Dr. Anthony Brentlinger To Retire


With mixed emotion we announce that Dr. Anthony Brentlinger will officially retire with AOA as an Orthopedic Surgeon effective January 28th, 2021.  One of the original 8 founders of Arlington Orthopedic Associates, Dr. Brentlinger’s illustrious career has helped shape and transform the North Texas Medical Community over the past 30 years.  His warm personality, generosity, and expertise will be missed throughout our organization and we wish him the best in his retirement and hope that his greatest adventures lay ahead of him.

Dr. Brentlinger would like to thank the tens of thousands of patients and referrals that he and his team have served throughout the last 30 years.  To help fill the service gap that his absence will leave we have increased clinic time in the City of Arlington for three of his colleagues subspecialized in upper extremities, who will ensure that the community continues to have availability of high-quality hand, wrist, and elbow orthopedic subspecialists.

Dr. Anthony Brentlinger, a native of Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School in 1969 before serving our country in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War.  Honorably discharged in 1973 after an exciting military career as what is known today as a Seal, Dr. Brentlinger enrolled at Texas A&M University to pursue a Biology degree before attending medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio.  Dr. Brentlinger’s advanced surgical and orthopedic training took him to Oklahoma City, Memphis, Chicago, and New Orleans before he made his way back home to Arlington, TX in 1986.  In 1996 Dr. Brentlinger and a handful of Orthopedic Surgeons came together to create Arlington Orthopedic Associates.  Since then the group has grown to 28 doctors and brought North Texas’ first orthopedic specialty hospital to Arlington.  Since then Dr. Brentlinger and his partners have been leading the way in providing cutting edge, proven technological advancements to the orthopedic field to our community.

The upcoming many years of Dr. Brentlinger’s journey will include increased amounts of family time with his wife Laura, his three children Luke, Maggie, and Bobby, and his four, but soon to be five, grandchildren.  An avid hunter and fisherman Dr. Brentlinger will hopefully save some for the rest of us, or better yet take up a second career as a guide; fingers crossed.

AOA will also be losing another integral member of Dr. Brentlinger’s team following retirement.   Sam Duhon has served the community alongside Dr. Brentlinger for thirty years and will be spending her time pursuing her other passions: family time with her husband, son, and two grandchildren, sewing, and playing the six and twelve string acoustic guitars.  When things return to normal, she plans to perform again for her community as a member of the church band at St. Paul United Methodist in Hurst, TX.