Michael A. Morley, DMD
My name is Mike Morley and I have been practicing dentistry for over 19 years in the Central Illinois area. I graduated from SIU-School of Dental Medicine June of 1998. My interest in dentistry, as a profession, began in the fall of 1989 when I was a junior in high school and dating Tracy Hurd, who is now my wife. Her father was a dentist in Springfield, and he took me for an interview at the dental school I later attended. I owe everything to the late Robert Hurd, D.M.D. for giving me the desire, drive, and determination to become a dentist.
It was also Dr. Hurd who gave me the opportunity to practice dentistry immediately after graduation. I joined his private practice, where he had been for the past 29 years. I had been with Dr. Hurd for about 18 months when I took an associate dentist position in Decatur, IL. Shortly after I began practicing in Decatur, my wife became pregnant with our first of three kids, Alli. When Alli was born, Tracy and I eventually came to the conclusion that we both wanted to move back to the Springfield area instead of buying a dental practice in Decatur. My father-in-law was still at his private practice; however, returning to his practice was not ideal. Dr. Hurd had a good practice with a great staff, but at this time, Tracy and I wanted to embark on the “adventure” of starting a dental practice…from scratch.
We opened our doors for Modern Dental October 8th, 2001. When Tracy and I look back at that moment in our lives, I think we both recall a different set of emotions. At the time we opened our doors, Tracy was always supportive and never wavering; however, she will admit today of feeling nervous, scared, and perhaps anxious about our decision (did I mention she was pregnant with our second child, Gavin?). I, on the other hand, never looked back. I loved the opportunity to “hang a shingle,” as they say. I did my “homework;” I studied and read numerous books about start-up dental practices and start-up businesses and worked hard at growing our new dental practice. I always wanted a practice that would be consumer-friendly, have the latest treatment technologies, and be busy and capable of serving many people in Springfield and central Illinois. I believe that we have established that kind of practice. I am proud of Modern Dental and everything it has to offer.
Tracy and I now have three children, Alli, Gavin, and Teagan. Their pictures can be found hanging in our reception room. Modern Dental continues to grow thanks to our loyal patients. I love practicing dentistry. I truly believe it is the greatest profession. I continue to implement better ways to operate Modern Dental. Most of all, patient interactions and providing dental care to patients is the most gratifying portion of my job. My special thanks to all of the patients of Modern Dental who have supported us over the years.
Brian P. Hamel, DMD
Dr. Brian Hamel completed the BS/DMD program through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe) and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU-SDM). This combined program allowed him to earn his bachelor’s degree at SIUe with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at SIU-SDM in seven years rather than the traditional eight. Upon his completion of dental school in 2015, Dr. Hamel continued his education at SIU-SDM in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program and a fellowship in dental implantology in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Dr. Hamel began practicing in Springfield, IL, in the summer of 2017. He is a member of many professional organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- GV Black Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
He was the SIU-SDM University Ambassador for Dentsply Sirona in 2016-2017, and was finalist in the poster competition at the Dentsply Sirona World Summit Tour in San Diego, CA, in the spring of 2017. Additionally, Dr. Hamel participated in the SIU CARES program while in dental school, which included increased coursework, extracurricular studies, and rotations to increase his knowledge and experience of dentistry in rural and underserved populations.
Dr. Hamel is committed to continuing education, both through formal courses and through self-study. In keeping with the name of the practice, Modern Dental, he hopes to stay up-to-date on the newest procedures, techniques, and materials in order to provide his patients with the best possible care.
Dr. Hamel has been married to his wife, Amy, for five years. They live in Chatham, IL, and enjoy cheering on their favorite sports teams – the St. Louis Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Blues. Dr. Hamel’s hobbies include golfing, reading, cycling, playing video games, building and launching model rockets, and traveling.