Who We Are

Dr. Wesley Ferguson and Dr. Jason Coats, along with our entire team, are proud to offer full service dentistry in Starkville and the surrounding area. Our general dental practice can meet the needs of your family, from routine checkups and cleanings to full mouth reconstruction. While delivering a full range of treatments, Drs. Ferguson and Coats have a special interest in cosmetic and dental implant procedures designed to help you look and feel your best. Whatever the treatment may be, we strive to put our patients at ease. We want to show you that a trip to the dentist can even be enjoyable! Our team is honored to have been voted “Starkville’s Best Dentist/Dental Office” by readers of Town & Gown magazine and the Starkville Daily News in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2020. Schedule an appointment, and come see for yourself.

Dr. Wesley Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is a native of Senatobia, MS, and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 with a BS in microbiology. He attended dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, graduating in 2005. After finishing dental school, Dr. Ferguson furthered his education by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He returned to Starkville in 2006 and entered private practice. Dr. Ferguson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He takes great pride in providing the absolute highest quality dental care to his patients and has a special interest in implant and cosmetic dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Ferguson spends time with his wife, Emily, and their two sons, Tate and Hayes. He enjoys coaching youth baseball and spending time in the outdoors, and he is an active member of First Presbyterian Church Starkville.

Dr. Jason Coats

Dr. Coats was born and grew up in Starkville, MS, and he graduated from Delta State University in 2010 with a BS in biology. Dr. Coats attended dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, graduating in 2015. After obtaining his dental degree, Dr. Coats enhanced his education and scope of practice by completing a General Practice Residency program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He returned to Starkville in 2016 and entered private practice with Ferguson and Coats General Dentistry. Dr. Coats is a member of the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has a special interest in implants, cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Coats and his wife, Mary, have two children, Finley and Shaw. In his spare time, Dr. Coats enjoys woodworking, playing golf, hunting and fishing with his family. Dr. Coats and his family are active members at First Baptist Church of Starkville and avid supporters of Mississippi State athletics.

Meet the Team

Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Coats are supported by an outstanding staff who are equally committed to providing outstanding care to all patients of the practice. They and their staff are active in a variety of continuing education courses to broaden and sharpen their knowledge and skills.

Melanie Grable

Office Manager/Scheduling Coordinator & Dental Hygienist

Melanie is a Starkville native who worked at our office as a Dental Assistant for several years before rejoining our staff as a Dental Hygienist in 2011. Melanie graduated from Meridian Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene, where she was awarded Most Outstanding Hygiene Student. Melanie is our Scheduling Coordinator and Office Manager, and she practices hygiene part time. Melanie resides in Mathiston, MS, with her children, Holly Beth and Dillon, and their dogs, Sweetie and Axe. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and watching Holly Beth dance/cheer and Dillon play ball.

Sherry Wilbourne

Director of Communications/New Patient Liaison

Sherry joined our practice in July 2017 and has almost 30 years of experience in the dental field. She is a native of Leland, MS, but has resided in West Point, MS, with her husband Rob since 1990. Sherry and Rob have two children, John Robert and Elaine. In her free time, Sherry enjoys being active at church, walking with her friend Tasha for exercise, visiting her parents and brother in Starkville and spending time with friends on the weekends.

Lindsey Lord

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Lindsey moved back to Starkville in December of 2021 and joined our practice in January 2022. She grew up in Memphis and graduated from Mississippi State in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and minors in Business and Marketing. She had lived in Nashville since 2014 and was a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom before moving here. Lindsey returned to be closer to her mom, Julie, who lives in Starkville, and her grandparents, who live in Jackson. In her free time, she likes cooking, staying active, walking her dog, Louis, and going to Mississippi State athletic events.

Mary Higgins

Lead Dental Assistant

Mary is employed at our office as Lead Dental Assistant and has almost 30 years of experience in the dental field. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Mary is a Certified Dental Assistant and is one of only a handful of Dental Assistants in Mississippi who have trained at E4D University in Dallas, TX, in the design, staining and glazing of E4D single appointment crowns. She enjoys spending time with her family and granddaughters, Harley and Fynleigh, and her dog, Buddy.

Morgan Card Wofford

Dental Assistant

Morgan joined our practice in December, 2021 with six years of previous experience as a Dental Assistant. She is a Clarkson, MS, native and attended Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, MS. She currently lives in Clarkson with her sons Dawson, Hudson and Clarkson. In her spare time, you can find her watching her boys play ball and spending time with her brothers and parents on the weekends. Morgan and her boys attend Cumberland Baptist Church, where they are active members of the congregation.

Tasha Coggins

Dental Assistant

Tasha currently resides in West Point, MS, with her husband Holden, daughter Madison and their dog, Reba. Tasha had worked as a Dental Assistant for four years prior to joining Ferguson and Coats in September 2019. In her free time, Tasha enjoys walking with her friend Sherry for exercise, singing at church and taking part in community theater. She is a member of West Point Junior Auxiliary.

Raysha Crosland

Dental Hygienist

Raysha is a Starkville native and a 2006 graduate of Starkville High School. She attended Meridian Community College and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010. She joined our practice in May 2013 as a part-time hygienist, and in 2016, she furthered her career and became one of our full time hygienists. Raysha enjoys gardening, exercising and spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their children, Baker and Campbell.

Amber Collins

Dental Hygienist

Amber is a native of Webster County and currently resides in Cumberland, MS, with her husband, Jordan, and their daughter, Waverly. She graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015. Amber practiced in north Mississippi for four years before returning home to practice closer to her family. She joined us here in 2019. In her free time, she and her husband and daughter enjoy spending the weekends camping with family and friends.

Audrey Tate

Dental Hygienist

Audrey is a native of Sturgis, MS, where she currently resides with her husband, Jeremy, and sons, Hamilton and Hayden. Audrey graduated from Mississippi State University in 2007, then furthered her education at Mississippi Delta Community College in Dental Hygiene. She joined our practice in February 2020 as a part-time Dental Hygienist. In her free time, Audrey enjoys being active in her local church, Morgan Chapel Baptist Church, and fishing with her boys.

Ferguson & Coats, DMD
General Dentistry

405 Academy Road
Starkville, MS 39759


Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed