“I think I have the best job in the world. It’s a perfect blend of art, science, and patient interaction that comes together for amazing results. Of course we’re proud of our work, but the ultimate reward is watching our patients enjoy their beautiful, healthy smiles.” — Dr. Brian Klein
Dr. Brian Klein attended Indiana University where he majored in nutrition science and minored in biology. Following in his father, Dr. Christopher Klein’s, footsteps, he continued on to Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine with honors. Dr. Klein earned his Master of Science in orthodontics from St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.
Committed to continuing his education, Dr. Brian earns more than 50 continuing education credits a year by attending conferences and workshops, including the Damon® Forum, the Invisalign® Summit, the SureSmile® educational series, the American Association of Orthodontists conference, and the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation sessions.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Wabash River Dental Society
- Jefferson County Dental Society
- Greater St. Louis Dental Society
Outside the Office
Dr. Brian moved back to his hometown of Mt. Vernon after living in St. Louis for five years to complete dental school and his orthodontic residency. He and his wife Jane love spending time with their two young children, Eddie and Marie. They are very excited to welcome their third baby in the spring of 2018.
Like his dad, Dr. Brian supports many local youth groups and Christian organizations, including the YMCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Brennan Klein Field Foundation, United Way of South Central Illinois, Angels on Assignment, United Methodist Children’s Home, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and the Mount Vernon Township High School Foundation.
Get to know Dr. Brian
Who are your heroes?
My parents, wife, and kids
What motivates you to work hard?
The strong desire to constantly improve. If I go a day without making something, someone else, or myself better then it’s a depressing, wasted day. I love improvement and I’m more than willing to work hard at it.
What makes you laugh the most?
Pretty much anything my kids do
What is your favorite quote?
“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing … that’s why it’s recommended daily.” — Zig Ziglar
What is your favorite card or board game?
Risk: the more competitive people get, the more enjoyable the game
What song would you sing at karaoke night?
I’d feel the need to embarrass myself across as many genres as possible so ...
Rock — “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” (The Darkness)
Rap — “Intergalactic” (Beastie Boys)
Country — “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (Garth Brooks)
Bonus question — What karaoke song would you pay to watch Dr. Chris and Dr. Brian perform?
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If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Buffalo chicken wings with salad and an iced tea
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Medical mission trip to the mountains of Honduras
Is there anything you wish would come back in style?
MC Hammer pants
What celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?
John Mozeliak (general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals)
What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
Nerd alert … I secretly love pedometers and have worn one almost every day for the past decade. Way before FitBits and iWatches became popular, I was wearing a huge medical grade pedometer just because I love to crunch the stats at the end of the day.