MEET OUR TEAM
Dr Carmen Burke , DDS - Biological Dentist, Owner, Founder
Dr. Burke obtained a dental degree in Colombia, her native country, where she practiced for ten years. In 2008, she moved to the United States and attended Loma Linda University Dental School in California, where she graduated with a DDS. She is certified with the Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine Association. Dr. Burke has also received in-depth training in ozone therapy and the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART certified). In addition she continues to be an active member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral medicine and toxicology) and Holistic Dental Association (HDA).
Dr. Burke has merged her love of holistic health and dentistry. Her philosophy is to educate every patient in order to provide awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health, as the immune system starts in the gut, and the gut starts in the mouth. Consequently, every material placed in the mouth will affect the overall health. Dr. Burke has a conservative approach to dentistry; she believes in not over diagnosing or doing more than necessary. She promises to treat her patients how she would her family. In addition, she is an advocate of continuing education in conventional and holistic dentistry in order to offer her patients the latest and safest materials, procedures and technology.
She currently lives in Boulder with her husband and two young children. Together they enjoy Colorado and all the outdoor activities it has to offer. Dr. Carmen Burke is a caring, gentle holistic and family dentist, who loves to establish strong and long lasting relationships with kids and adults.
Dr. Anna Jumtina, DDS - Biological Dentist
Hi, my name is Dr. Anna Jumtina. I was born and raised in Latvia, and lived 10 years in Alaska before moving to Colorado to attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
Growing up in Latvia I became connected to nature from a very early age. There was almost an ethos about the way we treated what we put in our bodies and the earth. My philosophy is that our bodies have innate wisdom for healing, and my goal is to guide my patients to their optimal oral health by using biocompatible materials and finding the root cause of their symptoms.
I met Dr. Burke when I was a 4th year dental student. I was looking for opportunities that align with my beliefs, and fortunately for me Dr. Burke was looking for someone to join her practice at the same time. The rest is history!
I feel that a building a two-way, trusting relationship with a patient is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. So for me it’s important for patients to get their care in an environment that’s warm, respectful, well organized, and calm. I pride myself in being empathetic, welcoming and a good listener, and have found these qualities to be vital in my dental career.
Dr. Pearl Lai, DDS - Periodontist
Dr. Pearl is a Colorado native and a certified periodontist. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2009 and trained at the Mayo Clinic for her periodontics residency and received her masters in science at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Pearl strives to provide patients with the most modern and comfortable treatment choices through technology and innovation. She provides procedures such as laser gum surgery known as LANAP, pinhole gum rejuvenation, bone grafts, and dental implants among other dental treatments. As a practicing periodontist Dr. Pearl enjoys her relationships with her patients and her colleagues as much as the care she provides.
Her parents are from Taiwan and with their eastern culture had a different perspective on health and medicine. Growing up her family sought natural remedies from Chinese medicine that addressed the root of the underlying condition rather than symptoms alone. Their wisdom has deeply influenced her outlook on life and she understands health to include every part of the body, mind and spirit.
When it comes to her own health and wellness Dr. Pearl will research and find natural treatments whenever she can, which she has often found to be more effective with little to no side effects. She now makes her own kombucha and kefir.
She believes there is a place for both Eastern and Western medicine. The importance is the understanding that all systems are connected and to help the person as a unique individual and as a whole while respecting the person's beliefs.
Dr. Pearl and her husband enjoy mountain biking, camping and spending time with their pets. They have chickens, two cats, a dog, and an aquarium. It is always interesting at their house!
AnaKIJA Fostvedt Cross - Office Manager
Hi, I’m Kija. I’m from Boulder, and met Dr. Burke in July 2016 when I became her dental assistant. Prior to that I spent 5 years working at the Cleveland Museum of Art after completing my MA in Literature at the University of CO in 2011. Meeting Dr. Burke and discovering holistic dentistry has been a blessing in my life and helped me implement the changes needed to thrive in mind, body, and spirit. As Dr. Burke’s office manager I’m able to interact with like-minded people and help patients ease any fears or anxieties about coming to the dentist. I love to help people by making them feel comfortable, listened to, and well cared for. After years of experiencing some health issues, I’ve found alternative treatments in ozone therapy, diet, homeopathy, and acupuncture to be the best remedies. Emotional and spiritual well-being and physical health are of course interrelated and Dr. Burke provides opportunities and guidance for healing and nourishment to her staff as well as her patients.
Kallie Shae Bass - PHLEBOTOMIST & RECEPTIONIST
I’m Kallie. I grew up in Soldotna, Alaska and spent my summers working at my family charter business in Anchor Point, Alaska. I graduated high school and became an EMT. A few years later I moved to Fort Collins for college, and I have been here ever since. I’ve done phlebotomy for almost 6 years, and absolutely love it. I’ve always loved helping others and putting a smile on their faces. What better way than to work with doctors, whose sole purpose in doing what they do, to help their patients feel healthy and confident in such a natural way?
I love learning new natural ways to heal the body, mind, and soul. In my free time I like to go camping and be in nature. I also love collecting pretty crystals, rocks, and feathers.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing team and to be challenged and grow on a daily basis.
Marie Davis - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello. I am Marie! I was born in Germany and moved to Hudson Colorado when I was 6, in 1980, where I grew up on a small farm.
After 20 plus years of working in dentistry I have come to realize that my passion for work stems from the ability to truly improve the quality of life in patients and to be prepared to support patients in their quest for overall body wellness. My goal is ultimately the patient’s health. I find joy reassuring patients that only products which integrate well with the body’s natural design and makeup are recommended by me. I especially enjoy building trusting relationships with my patients so that they feel comfortable and safe, and well cared for on their emotional and physical journey for healing and well being.
Learning more is important to me so I take continuing education courses outside of work to keep up with the latest technology and how it can contribute in a holistic approach.
When I am not at work I enjoy spending my time with my husband and two sons. We enjoy the outdoors and everything it has to offer: skiing, hiking, camping, and boating. We also enjoy traveling. My favorite places are the National Parks and nature reserves. At home, I love running and hosting large family gatherings.
Katelin Hoile - Dental Assistant
Hi there! I’m Katelin. I moved to Boulder four years ago, and before that I lived in Milwaukee working as a hairstylist. When I moved to this beautiful state I was ready for a change. Since I’ve always loved going to the dentist, I decided to go to school for dental assisting to help people ease their dental anxiety.
When I met Dr. Burke, she impressed me with her overall knowledge of holistic dentistry and how important it is to avoid metals and toxic materials. I am a firm believer that our overall health starts in our mouth. I love working with like-minded individuals who share the same beliefs about our health and continuously work towards bettering themselves.
Outside the office you will find me practicing yoga, enjoying live music, trying new restaurants, camping, and exploring all Colorado has to offer with my two rescue dogs, Wrigley and Leo.
Marisa Martin-Wegryn - Dental Assistant
Hello, I am Marisa! I am a Pre-Dental student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and I'm working towards my certificate in Native American and Indigenous Peoples studies.
I am passionate about pursuing a career in dentistry in order to transform the lives of patients and to serve and educate patients about the importance of oral health care. I am dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain proper oral health while developing long-lasting relationships. After graduating dental school, I plan to work on a Native American Reservation to provide dental services to a population that faces unparalleled deprivations in receiving proper, necessary oral health care.
I firmly believe optimal health and wellness requires listening to the whole body, mind, and spirit. For me personally, alternative, natural, non-toxic treatments are the best remedies to enjoy a balanced lifestyle. I truly appreciate Dr. Carmen Burke's incorporation of homeopathic treatments into dentistry because the mouth is a crucial part of both the immune and digestive systems.
When I am not at work or studying for school, I enjoy hiking, yoga, and spending time with friends and family. I am an active, outgoing person always looking for my next adventure!