“Dentistry gives me an amazing opportunity to serve and help others, especially children, which has always been close to my heart. Working with children and their families, as well as our talented and caring staff and other colleagues in pediatric dentistry and other specialties is a great gift.” – Dr. Burke
Dr. Tommy Burke graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry in 2004. After that, he spent an additional two years specializing in pediatric dentistry, gaining his certificate from the University of Tennessee in 2006. During his residency training in Memphis, Dr. Burke treated patients at the University of Tennessee’s College of Dentistry, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis, AR, and at Arlington Developmental Center outside of Memphis, TN.
Prior to studying at the University of Tennessee, he attended Union University in Jackson, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry.
Dr. Burke has been formally trained in behavior management techniques relating to the dental treatment of children and special-needs patients. He is fully trained in dental conscious sedation, as well as full-mouth dental treatment in hospital settings utilizing general anesthesia. Since he began practicing dentistry, Dr. Burke has kept up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. He has also been involved with medical and dental research projects at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and at the Paffenberger Research Center located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.
He is a member in good standing of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Tennessee Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Society of Dental Anesthesia, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Dr. Burke has been married to Lauren, his childhood friend, since 2004. Together, they have two daughters, as well as a dog (Cocoa), cat (Chloe), and several chickens. Dr. Burke also has large extended families in the West Tennessee area.
Outside of work, Dr. Burke’s main passion is spending time with his family, whether it be at home, traveling, working in the garden, or spending time at the local lakes.
Dr. Burke is also an active member of his local church and can be found singing in their choir on most Sundays. He is also a member of Gideons International, a group dedicated to spreading hope throughout the US and in many other countries.