Rich Burkholder, DDS

Dr. Rich Burkholder, DDS

Dr. Burkholder was born in Augsburg, Germany at the US Army base in 1952, and thereafter lived in Oklahoma, California, and Washington. In 1974 he received his BA degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington. Dr. Burkholder took one year off, volunteering at Joe Whiting Memorial Dental Clinic in West Seattle for low-income families. He worked primarily with children and found the needs of our low-income families extensive. It was a rewarding prelude to his career in dentistry. Rich attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, graduating within the top percent of his class in 1979. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Burkholder traveled to Western Europe, finding a job in the Northern Swiss town of Schaffhausen. Dr. Burkholder’s goal was to eradicate dental decay within his areas of responsibility through comprehensive care and a strong preventive program. Dr. Burkholder returned to Washington State and practiced for 18 years in downtown Seattle, and then transitioned to Klahanie Family Dentistry in Issaquah, Washington. In 1989, Dr. Burkholder developed the “Adopt-a-Patient” Program for abused and neglected children, working primarily with the children from Childhaven. In 2008, Dr. Burkholder organized a team of dental health providers to perform dental care for approximately 80 children from the country of Belarus, which suffered the violent Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. In his current practice, he remains passionate about providing dental care to underserved populations and children