40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

LAURENTIS BARNETT

  • Madison, Alabama
  • Divine Expressions Family Dentistry

Age:

34

Name of Practice:

Divine Expressions Family Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, Meharry Medical College


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Barnett’s passion for providing dentistry in his home state of Alabama as well as abroad is deeply rooted in his faith. A senior pastor at Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Dr. Barnett provides pro bono care through local charities and on annual trips to Haiti — where he also helps fund a school that provides roughly 300 students with healthy meals every day.

Inspiration

His passion for dentistry began when he was just 8 years old: “I remember going to work with my grandmother at the health department and the dentist showing me how to count teeth.”

Something People Don't Know

“I love bird watching. It’s a reminder of my faith: Birds never lose their song, regardless of what’s going on around them or what dangers lie ahead.”