Dr. Burke is a native of California and was raised in Anaheim. He attended Valencia High School in Placentia and graduated in 1979. His undergraduate education was completed at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego where he majored in Chemical Engineering. He was admitted to the UCLA School of Dentistry (the #1 rated dental school in the country) after just three years of undergraduate work and is the youngest ever to graduate from UCLA with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.
After UCLA, Dr. Burke spent a year as a General Practice Resident at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, developing skills in complex general dental treatment and rotating through the specialty services at the hospital. Dr. Burke then moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he completed a three-year specialty residency in Orthodontics and simultaneously earned a Master of Science degree through the graduate school at UAB.
After graduation in 1990, Dr. Burke returned to Southern California as an associate in several established Orange County practices. In 1991, he started his own practice in the Inland Empire area and has been living here ever since! He spent 6 years as a part-time faculty member at UCLA, in the Department of Orthodontics, teaching both dental students and orthodontic residents.
He earned his American Board of Orthodontics certification in 2001. He occasionally visits UAB where he serves as a visiting lecturer to the orthodontic residents and is known to attend Alabama football games. He is a member of the San Diego Academy Orthodontic Study Club and enjoys clinically based continuing education throughout the country. He lives in Temecula with his wife and has two college aged children. In his free time he enjoys surfing, softball, and is trying to learn to play golf.