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.
Walt Pfitzinger, DDS, MS
Diplomate American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
After completing his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Dr. Pfitzinger graduated from St. Louis University School of Dentistry. Following two years as a general dentist in the U.S. Army, he completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Marquette University and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. He then founded a multi-specialty group practice in St. Charles, MO, Family Dental Services, where he practiced for 25 years.
Dr. Pfitzinger’s practice for the last nine years has been focused exclusively on the emerging field of Dental Sleep Medicine, in which dental appliances give relief to patients with obstructive sleep apnea. These appliances can be used effectively to treat sleep apnea patients without the use of CPAP machines or surgically implanted devices. Dr. Pfitzinger works closely with his patients’ physicians in evaluating, fabricating, and monitoring oral appliances usage. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
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.
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 helping 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.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Olivia is one of our EFDA’s here at Accent Dental Center. She has been here since 2010. “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. My favorite part of this career is building the relationships we have with the people we care for.”
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my friends and family.
I joined the team in 2017 as one of the office coordinators. I have over 15 years of customer service and medical field experience, so it is the perfect fit.
I have a B.A. in biology and have a passion for conservation biology. In my spare time, I enjoy training competition and working dogs as well as volunteering at the local therapeutic riding center, where my personal horse is part of the therapy team.
My favorite thing about working here at Accent Dental Center is being able to make a positive difference with all the patients and the community. I love being able to make a personal connection with each and every person that walks through our door. It is truly an honor to be able to help our patients!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Lexi and I am a registered dental hygienist here at the office. I have been in the dental field since 2003 and have loved every moment! I enjoy helping people, so I believe this field has always been my calling. If I’m not here at the office, I’m spending my time with my friends and family or traveling to one of my many favorite places. I am very excited to join this amazing team and meet all my new patients!
Certified Dental Assistant
My name is Lacy and I have been in the dental field since 2007. I am from a tiny town in Kansas (don’t hold that against me!) where I have raised my son the past 12 years. I have had an interest in dentistry since I was 10 years old, always begging my childhood dentist to teach me everything! I guess I bugged him so much that he ended up giving me my very first dental assisting job. I could not be more excited about dentistry and where my career is taking me working with Dr. Burton and our awesome team. I am 100% dedicated to Accent Dental Center and our patients and I look forward to my future here.