Meet Dr. Purnell

Dr. Samuel Purnell

Dr. Samuel Purnell grew up in Ballentine, SC where he attended Chapin Elementary and Chapin Middle School.  After graduating from Ben Lippen School, he attended Clemson University finishing with summa cum laude honors.  Immediately following Clemson, Dr. Purnell earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina graduating at the top of his class.  He and his family then moved to Birmingham where he earned both his specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master’s in Dentistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Purnell  enjoys giving back to his and other communities through mission work and involvement in his church.  Throughout his life he has been fortunate enough to go on mission trips to Venezuella, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador in addition to local efforts such as Habitat for Humanity.

Dr. Purnell considers his greatest accomplishments marrying his wife, Katie, and having his now two-year-old daughter, Pepper.  Katie is a professional photographer who enjoys all types of photography but specializes in children’s photography. Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Purnell enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, and art.  He also loves to cook!

Dr. Purnell sees patients at all three locations and looks forward to creating your most beautiful smile!