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Putnam County Has New Health Officer

Samia Turner, MD, will become the Putnam County Health Officer effective April 1, 2022. Dr. Turner replaces Dr. E. Michael Robie who has served as head of the Health Department since June of 2020.

Dr. Turner’s responsibilities will include medical oversight of the county’s health protection programs, helping to establish county health care policies, providing clinical supervision of physicians and allied health professionals, serving as liaison to the local medical community, collecting and analyzing medical data, and preparing a variety of documents and reports.

Turner is a board-certified family medicine physician with more than ten years of clinical healthcare experience. She is owner and Medical Director of Turner Medical and Almost Heaven Spa in Cross Lanes.

She established the full-service medical spa in 2007 and will continue to maintain her practice there while serving as Health Officer and Medical Director for Putnam County.

Turner’s professional background includes family medicine practice engagements at Cabin Creek Health Systems in Sissonville. Dr. Turner specialized in the medical management of chronic diseases, minimally invasive procedures and pain disorders for patients.

Dr. Turner received her medical degree and completed family medicine residency training at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington. She served her intern year of family medicine training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.

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