Meet the Traverse City, MI Dental Team

Our practice offers a friendly, helpful group of dental professionals situated in a relaxing setting overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay. We utilize the best dental technologies available to ensure your visits with us are comfortable and enjoyable. Meet our team that will help make your experience the best it can possibly be.


Dental Assistant / Patient Care Coordinator

I moved to the Traverse City area in July of 2017 from Rhode Island, where I studied General Health Science at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts.  My career goals have always included working in the dental field and caring for the needs of patients, and I feel very blessed to have been given that opportunity with Associates in Family Dentistry.  I am ecstatic to be a part of the Associates in Family Dentistry family and am grateful to have the opportunity to share my smile with the greater Traverse City area.

Aside from dentistry, I enjoy spending time with my family every chance I get.  With my husband active duty military, it has allowed me to see so many places in the United States.  I LOVE meeting new people and making new friends in all the places we have been.  I also enjoy spending time viewing the beauty of our country and enjoying mother nature any way I can.


Dental Assistant

I have had the pleasure of working at Associates in Family Dentistry since August of 2017.  I attended UNMC to receive my certification in dental radiology.  I have always had a passion and fascination with dentistry and moved to the Traverse City area to pursue it with Associates in Family Dentistry.  We care as much about our patients as we do each other, and I am proud to be a part of such a driven and compassionate team.

When not at the office, I enjoy kayaking Northern Michigan lakes, crafting, and cooking; as well as spending time with my family and two cats at home!

Erik R. Burke, D.D.S., GPR

“I love the fact that, as a Dentist, I can have an impact on someone’s health and frankly their perception on life through their smile.  My utmost concern is for my patients to have a positive and painless experience in my care.  I am invested in people and am truly blessed to be able to work with my hands and have countless interactions with amazing people every day.” Erik R. Burke, DDS, GPR

Originally from Northwest Michigan, Dr. Burke graduated from Traverse City Central HS in 2004 and then attended Colgate University (perfect name for the schooling of a Dentist!) on a football scholarship as a wide receiver.  Dr. Burke received his Doctorate from the University of Detroit-Mercy and completed an intensive, one-year General Practice Residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.  He then worked in private practice in San Francisco, CA before finally returning home to practice for good.  He has extensive training in all manners of restorative and cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep appliances, wisdom tooth extraction, and is an Invisalign certified practitioner.

When Dr. Burke is not caring for his patients, he enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, stand-up paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and spending time with his friends and family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

When growing up, I always loved going to the dentist and knew I wanted to go into the dental field. I graduated from Ferris State University in 2012 with a passion for dental hygiene. I relocated to the Traverse City area and was ecstatic when the opportunity became available to be a part of this beautiful office! I became a member of the Associates in Family Dentistry team in June 2016. I truly take pride in making patients feel comfortable and allowing them to have the best care. I love working with the latest technology to provide excellent treatment to our patients.

I love being on the water and boating on all the lakes Northern Michigan has to offer during the warm summer months! I also enjoy skiing, camping, walking, and most of all spending time with my family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Graduating from Ferris State University with my degree in Dental Hygiene, I pursued my dental career in the Traverse City area. I have been in practice now for over 20 years and am proud to be a member of the Associates in Family Dentistry team. I believe making our patients feel like they are part of our family is what sets our practice apart from the rest.

Aside from dentistry, I enjoy kayaking, skiing, sewing and reading as well as spending time with my husband, two grown children and my grandchild.


Office Manager

I have been working at Associates in Family Dentistry since 1999. I graduated from Central Michigan University in 1997 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Shortly thereafter I discovered my love for dentistry! I thoroughly enjoy working in this industry and am proud to say I work at Associates in Family Dentistry.

I love warm weather and with living in Northern Michigan it is known that summertime is my absolute favorite time of year. I enjoy fishing on many of the beautiful lakes with my husband and children. I also like playing sports and most any game in general.