I originally come from a blue-collar family in eastern Kentucky. My mom was a teacher, my whole family's teachers. My dad worked on the railroad his whole life. He wanted better for me from a lifestyle standpoint, as far as controlled climate and things like that where you didn't have to work in harsh environments. And he wanted me to use my brain instead of my body.
And one time he went to our hometown dentist, which we were close family friends with, and they had discussed his job and his hours and things he does, and helping people and how much he loves doing his job. And my dad came home, and I was probably 13 years old, and he said, "Turner, I've decided that you're going to be a dentist."
Basically from then on out, it's been my path. I was always interested in the medical field in general. I really like being hands-on. Dentistry, I always say, is a mix between white-collar and blue-collar because you get the academic side, but you also get the hands-on side.
And most importantly is patients for me and personal relationships. I'm a very personal type of person, and getting to interact with patients and talk about things outside of dentistry while meeting their dental needs and teeth complaints that they might have – that’s the most important thing for me, is the relationships between the doctor and the patient and building that rapport.
I'm just really excited to be back in Lexington. This has been my dream job, really since I left dental school. My wife Danielle and I, we've been talking to Beaumont Family Dentistry since dental school, and we've just been waiting for the right opportunity. And this is the type of patient base that I'd like to see.
I'm just really excited to see all different types of patients and treat everyone as they need to be treated.
Dr. Turner O’Brian grew up in a blue-collar family in a small town here in Kentucky. His parents encouraged him to go to college and search for a career that used his mind. After talking with their hometown dentist while he was still in high school, Dr. Turner realized that dentistry would perfectly combine his skill set with his passion for connecting with people. Dr. Turner carried his blue-collar mentality on his path to dental school and never looked back.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University before moving on to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he earned his DMD in 2019. Along the way, he met his wife (Dr. Danielle O’Brian), and together they joined the Beaumont Family Dentistry team in 2020.
Patients love that Dr. Turner listens well and helps them feel at ease in an uncomfortable situation. He enjoys getting to know his patients and building relationships that allow him to better understand the wants and needs of his patients. Dr. Turner is Invisalign certified and has experience with oral sedation and oral surgery.
Dr. Turner loves hearing the individual stories of his patients. He enjoys building those personal relationships and getting to know his patients’ families, interests, and endeavors. At the end of the day, he wants to help you achieve your smile goals, but he also wants to become your friend in the process.
Dr. Turner enjoys family time, especially hanging out with his wife and daughter. He spends a lot of time outdoors enjoying activities such as skiing, fishing, and being on the lake. He is a sports fanatic and loves watching football and basketball on TV or in person. Go Cats!