Our highly qualified and specially selected team of dental health professionals are here to serve you. We combine extensive knowledge in the field of dentistry and esthetics with a passion for helping people. It is our goal to create a friendly and professional atmosphere that you can rely on for all of your dental needs.
Eric Burton, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Eric Burton obtained his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. As a graduate of Mizzou and a diehard Tiger’s fan, Dr. Eric returned to Columbia in 2003 to begin practicing.
An eternal student, Dr. Eric completes more than 150 hours of continuing education each year ( Missouri licensed dentist are required to complete 50 hours of CE every two years). In fact, in July of 2009, Dr. Eric was awarded the prestigious Fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Achieving Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry is one of the few added distinctions a general dentist can achieve. The AGD is the only professional association exclusively serving the interests and needs of general dentist. To earn Fellowship in the AGD, dentists must take more than 500 hours of educational courses in various disciplines. Candidates must also pass a rigorous exam. The award is then presented to general dentists in a formal ceremony. Eric Burton, DDS, FAGD is one of only 7 percent of general dentists who have achieved this honor. To learn more about this award or the AGD, visit www.agd.org.
Not only is Dr. Burton dedicated to life long education, he is also an active member of several other organizations, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and the American Orthodontic Society.
Genuine, quality patient care is a fundamental part of Dr. Burton’s practice, which means that we will take time to talk with you about the treatment options that best fit your unique circumstances. We want every patient to feel valued and appreciated — after all, patient satisfaction is the key to our success.
Registered Dental Hygienist/Practice Administrator
Heather is our practice administrator and one of our registered dental hygienists. She was raised about an hour south of St. Louis. She moved to Columbia in 1991 and graduated from the dental assisting program in 1992. She worked as a dental assistant for several years and found it to be very rewarding. She then completed her nursing degree and worked in the health care field for a short time, however, she missed dentistry.
Heather graduated from the Dental Hygiene program in St. Louis in May of 2003. She is dedicated to helping her patients care for their teeth and educating them of the correlation between oral and total body health.
Heather has been with our practice since we open in July of 2003 and truly loves our family of patients and dental team.
I am an Office Coordinator here at Accent Dental Center. I have a long history in the customer service field. I am new to dentistry, but have already gained a wealth of knowledge and look forward to learning more. “People” have always been my main focus and it is refreshing to work with a wonderful team who truly puts the patient’s needs first. It is rare to find such an honest and down to earth dentist as Dr. Burton and I am proud to be a part of this team.
In my spare time I spend as much time as possible with my family. I love chasing my toddler around and finding joy in the simple things.
I have been working with Accent Dental Center for almost four years now. I have enjoyed working with Dr. Burton and his team. What really stands out above any other office is the quality of care that Dr. Burton and his team give to each patient. Making their experience at our office the best it can be. Our office is always seeking and implementing the newest technology within our practice. I feel very proud and honored to work with such a great team.
With my free time I love spending time with my husband and my two daughters.
Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a full time Dental Hygienist here at Accent Dental Center. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2010 and moved to Columbia a few years ago for this particular job. I have been working at the office for five years now and can truly say I love my job. It’s great being able to work at a place where everyone shares the same compassion for dentistry; as well as great work ethic. Dr. Burton has taught me a lot throughout my time here and really takes pride in what he does. Working in the dental field has been such a wonderful experience for me. I love working with people all day to help them achieve optimal oral health.
In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as possible with friends and family. We love going to different sporting events and being outdoors.
Registered Dental Hygienist
I am one of our registered dental hygienists. I have been with Dr. Burton since 2006. In May 2005 I received an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene in St. Louis. I enjoy working with people and educating them about their oral health and its relationship to whole body health. Dr. Burton’s and my dedication to help people prevent disease is just one of the reasons I love working here. When I am not working, I love spending time with friends, family, working out and playing music.
I am a Registered Dental Hygienist here at Accent Dental Center. I joined the team in June 2016. I graduated from State Fair Community College with my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in May of 2016 and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Being a recent graduate means I have learned the most current information and technology. I am here to help you get to your optimal oral health which will also help with your overall health. I love educating or helping my patients understand the oral cavity better. If you have ever wondered why your dental hygienist does something or if you have any questions at all about your oral health, be sure to bring your questions to me at your next visit. I look forward to answering them.
A little more about me….I am from Boonville, MO. I graduated from Boonville High School in 2007 and worked as the office coordinator at a physical therapy clinic in Boonville before deciding to go back to school to become a dental hygienist. I know a lot of people who have a fear of the dental office so I wanted to be able to help people enjoy their dental experience. I am very passionate about oral health. I feel blessed that I was chosen to join this great team here at Accent Dental Center. Everyone at this office is so friendly, helpful and we truly care about every patient.
When I am not working or doing homework I enjoy spending time with my family and being on the farm. I enjoy caring for my all of my animals. I have dogs, a cat, chickens and cows. If I can get an animal sitter, I enjoy getting away for the weekend every now and then.
Expanded Functions Certified Dental Assistant
I am an expanded function, certified dental assistant here at Accent Dental Center. I am from Centralia, MO. I have been assisting for 4 years, and truly have loved every minute of it. I got my Certification from Ozark Tech in Springfield. My favorite part of dentistry is that every case is unique and we are constantly learning. My favorite part of assisting, however, is getting to interact with my patients on a day to day basis, and help them in any way that I can. Here at Accent Dental Center I have been welcomed with open arms and warm hearts, just as they do with every patient. We are like a family here. We have fun working together, and make a great team. I am glad to be a part of it.
In my free time I enjoy family gatherings, hiking, swimming, hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors. I am a very family oriented person and cherish every moment I get to spend with them.
Certified Dental Assistant
I am a certified dental assistant here at Accent Dental Center. After high school I didn’t know what field I wanted to into. It was a few years later that a great opportunity fell into my lap. Since then dentistry and assisting have been my passion. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I am very thankful to be able to work with Dr. Burton and call the whole Accent Dental Team my work family!
In my free time I enjoy travel, fishing, hiking, boating, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
I am a part time dental assistant here at Accent Dental Center. I have been working here for a little over 2 years now. I am currently in college pursuing a career in dentistry. I truly love coming to work each day to work with our amazing team. I love having the opportunity to interact with patients and learn so much about dentistry from Dr. Burton.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my friends and family.