Whitley Wills, DDS

After studying biology at Ole Miss, Dr. J. Whitley Wills graduated from University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1989. Since graduating, Dr. Wills has continued his education through the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida, taking courses on cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry to ensure that his patients receive the most up-to-date dental care possible.

A member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, and the L.D. Pankey Alumni Association, dentistry is Dr. Wills’ passion. He also teaches at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in the Endo-Operative Dentistry department. Dr. Wills is the 2011 president of the Memphis Dental Study Club and he’s a past dental director of the St. Ignatius Haiti Medical Missions. He believes in helping people get the smile they’ve always wanted and he enjoys getting to know his patients.

Dr. Wills is married and the father of two college-age sons.

Contact us today so J. Whitley Wills, DDS can begin helping you build a brighter smile future. Located in Memphis, Dr. Wills wants to spread more beautiful smiles to patients in East Memphis, Southaven, Collierville, Hernando, and Marion. Entrust your dental care to a dentist who’s been serving patients for over two decades.

Meet Our Team

Here at Dr. J. Whitley Wills, we are very proud to feature a caring and hardworking dental team. These amazing individuals assist our dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills, with every procedure and ensure your experience with us is comfortable and enjoyable.

Tameka Smith, BA – Registered and Certified Dental Assistant

Since 2000, Tameka has been assisting Dr. J. Whitley Wills and bringing beautiful smiles to our patients. Tameka enjoys working with a team who is dedicated to spending quality time with the patients to ensure that their dental needs are met. By providing personalized information and education to each patient, Tameka helps provide exceptional dental experiences.

Tameka received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Memphis. Married with two children, Tameka’s hobbies include spending time with her family and cooking.


Jackie Gardner, RDH, BS – Registered Dental Hygienist
Jackie joined our team in 2006. Since joining our office, Jackie has been providing her patients with the best care possible through spending ample time with each patient and using the latest technology. A 1988 bachelor’s graduate of the University of Tennessee’s dental hygiene school, Jackie is certified in nitrous oxide administration and local anesthesia. She also has experience in periodontal therapy and can provide expertise in the treatment of moderate to advanced periodontal disease without referring to another office. Jackie enjoys working cohesively with the rest of our team to provide quality care.

Jackie has been married to her husband Wally for 17 years and they have two sons: Quinn and Barrett. Her spare time is spent running, cooking, traveling, doing yoga, and watching her sons play lacrosse.

Collene Mnichowski, CDA, EDDA – Office Manager/Patient Care Coordinator
Collene begin working with Dr.Wills in April 2014. Collene has worked in all aspects of the dental office and dental field for over 23 years receiving a dental assisting certification from Eastern Vocational in New Orleans, LA along with an EDDA certification from LSU School of Dentistry. She has also taught senior dental students how to work with dental assistants as a faculty member at LSU School of Dentistry. Collene will be the first person to greet you whether on the telephone or when you walk through our front door. She will always do her best to make each patient comfortable in our office from treatment recommended, financial responsibilities, in addition to understanding and addressing any concerns our patients may have.

Collene moved from her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2009 with her husband of 25 years and her son. She now calls Southaven, MS home along with our office.

Collene enjoys Cajun cooking, Saints football, music & spending time with her family and yellow lab Dixie. She also loves visiting family & friends on her old stomping grounds in Louisiana. “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler” Let The Good Times Roll!