607-272-7200
402 Third Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Meet the Team

Dr. James W. Fey

Originally from Chittenango, NY, Dr. James Fey earned his undergraduate degree at Harpur College (Binghamton University), and in 1969 received a doctorate of dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified with an emphasis in restorative treatment, cosmetic and occlusal rehabilitation dentistry. Having completed continuums at the Pankey Institute and Dawson Academy, he provides particular strength in the treatment of occlusal disease and management of temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

After serving as Captain in the US Air Force as a dentist, Dr. Fey began practicing in the Ithaca area in 1971. He incorporated in 1975 and moved to our current location in 1996. Dr. Fey has a broad range of expertise and uses cutting-edge procedures in the restoring or replacement of teeth. He continues to bring many new ideas to restorative, cosmetic and occlusal rehabilitation dentistry.

Dr. Fey is an annual volunteer for the Smiles for Life Foundation, a children’s charity organization of the Crown Council. Each year over a four-month period, participating dentists offer teeth whitening at less than normal fees and donate 100 percent of the cost to children’s charities across the U.S. and Canada. Fifty percent of the fees are donated back to a local charity of Dr. Fey’s choice, which is the Dream Factory of CNY. This charity helps “dreams come true” for critically and chronically ill children in the Ithaca area.

Organizations & Affiliations:

  • American Dental Society, Member
  • Crown Council, Charter Member
  • 6th District of the N.Y.S. Dental Society, Member
  • Tompkins County Dental Society, Past President
  • Dream Factory of Central NY, Vice Chair
  • Rotary Club, Past President

In his spare time, Dr. Fey enjoys fishing, golfing and bow hunting. He’s also a NASCAR fan. He and his wife, Kate, live in the town of Ulysses. Dr. Fey has three grown children, three grown stepchildren, and five grandchildren.


Patricia “Trish” Splaine-Hillman, Registered Dental Hygienist

Trish has been a dedicated employee of Dr. Fey’s practice since 1988 and enjoys working with Dr Fey as a team member offering new technology and innovative treatment to our great patients.  Her hygiene degree was award by New Hampshire Tech.  She came to Dr Fey’s practice with significant experience and offers our patients the expertise of 30+ years in the dental field.  Trish works primarily as a hygienist and occasionally as Dr. Fey’s assistant.  One of her favorite job duties is attending continuing education classes.  She also manages our inventory and product ordering and also enjoys performing lab work for which she has received special training.

Trish and her husband John are long-term residents of Trumansburg.  They have two grown children, Emilee and Colin.


Rhonda J. Sprouse-Gaasche, Registered Dental Hygienist

Rhonda joined Dr Fey’s practice in January 2011. She graduated with her hygiene degree from Montgomery County CC in Blue Bell, PA and has 24 years of significant experience in the dental hygiene field. Rhonda enjoys taking the time to care for and educate her patients. She enjoys meeting and getting to know her diverse and interesting patients and becoming a part of their healthy lives.

Rhonda lives in Kings Ferry with her wonderful husband Mark and their three cats Pooh, Tux and Tilly. She enjoys sewing, antiques and gardening.


Jamie Gehring, Dental Assistant

As Dr. Fey’s dental assistant, Jamie works chair side to make procedures run smoothly for both doctor and patient.  She attended Tompkins Cortland Community College before joining Dr. Fey’s team in 2007.  Jamie has a special gift for talking with our patients and making them feel comfortable during treatment.  She enjoys seeing our patients’ confidence and trust in Dr Fey.

Jamie and her husband Dick live in the town of Newfield with their two sons Kagan and Connor.


Amanda O’Dell, Receptionist and Patient Scheduling

Amanda joined Dr. Fey’s practice in May of 2010.   She came to the practice with 4 years of experience and enjoys making our patients feel welcomed and comfortable when they enter our office.  She enjoys getting to know the patients in the friendly atmosphere that the office provides. One of the things that she loves most about the practice is knowing that our patients are receiving great dental care and feeling like she is part of a family.

Amanda graduated from Hornell High School and earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from TC3.  She lives in Ithaca with her boyfriend Chris and dogs, Duke and Lucy.  Her interests outside the office include playing softball, hiking, walking the dogs, fixing up their home and just being outdoors.


Kathryn “Kate” Fey, Business Manager

Kate joined Dr. Fey’s practice in March of 2010.  She came to the practice with 37 years of experience as a corporate accountant and CFO of the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton. She graduated with her Associates degree in Accounting and continued her education majoring in Math and Accounting at Binghamton University.  Kate enjoys getting to know our patients and making them feel welcome and comfortable when they arrive for their appointments.  One of the things she loves about her job is the chance to learn the dental practice and occasionally getting the chance to assist during dental procedures.

Outside the office Kate and her husband, Dr Fey, enjoy golf, NASCAR, Cornell Men’s hockey and lacrosse, Broadway, travel and cooking.   She also enjoys working in her perennial gardens and knitting gifts for her family and friends and is a volunteer for the Dream Factory and Central NY.

Kate and Dr. Fey each have three grown children and five grandchildren.