Meet our team
KIJA - Office Manager
Anakija (“kaiya”) Cross is a Boulder native. She met Dr. Burke in July 2016 when she became her dental assistant. Prior to dentistry, she spent 5 years working at the Cleveland Museum of Art after completing her MA in Literature at the University of CO in 2011. Meeting Dr. Burke and discovering holistic dentistry has been a blessing in her life and helped her implement the changes needed to thrive in mind, body, and spirit. As Dr. Burke’s office manager she is able to interact and help patients ease any fears or anxieties about coming to the dentist. She loves to help people by making them feel comfortable and well cared for. After years of experiencing some health issues, Kija has found alternative treatments in ozone therapy, diet, homeopathy, and acupuncture to be the best remedies for her various ailments. Emotional well-being and physical health are of course interrelated and Dr. Burke provides opportunities and guidance for healing and nourishment to her staff and her patients.
NATALIE - Dental Assistant
I’m Natalie Cruthirds, I am originally from Iowa and I moved to Colorado in 2014. I wanted to live in this beautiful state because I love being close to the mountains and enjoying all of the healthy aspects that Colorado, and of course Boulder, has to offer. I always knew that I wanted to work in the dental field, however, I never knew that holistic dentistry even existed. I completed my Dental Assistant program in 2017 and it wasn’t until shortly after that I had first heard about holistic dentistry. I immediately knew that this was my passion and I wanted to work in a holistic office to learn more about all of these amazing alternatives. The reason I wanted to work in the dental field is because I believe that smiling and laughing is the purest form of joy and happiness and nobody should ever be afraid or embarrassed to express that. The idea that I could help others improve their self confidence, and at the same time do it in a healthy and natural way, just sounded so enjoyable. Therefore, I was overly excited when I found Dr. Carmen Burke. She has taught me more than I ever could imagine and my life has only changed for the better. I now follow a cleaner diet and I am more aware of many harmful chemicals. In my free time I enjoy hiking, running, golfing, and spending time with my friends and family.
JAMiE GALLEGOS - REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Hi, I’m Jamie Gallegos, I’m a Colorado native, originally from Grand Junction and have been practicing Dental Hygiene on the front range for the past 13 years. I believe a good smile never goes out of style ☺
I’m enthusiastic about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle and aim to enhance the personal health and wellness of my patients making sure they feel understood, accepted and cared for. One of my main goals is to empower others through education and gentle support to be the best and healthiest versions of themselves. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/ stressful experience with understanding and kindness.
At Dr. Carmen Burke’s Family Holistic Dentistry I enjoy helping children, adults and families to find natural, non-toxic, bio-compatible treatment modalities to help bring oral health into balance in a safe, supportive environment. Since no single approach is correct for every individual, we promote health using conventional and alternative options.
Outside of work my passions are exploring new places outdoors with my husband Ian, hiking, cycling, snowboarding, reading with my cat on my lap, and working with crystals and gemstones - can also be seen climbing/hugging trees on days off