Modern Dental of Springfield is a Springfield based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.
We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Michael Morley, DMD and Dr. Brian Hamel, DMD invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 217-321-4552 and experience why our patients think Modern Dental of Springfield is the best dentist in Springfield.
My name is Mike Morley and I have been practicing dentistry for over 19 years in the Central Illinois area. I graduated from Southern Illinois University 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.
Dr. Hamel graduated from SIU School of Dental Medicine in 2015. He 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. While finishing the implant fellowship in spring of 2017, Dr. Hamel was introduced to Dr. Morley. He came to Springfield to visit Modern Dental and learn about Dr. Morley’s vibrant dental practice. The two dentists hit it off immediately; they were very similar in their treatment philosophies, and how they care for their patients. Dr. Hamel joined Modern Dental immediately after completing his implant fellowship in July of 2017, and has been happily treating the patients of the Springfield area ever since.
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 is a member of many professional organizations, including:
Family is very important to Dr. Hamel. When he’s not treating the dental needs of the families of the Springfield area, he loves spending time with his own family. He and his wife, Amy, live in Chatham, IL. Most of their time is spent playing with their two children, their toddler Noah and their newest addition Micah. The Hamel family enjoys 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.
Crystal graduated from College in 1997 and has been with Modern Dental since July of 2020. She appreciates how positive the environment is here and how attentive the doctors are to each patient—the team works extremely well together to provide the best service for you! Crystal’s job is to oversee office operations and she has over 25 years of experience in the dental field, she started her career in the clinical setting as a dental assistant and eventually migrated to the business office serving as the office manager. She also comes with 15 years of experience working as a certified Dentrix Trainer and Practice Management Consultant/ Specialist. She now feels very blessed to share her experience and knowledge with our team to better serve our patients as the office manager at Modern Dental.
Crystal’s husband, Justin, and her three children, Ryan, Alexis and Madison, are the light of her life! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hunting, and fishing.
Lexi joined our team in February of 2021 and has loved every minute since then. She recently graduated from Maryville University with her Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security with a minor in Accounting. Lexi is very proud of her accomplishments so far and can’t wait to see where she will go from here. She loves her family, including her mom, who is also our office manager, Crystal, and her sister Madison, our student intern. She loves helping our patients in any way she possibly can from answering their questions to scheduling their appointments and helping them with their insurance information.
“Coming here is the best dental experience anyone could have. I was a patient before I started working here and I always enjoyed coming!”
When she’s not at the office, Lexi spends her time with her boyfriend Alex and both of their families. She tries to be outside as much as possible and likes to visit new places often!
Summer is another new addition to our team, and she took on the role of Schedule Coordinator in October 2021. Summer moved to the Springfield area shortly after joining our team, and we couldn’t be happier that she came to join us! She has been an asset to the front desk with making sure that all of our patients are taken care of on check-in. When you call Modern Dental, Summer will be one of the first people you talk to and she will help you in every way she can!
Summer said that she likes Modern Dental because we have “the best co-worker family ever!” She has also made mention of the positive environment we have here in our office. Summer most definitely contributes greatly to the great atmosphere here!
When she isn’t at Modern Dental, Summer likes to work out, shop, and go to concerts. She spends a lot of her free time with her fiancé – her high school sweetheart of 9 years. They just bought their first house here in Springfield!
Catherine joined the team in August 2020 after graduating from Lewis and Clark Community College with her Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene. She helps provide preventive treatments and enjoys teaching good oral hygiene habits to patients of all ages.
“Working here doesn’t feel like work. I am surrounded by wonderful coworkers that make the day so enjoyable.”
Catherine grew up in a small town and, when she is not at Modern Dental, she loves spending time with her family and friends, riding ATVS, attending her nephew’s sporting events, and watching her nieces grow up.
Samantha joined our team in July 2020 after graduating from John A. Logan College in Carterville in 2012. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn from the best, earn the confidence of our patients, and make sure that they are treated thoroughly, gently, and fairly. She loves her coworkers and how hard they work.
“We are the best bunch of hardworking team members this side of the cavity zone!”
Samantha was one of six children and she credits her parents for showing her how to work hard! She has the sweetest nine-year-old boy ever and considers smiling her favorite hobby.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Southern Illinois University in 2017, and she joined our team quickly after! She loves working with such a great team and doctors who look out for what is best for our patients, and she is dedicated to providing optimal dental care.
“I love our work family!”
When she’s not working, Emily and her husband, Jacob, are running around with their two dogs, Stella and Piper, hanging out with family, especially her niece and nephew, shopping, and working in the yard.
Beth works closely with Dr. Morley as both a dental and orthodontic assistant and, although she joined the team in July 2020, she earned her Associate of Science from Illinois Valley Community College and has been a registered dental assistant since 1989! Beth loves the feeling of working in an office where taking care of the patient is everyone’s #1 concern. She is happy to bring her positive attitude and orthodontic experience to the team. There is nothing more satisfying than helping boost her patient’s confidence in their smile!
As a married mother of four children, and grandmother of three, Beth uses what spare time she has biking, landscaping and putting together puzzles.
Debby loves the patients, the doctors, the staff—everything but garbage duty—working at Modern Dental. Though she became an official member of the team in 2005, she has been working as a dental assistant in Springfield, IL since 1989, and she loves assisting with all aspects of dentistry, especially orthodontics. Debby studied expanded duties and nitrous administering and monitoring at Alton Dental School, and she was trained in orthodontics in Chicago. These are just some of the classes she has taken in her 40 years of continuing education in the dental field.
“I enjoy working with the amazing staff and Drs. We are more like friends and family. The laughter that comes from our lunchroom would make anyone smile!”
Debby has been married to her husband, Mark, for over 44 years, and together they have a son, Travis, and three beautiful granddaughters: Arin, Madelyn, and Averie. When she’s not at the office, Debby enjoys gardening, baking with her granddaughters, and traveling with her family and sister.
Dana joined Modern Dental in 2004 after serving in the Illinois Air National Guard. She loves the down-to-earth doctors here and appreciates their conservative treatment planning. The whole team is very easy to work with. When she is not doing inventory or placing orders at the office, Dana teaches dental assisting part time.
Dana and her husband, Keith, have one son named Ian. When she is not working, Dana loves to shop.
Libby is known for her excellent chairside manner, infectious laugh and calming personality. She prides herself on her ability to adapt to the constantly improving technology in the dentistry field. After earning her Associate of Arts and completing her dental assistant training at Lincoln Land Community College, Libby studied with Dana as an intern at Modern Dental and officially joined our team in January 2020. She loves the staff here and is appreciative of her family, who supported her growth and continued education in dentistry.
When she’s not helping patients, Libby loves crafting, shopping and taking care of her four dogs, Elsa, Bear, Sayohra and Zeek.
Taylor is one of the newest additions to our Modern Dental Family and we are so happy she is here! After externing in our office at the end of her dental assisting program near the end of 2021, Taylor made the decision in January 2022 to come on full time with us. She has earned her Associates in Arts from LLCC and completed the Dental Assisting Program through LLCC. A true asset to our office, Taylor has been picking up new skills everyday and is a very welcomed addition to our group of amazing dental assistants.
Taylor likes being here at Modern Dental because, “It is a fast paced and fun environment.” Her contributions to the office are wonderful, and it is so great to have another person on the team who loves what she does!
Outside of work Taylor likes to spend her time outdoors whenever she can, especially with her friends and family, who she is very thankful for!
Madison joined the team July 2020 she is currently a student at JHS and will graduate in 2022. Madison is passionate about her future in the dental field. She loves being part of the team at Modern Dental. Madison is grateful to her many mentors and feels very fortunate for the opportunity to work with her Mom and sister. Madison loves to greet patients with a big smile in the hopes to brighten their day! In her free time, Madison enjoys watching “The Office” and baking lots of yummy treats to bring to work to share with everyone!!