised in Dixon, Illinois. She attended Newman Central Catholic High School where she was the president of her senior class as well as captain of the tennis and basketball teams.  She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Letters Pre-Professional & History. She was involved in various activities at Notre Dame including the Sophomore Literary Festival & Appalachia Service project. She studied abroad in London for a semester during her junior year. Sports have always been a source of enjoyment for Dr. Crisham as she participated in Notre Dame’s Women’s Boxing Club and Notre Dame’s legendary Bookstore Basketball Tournament.

Dr. Crisham is a 2005 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Dentistry.  While in dental school, she was a four-year class elected representative to the Chicago Dental Society. During her fourth year, she was awarded with the Stanley Tylman Award for providing dental care of the highest caliber to her patients.

In 2006, she was awarded and completed a one-year post-graduate residency program in Boston, Massachusetts with Lutheran Medical Center.  Dr. Crisham then relocated to practice dentistry in New York City.  Dr. Crisham is married to Dr. Patrick King who is currently a post-graduate Endodontic resident at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

Dr. Hey was her family dentist and it was in his office as a patient that Dr. Crisham was able to experience first-hand how multi-faceted dentistry can be. By observing Dr. Hey complete complex restorative and cosmetic cases, Dr. Crisham noted the artistic aspect of dentistry that must go hand in hand with the science.

Dr. Crisham is pleased to be a part of the Exceptional Dentistry Team and looks forward to helping the practice continue to grow. She is impressed by the focus of Dr. Hey and his staff to stay current and knowledgeable about the constant and exciting changes and advances in dentistry.


Patty, Office Manager

Patty started her dental career after attending Dental Lab Technology at SIU-Carbondale. She has been working with Dr. Hey since 1978, and has worked her way up to office manager. She has personal experience with veneers and loves them! When not at work, Patty enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband Mike and their daughters Mary and Katie. Patty especially enjoys being a new Grandma.  


Mattie, Patient Care Coordinator

Mattie graduated with her Associates Degree in dental Assisting from CCC-Neb in 2013. Mattie joined the Exceptional Dentistry Team in the fall of 2015 after moving to the area from Nebraska. In her spare time, Mattie enjoys spending time with her husband Tyler & dog Tex. She also enjoys online shopping& traveling around the country showing cattle with her family.


Melinda, Registered Dental Hygienist

Melinda graduated with a dental hygiene degree from SIU-Carbondale in 1992. Melinda joined the Exceptional Dentistry team in Spring 2002. Melinda enjoys spending time with her husband, Dennis, and their children, Trenton and Madeline. Her family also enjoys swimming in their pool, four wheeling and vacationing. Melinda would love to further her dental knowledge with a seminar in the Caribbean!


Kayla, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kayla graduated with a dental hygiene degree from Parkland College in 2016. Kayla joined the Exceptional Dentistry Team in the spring of 2017. Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys shopping, boating, and traveling to new places. Kayla hopes to have many exciting and educational adventures with the team.


Shauna, Dental Assistant

Shauna joined the Exceptional Dentistry Team in 1996. Everyday is rewarding helping patients feel comfortable at the dental office and seeing how Dr.’s transformation helps to build their self confidence. She’s a country girl that’s always on the go. When not working she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends and her pets.


Katie, Dental Assistant

Katie has been a dental assistant for 15 years. Katie joined our team in 2007.  She loves to assist the Doctors in all procedures. Katie especially loves cosmetic dentistry and seeing the life changing smile transformations. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.