Our Practice

Piney Woods Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is located in Nacogdoches, TX, next to Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital.

With our convenient location our patients travel from the surrounding areas of East Texas, including Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Center, San Augustine, Timpson, Shelbyville, Piney Woods, Tenaha, Carthage, Hudson, Central Heights, Diboll, Corrigan, Livingston, Crockett, Deep East Texas, Hemphill, Henderson, Kilgore, Rusk, Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


Brett Shirley, DDS, MD, FACS


Dr. Shirley grew up in San Antonio, TX. He received a golf scholarship from Louisiana Tech University, where he completed his undergraduate studies. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with cum laude honors from UTHSC, San Antonio in 2008. Dr. Shirley then completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX, which is known as one of the most prestigious maxillofacial surgery programs in the country. In 2011, he earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School and completed an internship in general surgery and anesthesia. He finished his residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2014 and was chosen to pursue an additional year of fellowship training in maxillofacial oncology and reconstructive surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. 

Before relocating to East Texas, Dr. Shirley served as the chief oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA, for three years. In addition to working in private practice, he is also an associate faculty member at the LSU/Oschner Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA, and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX, where he works with and trains the oral and maxillofacial surgery residents and maxillofacial oncology and reconstructive surgery fellows. Dr. Shirley's training and previous work have allowed him to have an extensive scope of practice. He loves all aspects of his profession but has a particular interest and specialized training in dental implants, all on 4 (lock on dentures), and the removal and reconstruction of benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck.  

Dr. Shirley is a Fellow with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Shirley is one of less than fifteen doctors in nation to have a certification in Added Qualifications in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Shirley has contributed to textbooks, publications, has given numerous presentations on various subjects in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is also affiliated with local hospitals including Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, CHI St Lukes Hospital Lufkin, Texas, Woodland Heights Hospital Lufkin, Texas, LSU/Oschner University Hospital Shreveport, Louisiana, and John Peter Smith Hospital Fort Worth, Texas.