Meet Our Sun City West Team

in Sun City West, Arizona

Our Sun City West team at Burns Dentistry is comprised of dedicated professionals who maintain a compassionate and knowledgeable demeanor. We maintain our education and technology to provide advanced dentistry in our area. Our vision at Burns Dentistry is to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art care in a fun, supportive, growth-minded culture.

We are one office with multiple locations, providing our patients and community with the highest level of customer service. Under guidance of our highly-trained leadership team we will invest in your personal and professional growth and development.

Doctors

Dr. Jerry Burns

Jerry Burns, DDS

Education
B.S., DDS, from Indiana University, Graduate of the world renown Spear Institute for advanced dental studies Graduate of PAC Live, Graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dentistry and cosmetics, Graduate of Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association.

Achievements / Awards
Past member of the Spear faculty teaching and educating doctors from all over the world in cosmetics and rebuilding healthy functional smiles.

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Dr. Erickson

Jeffrey Erickson, DMD

With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Jeffrey Erickson brings his small town work ethic to his passion for the art of dentistry, and the positive impact he can make in his patient’s health. As a second generation doctor, he understands that both skill and compassion are required for exceptional patient care. He recognizes the trust that patients place in him and his dental team, and appreciates every patient relationship for this reason.

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Dr. Tahany Whiting

Tahany Whiting, DMD

Education
Doctorate degree from College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University. Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Arizona State University.

Achievements
Committed to continual education ever since being a dentist, she has earned more credits than most dentists do in a 15 year period. A great deal of her training has been in surgery and dental implants, which she is very passionate about.

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Hygienists

Holly - Registered Dental Hygienist

Holly - Registered Dental Hygienist

Holly is a second generation Arizonan. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Phoenix College. She has worked in the dental field for more than nine years, and has laser and oral conscious sedation certifications.

Get to know Holly:
She enjoys spending time with her children, being outdoors, bike riding, and spending time up north.

  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • 18 years in the dental field, and nine years experience as a hygienist
  • Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry, be happy.”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: Growing up, she raised chickens, ducks, goats, and turkeys.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Switzerland, Fiji, New Zealand
Haleigh - Registered Dental Hygienist

Haleigh - Registered Dental Hygienist

Originally from San Diego, Haleigh has called Arizona home since 2005. She earned her Associate of Applied Science and Dental Hygiene Associate degrees from Carrington College in Arizona. Haleigh has more than ten years of dental experience, including five years of dental hygiene experience.

Get to know Haleigh:
Haleigh has a wonderful fiance named Jack, and they have two cavapoos named Emmie and Moose. Together, they’re both huge ASU fans, and love going to football games and tailgating.

  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Movie: Home Alone
  • Favorite Quote: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She is the oldest of five children.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Anywhere in Europe
Mikaela - Registered Dental Hygienist

Mikaela - Registered Dental Hygienist

Mikaela is originally from both North and South Dakota. She is laser certified and has an Associate of Applied Science degree. She has more than five years of dental experience, and has been with Burns Dentistry for over three years.

Get to know Mikaela:
Outside of work, Mikaela’s hobbies include working out, being outdoors, and interior design. She and her husband have a dog named Julian, and are expecting a baby boy in the fall of 2020. Her favorite football team is the New England Patriots.

  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Movie: The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Favorite Quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: Mikaela has a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Switzerland
Kara - Hygiene Assistant

Kara - Hygiene Assistant

Kara is an Arizona native, born and raised in Phoenix. She earned her Dental Assisting Certification from San Diego Mesa College. Kara has over two years of experience, and has been with Burns Dentistry for over one year.

Get to know Kara:
Outside of work, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their dogs, and shopping.

  • Favorite Color: Black or Pink
  • Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
  • Favorite Quote: “What is meant to be will always find its way”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She bartends at the Westin Kierland Scottsdale.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: anywhere tropical

Assistants

Heidi - Dental Assistant

Heidi - Dental Assistant

Heidi was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Bryman College, and has more than seven years experience in the dental field. She has been with Burns Dentistry for over one year.

Get to know Heidi:
Outside of work, Heidi enjoys shopping, working out, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two children.

  • Favorite Color: Gold or Black
  • Favorite Movie: Step Brothers
  • Favorite Quote: “Let’s rock this day!”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She held the record for most stolen bases at her high school for over three years.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Mykonos, Greece
Rita - Dental Assistant

Rita - Dental Assistant

Rita is an Arizona native. She attended Arizona College of Allied Health, and has more than sixteen years experience in the dental industry. She recently joined the Burns Dentistry team.

Get to know Rita:
Rita and her husband have two children. She enjoys hiking and crafts, and cheering on her hometown Diamondbacks and Cardinals. They have a three-legged dog, Gizmo.

  • Favorite Color: Black, Yellow
  • Favorite Movie: The Notebook, Superstar
  • Favorite Quote: “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She saved her mom’s life three years ago by donating one of her kidneys to her mom.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: London or Iceland
Sarah - Dental Assistant

Sarah - Dental Assistant

Originally from New Mexico, Sarah attended the University of New Mexico, and PIMA Medical Institute in Denver. She has been a Dental Assistant since 2016, and joined the Burns Dentistry team one year ago.

Get to know Sarah:
When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys spending time in the outdoors, reading, painting, cooking, playing with her toy Aussie, Ladybug, and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

  • Favorite Color: Red and Turquoise
  • Favorite Movie: The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • Favorite Quote: “Rest at the end, not in the middle”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She enjoys eating spicy food.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: The Maldives or Bali
Karli - Dental Assistant

Karli- Dental Assistant

Originally from Indiana, Karlie earned a Psychology, Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University, and her Dental Assisting Certificate from Carrington College. She has two years of experience in the dental industry, and recently joined the Burns Dentistry team.

Get to know Karli:
In her free time, Karlie likes to read, and loves traveling. She’s been to Australia, New Zealand, and Nicaragua.

  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
  • Favorite Quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Thailand or Japan
Megan - Dental Assistant

Megan- Dental Assistant

Megan is originally from Houston, TX. She attended the Dental Assistant Academy, and holds certifications in CPR, and Phlebotomy. Megan has eight years of experience, and has been with Burns Dentistry for the last four years.

Get to know Megan:
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking, baking, and waiting in line at Starbucks.

  • Favorite Color: Rose Gold
  • Favorite Quote: “Life is good because I decided to make it that way.”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: Megan loves everything pumpkin spice.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: England

Support Staff

Amber - Doctor Admin

Amber - Doctor Admin

Amber is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Surprise. She is just beginning her career in the dental industry, and has been with Burns Dentistry for over a year.

Get to know Amber:
Amber loves being around her family and friends. She grew up watching her brother play baseball, and became a lifelong fan of the sport, and cheering on the Diamondbacks!

  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Movie: Step Brothers
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t count the days, make the days count”
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Bora Bora
Debbie Jo - Concierge

Debbie Jo - Concierge

Debbie Jo graduated from Glendale Community College, and also has her Arizona Cosmetology license. She joined the Burns Dentistry team two years ago.

Get To Know Debbie Jo:
Debbie Jo is a native Arizonan. When she’s not helping patients at our Sun City West office, she loves to shop, play sports, and spend time with her family.

  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: Greece or Italy
Jessica - Hygiene Coordinator

Jessica - Hygiene Coordinator

Originally from Chicago, IL, Jessica graduated from high school in Glendale. Her experience includes more than 25 years in sales and customer service. She has been a part of the Burns Dentistry team for three years.

  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Movie: Empire Records
  • Favorite Quote: “A team that trusts is a team that triumphs!”
  • Hidden Talent/Fun Fact: She can name all Capitals of the 50 states.
  • If she could travel anywhere, It would be: London

Schedule a Consultation

With a fully trained dental team and an inhouse lab to deliver every type of dental procedure, we are fully equipped to customize an exact plan for you and your mouth. At Burns Dentistry, we know that every patient is different and that is why we’ve gone through the care and training to make sure we can deliver exactly what you need. With a personalized treatment plan, you can have the information you need to make an educated decision about your health and your future, with no pressure on our end.

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