Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Mom
At Sparkling Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, each child is treated like my own. We laugh, play, and dance through the day, making the dental experience enjoyable!
As a pediatric dentist, I have been given the pleasure of working with beautiful children every day. I know the importance of a smile in building the self-confidence of a young person. Oral health is a critical part of a person’s overall well-being.
Every interaction with my patients brings me joy. To be able to comfort and encourage an anxious toddler through a procedure is very gratifying. It is rewarding to get a child out of pain and into dental health. I constantly get reminded why I chose this profession when children come running into the office, full of excitement to see my team and me - it's my passion.
My goal is to guide children to develop a foundation that leads them to a lifetime of proper oral health. The reward comes when a child has taken ownership of their dental health, and repeats what “Dr. B.” has taught them about daily brushing and flossing.
I love knowing I have been blessed with a special skill set that allows me to educate and change the life of a child for the better.
Education and Experience
For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. My orthodontist encouraged me to become a dentist.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Morgan State University and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Howard University College of Dentistry.
After graduating dental school, I practiced general dentistry for two years while serving the disadvantaged dental community as a National Health Service Corps scholar. As the dental director of a health clinic, my exposure to pediatric dental patients led me to realize working with children was my calling.
I returned to Howard University College of Dentistry for my Pediatric Dental Residency, and have practiced as a pediatric dental specialist since 2012.
Commitment to Lifelong Learning
Pediatric dentistry, like all areas of healthcare, is a constantly advancing specialty. Staying abreast of the latest developments, and carefully evaluating new options before incorporating them into patient care, is the core of my dedication to my profession and my patients.
I am a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the organizations:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentists
- Mississippi Pediatric Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- Mississippi Dental Association
These professional organizations offer numerous meetings, lectures, and seminars, along with peer-reviewed journals. I make the most of every opportunity to learn, and incorporate the wealth of knowledge into my patients’ care.
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and now reside with my family in Petal, Mississippi. Prior to our move to Petal we lived in Laurel, Mississippi for six years.
My husband, Derrick Burgess, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon in Laurel. We have three children, who are our pride and joy and keep us very busy with their varied and constantly expanding interests!
In my spare time you can find me supporting my children’s many activities, mentoring in the community (I especially love mentoring children who aspire to join the medical/dental field!), and traveling. I am a lover of all things Disney and enjoy spending time with the Mouse at Disney World! Closer to home, I love to read, craft, and cook for my family.
Above all else, time spent with loved ones is my favorite thing.