Dr. Dale Burke graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1985. Following graduation, he served with the Indian Health Service, directing the dental programs in Rosebud, South Dakota, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Dr. Burke grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but in his heart the draw of the wilderness of the ‘Last Frontier’ was never far from his mind. His lifelong desire to live in Alaska came to pass in 1992 when he was accepted into the Two-year Advanced General Practice Residency at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Earning his certificate in 1994, Dr. Burke separated from IHS and opened his dental practice in Eagle River.
Through the years, Dr. Burke continued his passion to be at the forefront of dentistry through advanced training beyond his Residency, with over a thousand hours of continued education, mostly in the field of prosthodontics. He is currently completing a fellowship in Gneuromuscular TMJ therapy from Occlusion Connections in Las Vegas Nevada. His training and experience have given him the skills necessary to handle even the most complex restorative, cosmetic, missing teeth and TMJ cases, all in a comforting manner. Dr. Burke focuses on assisting his patients in achieving dental health and confident smiles.
Dr. Burke and his wife Joyce have been married since 1985 and their family has grown to five adult children, all of whom reside in Alaska. They all enjoy the many adventures that Alaska offers, including hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and ATV rides. Joyce also enjoys it when he takes her to the many concert and play opportunities at the PAC. They also enjoy travel, especially their annual trip to Kenya, where they help support the Arrowhead Children’s home and Community Center near Bumala.
Dr. Burke has extensive experience in providing dental care in remote villages in western Alaska, and currently continues to provide prosthodontics dental services for the citizens of Unalakleet, located 400 miles west of Anchorage.