Meet The Turley Dental Care Team

Turley Dental Care is part of a 29-year Billings tradition of dental comfort & care. The doctors & staff of Turley Dental Care are continually educating themselves on the latest, most effective & comfortable dental techniques available. We offer you & your family the most advanced, comfortable, personalized & antiseptic dental care.

Dr. Turley

Dr. James E. Turley

Dr. Turley is part of a 29 year Billings’ tradition of dental comfort & comprehensive care. He is a graduate from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. Dr Turley has dedicated his practice to providing the best dentistry has to offer. Having practiced for 34 years, Dr. Turley is continually educating himself & his staff about the latest dental advances in order to offer state-of-the-art, personalized dental care.

Dr. Thompson

Dr. Lisa Thompson

Dr. Thompson has been with Turley Dental Care since 2008. She & her husband are both originally from Billings & were happy to come back to Billings to start a family. Dr. Thompson graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman & then attended dental school at University of Minnesota where she earned her DDS degree. She is involved with the Montana Dental Association, the Beartooth Study Club, the Academy of General Dentistry & the American Dental Association. Orthodontics is a passion of Dr. Thompson’s & she has become a provider of Fastbraces & a preferred provider of Invisalign. She has also attended multiple continuing education courses to continue to deliver the highest quality of dental care. Dr. Thompson gives each patient a comfortable experience while delivering the highest quality of dental care.

Dr. Rath

Dr. Rebecca Rath

Dr. Rath was born & raised in Billings. She recently moved back to Billings after obtaining her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Oregon Health & Science University in 2010. She has experience in Community Health as well as private practice. Dr. Rath especially enjoys oral surgery & improving the smile & confidence of her patients. Dr. Rath is excited to be back home! Outside of the office, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling (especially to warm places) & photography.

Dr. Elford

Dr. Kalli Elford

Dr. Elford received her dental degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. She brings with her a gentle touch & a wealth of knowledge. Dr. Elford enjoys all aspects of dentistry, including orthodontics, & is a provider for both Fastbraces® & Invisalign®. As a patient, you’ll benefit from her experience & her detail-oriented approach. She particularly enjoys working with nervous patients to ease their dental anxiety & will make dentistry as comfortable as possible. Dr. Elford is originally from Montana & feels blessed to be practicing & taking care of patients in her home state.

Dr. Colbert

Dr. Caitlin Colbert

Dr. Colbert is from Laurel, Montana & is excited to be practicing in Billings! She has a deep rooted interest & passion for dentistry, beginning with getting braces at age eleven. She studied biology & chemistry at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota & continued her education at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, earning her DDS degree. Dr. Colbert’s hobbies include: reading, watching movies, biking a& playing games with family &friends.

Dr. Hirt

Dr. Christopher Hirt

Dr. Hirt joined Turley Dental Care in 2004. Originally from Billings, Dr. Hirt is proud to practice in his hometown. After graduating from Montana State University Billings, he attended dental school at Oregon Health Science University, where he earned his DMD. With an interest in dental implants & continuing education focused on surgery, he has been awarded a Fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To maximize comfort during advanced procedures, Dr. Hirt has been trained in IV sedation. In addition to learning techniques to deliver the highest quality dental care, Dr. Hirt has been very active in the Montana Dental Association. He has served as the Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect & President of the Montana Dental Association. His dedication to dentistry & his patients has earned him a Fellowship to the International College of Dentists & the American College of Dentists, both organizations that recognizes integrity, leadership & service. Dr. Hirt gives every patient a personalized & comfortable experience that makes them smile!

Dr. Thayne Dawson

Dr. Thayne Dawson

Dr. Dawson is a caring & compassionate dentist who strongly believes in providing the very best dental care to patients. He is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. He earned his dental degree from Medical University of South Carolina in 2017. Dr. Dawson enjoys spending time with his wife & five children, & when possible, he enjoys hunting, fishing & camping. He is compassionate & easy- going & loves changing patient’s lives through improving their smile & oral health. Digitally designed crowns & implants played a large role in what got him interested in dentistry, & he is excited to offer those procedures to his patients at Turley Dental Care.

Dr. Kelsey Fraser

Dr. Kelsey Fraser

Dr. Fraser grew up in Miles City, MT involved in ranching & agriculture. After receiving her dental degree at the University of Colorado in 2017, she couldn’t be happier to return to Montana! Dr. Fraser also obtained degrees in human nutrition & dietetics, animal science, & business administration from Montana State University. She enjoys meeting new patients & connecting with the current ones. It’s a promise that her patients will always be greeted with a smile. Outside of the office, she enjoys horses & ranching, cooking, the outdoors, & travel. Dr. Fraser is currently practicing at the Shiloh Crossing office.

Dr. Taylor Baird

Dr. Taylor Baird

Dr. Baird is from Denver, CO & is excited to be a part of Turley Dental Care! She studied biology at Cornell University & attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. After receiving her dental degree in 2016, Dr. Baird completed a residency with emphasis on medically complex patients & oral surgery to further her education. Her goal is the provide the highest quality dental care for her patients. Outside of work, she enjoys all that Montana has to offer & can be found trail running, hiking, biking, or skiing depending on the time of year.

Dr. Connor Schwarzinger

Dr. Connor Schwarzinger

Dr. Schwarzinger grew up outside of Billings in Huntley Project. He attended Montana State University, where he graduated with honors with a degree in cellular biology & neuroscience. Dr. Schwarzinger began his dental career at this very office, where he worked as sterilization tech before leaving to attend the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduating in 2017, Dr. Schwarzinger returned to Turley Dental Care to provide the same quality care he observed before his departure to Colorado. Dr. Schwarzinger enjoys giving his patients a positive experience & loves to see them smile. Dr. Schwarzinger enjoys staying physically active, including exercise, hiking, dancing, & going on adventures with his wife & dogs.

Dr. Pamela Abeyta

Dr. Pamela Abeyta

Dr. Abeyta is passionate about dentistry & helping people feel confident about their smiles & overall health. For over two decades she has been affectionately caring for patients in the field of dentistry. Her journey in dentistry began in Utah where she received a Dental Assistant Certificate from Bridgerland Applied Technology Center. Dr. Abeyta graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She practiced as a dental hygienist for nine years. In 2008, she pursued her dream of being a dentist. She then went on to earn her dental degree from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2012. To further her skills as a dentist, she completed a one-year Advanced Education Degree in the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson Colorado. Dr. Abeyta honorably served as a commissioned dental officer in the United States Army for five years. Dr. Abeyta looks forward to sharing her knowledge & skills within our community.

Turley Dental Care Team

The team at Turley Dental Care has over 230 years combined experience in dental care. They are dedicated individuals who are knowledgeable, well-trained & who work hard to deliver the highest quality patient care. Turley Dental Care is proud & thankful to have such a loyal & caring staff to make our patients comfortable & give them the best dental experience possible.


Why Patients Love Turley Dental Care…

“I received excellent professional care & comfort. Now I have the greatest smile. I’m not afraid to talk to people & I’m always smiling. Thanks so much.”

–Jim Werning, Edgar

“How fortunate & blessed I was to have picked Dr. Turley. Not only did he & his entire staff treat me with sincere compassion & gentleness, but they gave me back my smile & confidence. Cheryl spent numerous hours on financing & making sure that this dream of mine was going to come true. The entire staff always made sure I was comfortable to rid me of fear.”

–Marie Burch, Billings

“Dr. Hirt took great interest in repairing my tooth, as if I had been a longtime patient. I had been a patient of another dentist for the past few years & have never received such extended care. The friendliness, sincerity & care your staff are beyond the norm.”

–Patricia Roma, Laurel