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Lori Turner, CDA

Lori Turner, CDA

DAU instructor

General Practice
Lyons Dental Building
520 North 12th Street
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-7354
Email: lturner6@vcu.edu


  • B.S. in Health Administration, University of Phoenix, 2012
  • A.A. in Health Care Administration, Axia College, 2010


Health Administration - Health Management, Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare, Four-Handed Dentistry, Expanded Functions Dental Assisting

Professional affiliations

  • Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
  • Risk Management Sub-Committee - VCU SOD
Lori Turner is Director of the Dental Auxiliary Utilization (DAU) clinical rotation for senior dental students. She works as a clinical instructor in the predoc clinics. Her focus is on collaborating with faculty dentists and teaching students the fundamentals of four-handed dentistry. Lori is a Certified Dental Assistant through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) with over 20 years of clinical experience. In 2003, Lori graduated from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with a permit to practice Expanded Functions Dental Assisting. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Administration with a concentration on Health Management in 2012 from the University of Phoenix and is currently earning her Master's degree in Health Administration (MHA) with a focus on Health Policy through Penn State University. 
Lori relocated to Richmond, VA and began at VCU School of Dentistry in 2006 as a dental/surgical assistant in Faculty Practice. She then transitioned to the General Practice department within the predoc clinics and began the newly restructured DAU clinical rotation in 2012. Lori is on the boards for both the Continuing Education Advisory Committee and Risk Management Committee here at VCU SOD. She lectures on topics pertaining to four-handed dentistry and expanded functions dental assisting (DAI and DAII). She has volunteered on multiple mission trips to provide dental care to underserved populations in both Virginia and Jamaica.
Outside of dentistry, she enjoys family life with her two teenage children. Lori is an avid yoga practitioner and passionate about writing.