Dr. Cris Turman
Dr. Turman has been in the practice for over 10 years. He graduated from Bismarck High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Turman also supplements his knowledge with online continuing education courses and he attends hands-on workshops and seminars twice a year.
Our dentist is a member of the American Dental Association, North Dakota Dental Association, and has received the Henry B. Clark Jr. Memorial Award for Exceptional Ability and Potential in Oral Surgery from the Minnesota Society of Oral/ Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has also trained with a CEREC doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona to provide same-day crowns. Dr. Turman also attends in-office and out-of-state training for SOLEA Laser, which provides pain-free dentistry for fillings. He has also had training in Invisalign.
Dr. Turman prides himself in empowering his patients and treating them for issues related to their teeth and gums. He enjoys the opportunity to serve small towns because he can get to know his patients well. His friendly office staff also help to make his day more enjoyable. He is happy to call Linton his home and is looking forward to working with wonderful people for years to come!
Outside of work, Dr. Turman loves to travel with his wife, Lorlyn, and try different cuisines. He is a music savant and an avid “foodie”! He likes cooking, baking bread, and experimenting with new food; he also enjoys mountain biking, hockey, and skiing. One of his biggest joys is spending time with family and wife, including their son Colin, their daughter Keira, and their German Shepherd, Hazel.
Meet Our Team
Our team members at Turman Dental bring a high level of care to every visit. They are all locals and their expertise and experience are varied. We invite you to meet our dedicated team by scheduling a visit with Dr. Cris Turman. We look forward to your time with our dentist in Linton and Wishek, North Dakota.
Bridget- Linton Office Manager, Marketing and Communications
I am originally from Wisconsin, and came to North Dakota to study at the University of Mary. In 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Catholic Studies and some minor studies in business and healthcare. I married a local boy from Strasburg and moved to the area in fall of 2016. Shortly after moving, I met the Turmans and began working in Linton in January of 2017.
I enjoy working for this dental office, as each day holds something entirely different! I manage our social media, and compose our monthly newsletters. I also handle various marketing efforts, and tasks that allow Dr. Turman to give 100% of his focus and energy to each of his patients. I look for ways to keep our office working as efficiently and effectively as possibly to keep our patients as well as our staff happy! I never dreamed that I would ever work for a dental office, but I truly enjoy every moment of what I do!
Outside of working at the dental office, I work part-time as the secretary at the Catholic church and provide care to our elderly population. I also enjoy gardening, spending time with my husband, family, and friends, as well as music, baking, and just being at home!
Becky- Wishek Dental Office Manager
I started working at the Wishek Dental Office in 2010. I was looking for jobs around my hometown about the time the office manager position became available. I knew it would be a perfect fit for me with my previous job experience at the Orthopedic Center of Excellence. My goal is to make our patients feel welcomed when they walk in the door. I ensure patients understand their insurance benefits, estimates for treatment, and I monitor insurance claims. I enjoy meeting new patients. I feel blessed to be able to work with such a fun, caring and knowledgeable staff.
My husband and I live on his family farm with our three kids. I enjoy being a farm wife and helping out whenever needed. When harvest time comes I am always busy running the grain cart and making field meals.
Patricia- Dental Assistant
I moved to Linton in 1998. I was working for another business in town when I heard about a job opening at the dental office and decided to check into it! I accepted a job at Linton Dental in July of 2001, which is something I never would have dreamed I would do! I began working toward becoming a dental assistant, and doing hands-on training with Dr. Schaar. I finished up my training with Dr. Turman and became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2014.
I love working with people, and being an assistant allows me the opportunity to meet many new people each day, as well as keep up with patients who have been loyal to us for years. My favorite thing about working at Linton Dental is of course meeting new people, but also learning about new equipment such as our Cerec machine that can make crowns in one day and the Solea Laser, which allows us to do many procedures in less time, and virtually pain free! I am very passionate about my job and about doing the best that I can. I hope that when people leave our office, they will tell others that I am friendly and compassionate, and that I do my job well. That is my goal each day when I come to work.
Outside of work, I love spending time with husband, my six kids and six grandchildren. I hope that someday soon, I will also be able to enjoy some time visiting my sister in California! If there is anyone who is considering a job in healthcare or who wants a job that allows them to serve and build strong ties with the community in which they work, I encourage you to consider a career in the field of dentistry.
Theresa- Dental Assistant
I have always had a passion for dental care. When I was younger, I was always proud that I had never had a cavity. So, I instantly applied for a job with Turman Dental when I saw Dr. Turman’s ad in the Wishek Star in 2012. Dr. Turman and the staff at the time took the time to give me on-the-job training. After working on the job for 2 years, I reached my quota set by the Dental Assistants National Board. Reaching this quota allowed me to take the national boards and become a Certified Dental Assistant. After I passed my boards, I was able to become state-registered and achieve my dream and goal of being a Registered Dental Assistant. I owe it all to Dr. Turman and his staff for being able to accomplish so much in my 5-year career. That is one of the main reasons I love working for Turman Dental. I have a very caring group of co-workers; what more could a person ask for in a career?
Outside of work I keep busy with my family. My husband Isaiah and I have 3 kids Zoe (9), Zachary (7), and Talia (2). As a family in the summer we enjoy going to the zoo, the Super Slide amusement park, Storybook Land, and the pool. In the winter months we get pretty creative with Legos and family board game night. I personally do a lot of reading, I am always reading a book no matter the time of the year.
The best part of being a dental assistant is helping a patient overcome their fear of the dentist. Most people would be offended to hear ” I hate coming to see you” almost every day. However, when a patient tells me that, I see it as a challenge to make their dental experience so good that they forget their past bad experiences. It is also fantastic to help a patient transform their smile. I love watching patients see their fillings, crowns, or dentures for the first time in the mirror. It makes me happy to know I helped put that smile on their faces.
If anyone is considering a career in dentistry the advice I would give to them would be to do it for the people who you can help. Don’t do it for the schedule, hours, or pay; do it for the people you will see day in and day out, which is what I hope my patients see in me when they are in my chair. I hope my patients know that I am there to help them the best way that I can, and that I care that they are comfortable, and getting the best treatment.
Mirysta- Dental Hygienist
If I am honest, the reason I chose dental hygiene was the hours! I had considered going into nursing but was selfish, because I didn’t want to work holidays or weekends. I considered dental hygiene since it was something in the healthcare field. After some checking, I knew that this was what I should be, because it involved ‘cleaning’ and anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE to clean!
That is one of the rewards of the job: having your patients see and feel the difference after their cleanings. It’s not always an easy path for the patient or the hygienist, but the end result is always worth it. We understand that the dental office is not a ‘favorite’ place to visit, but we are doing what we love to benefit you!
I grew up in Hazelton and now live on a farm south of Braddock with my husband Nick, who is a grain farmer, our daughter Evolette and son Jackson.
I like the small-town life and not having to worry about the morning commute through traffic. We are all lucky to have the opportunity to live our rural lifestyle but work in a dental office that provides such cutting-edge care to our patients. When you marry a farmer, you don’t get many options when it comes to where you live. I’m very happy with the profession I chose, and that I can to practice dental hygiene, even in a rural area.
Tracy- Dental Hygienist
I went to college at the University of South Dakota, not really knowing what I wanted to do. I had thought about being an x-ray tech or a nurse, but wasn’t sure, so I started off with general courses my first semester. My advisor just happened to be an instructor in the Dental Hygiene Department, and after visiting with him a few times, he talked me into applying for the Dental Hygiene program. If I am totally honest, the idea of a two-year program sounded great! I was not a huge fan of school. So long story short, I got accepted, and had two very stressful and hard years of school. But it was worth every tear and sleepless night. As soon as I started the program, I knew it was for me. I love what I do, and I also love the flexibility it has given me after I started a family.
I’d say one of the biggest challenges of working as a hygienist is finding a job in our rural area. My husband farmed, and finding a job close to Herreid after I graduated just wasn’t happening. I worked in Bismarck for the first 10 years of my career. It became a bigger challenge especially after having two kids. Then there was an opening for a hygienist in Linton, and even though I loved my job and coworkers in Bismarck I knew the right thing for my family was to move home.
In my off time I love spending time with my family and friends, attending my kids’ sporting/school events and traveling with my husband to someplace warm in the winter. My husband, Bob, is an Agronomist for Pinnacle Ag, and he also farms. I have three children: Erika is in her 2nd year at SDSU, Adam is a junior and Jacob is a 6th grader in Herreid.
If there is one thing I want my patients to know, it would be that I try to make them feel as comfortable as possible. I’ve heard many times over the last 24 years, “this is not my favorite place to be”. I hope my patients know I have their best interests in mind, and I’m doing what I love to help them retain their natural smiles.
Toni- Dental Assistant
I have been at Linton Dental Center since February of 1988. I started as a dental assistant for Dr. Scott Schaar. In 1989 I became a Registered Dental Assistant and in 1996 the receptionist. The best part of my job is the patients. We have great patients, and I have met so many wonderful people over the years. I try to make sure that our patients leave our office knowing that we care about them. Nothing is better than a compliment from our patients. Outside of work I love to spend time with my family. I have a wonderful husband Dan, five children and five grandchildren.
Jessa- Dental Hygienist
I have always LOVED going to the dentist, even when I was little. Growing up, I had the best dentist, so my experiences were always enjoyable and fun. I started my dental journey at NDSCS in Wahpeton by first earning my dental assisting degree. After achieving that, I moved on to get my dental hygiene degree. I graduated on a Friday in May and started working for Dr. Turman the following Monday, 3 ½ years ago. I was very fortunate to find a job right out of school, so close to where I would be living.
I grew up in Carrington, ND, where my love for health care began when I became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in high school. A couple of years later I earned my Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) license. I always knew the medical field was my calling in life because I love caring for others and helping people. If I was not a dental hygienist, I probably would have been a nurse, or something where I would be involved with caring for others. I want my patients to know I am always looking out for their best interests, and I truly want them to have the same enjoyable and fun experience that I have always had visiting the dentist.
I now live southwest of Napoleon with my husband, Evan, who farms and ranches. We have a daughter, Gretta, who just turned 1 in June. We are expecting our second child Christmas Day! Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family; especially at the lake in the summertime, horseback riding, quilting, traveling, and playing volleyball on our local volleyball league.
If you are searching for a rewarding career where you are always helping others look and feel better, then this is the career for you. Remember: A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear!