Meet The Doctors


R. Eric Bessey, DDS


Dr. Eric Bessey was born in Manti, Utah. He attended Utah State University where he majored in pre-dental education with a minor in Spanish. He completed his dental degree at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. Upon graduation Dr. Bessey entered the U.S. Army and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry 1- Year Program at Ft. Campbell, KY. In 2001, he was accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He completed his surgery training in 2005 and most recently served as Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Dr. Bessey joined Jefferson City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in July, 2009.

Dr. Bessey’s four years of residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery included specialized training in maxillofacial reconstruction, facial trauma, orthognathic surgery, dental implants, bone grafting and the extraction of teeth. He is a Board Certified Surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Bessey keeps abreast of the latest advancements in oral surgery through his memberships in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, and the Missouri Dental Association. He currently is on the medical staff at Capital Region Medical Center, St Mary’s Hospital and is an examiner for the Missouri State Dental Board on General Anesthesia & Deep Sedation.

Dr. Bessey and his wife Kimberly have four children. He enjoys sports and fitness, family time, travel, and the many outdoor activities Missouri has to offer.

Dr. Richard F. Graham

Dr. Richard F. Graham was born in Morris, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where he majored in Chemistry and Psychology. He completed his dental degree at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. Following graduation with Honors he completed a one year Internship in General Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Following the internship he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University, Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He served as Cheif Resident during his last year at LSU. Dr. Graham opened the Jefferson City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic in 1973.

Dr. Graham’s four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery included an academic appointment at Tulane University Medical School as Head and Neck Anatomy instructor as well as specialized training in maxillofacial reconstruction, facial trauma, orthognathic surgery, and extraction of teeth. He has attended numerous advanced training courses in dental implantology and bone grafting. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of the American Association of Implant Dentistry, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Graham has been an examiner for the Missouri State Dental Board on General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation for the past thirty years and Evaluator of Dental and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for PRIMARIS. He is also a member of Delta Sigma Delta and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an Honorary Dental Fraternity. He is currently an active member of the Medical Staff at Capital Region Medical Center and St. Mary’s Health Center.

Dr. Graham and his wife, Sally have three chrildren, Jonathan, D’Arcy and Erin. Erin is currently a second year dental student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a Charter Member, Past President and current active member of Jefferson City Rotary West, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, is a member of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City where he served on numerous Boards. Other volunteer organizations he has been involved in include a live membership and past Chairmanship of Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He enjoys big game hunting, markmanship, world travel, photography, farming, hiking, NASCAR races and spending time with his family.