Meet Dr. Richard Burns
Dr. Burns has a deep passion for dentistry. He has trained extensively at the Kois Center, a world leader in advanced dental training. Dr. Burns is the only general dentist in the Greater Victoria region who is both a Kois Graduate and Kois Mentor (teaching assistant / facilitator), and one of a handful of Kois Mentors in British Columbia. Dr. Burns believes the standard model of fixing problems after they develop causes unnecessary damage to the mouth and ultimately results in higher costs to the patient. Instead of this break-fix approach, Dr. Burns uses a personalized risk assessment protocol for each patient that summarizes their current condition and highlights potential problems. Based on that risk assessment, he recommends treatments that offer the best chance of keeping the teeth and mouth healthy, comfortable, and attractive for a lifetime.
Dr. Burns has practiced in the Victoria area since 1993. He participates in study clubs, regularly attends continuing education seminars and is a member of the International Team for Implantology, and the Canadian and British Columbia Dental Associations. Dr. Burns mentors dentists and specialists from all over the world, and lectures on a variety of topics to help raise the standard of care the profession delivers to the public.
His first degree in physiotherapy and training with the orthopaedics, rheumatology, and heart/lung transplant teams at the University of Alberta Hospital created a foundation of health upon which he bases his approach to dentistry: dental “happiness” will result when health, function, and aesthetics co-exist.
In his free time he enjoys riding his road bike on the Saanich Peninsula, learning new Mark Knopfler songs on his guitar, playing tennis, and family time.
- U of A – Received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, with Distinction
- U of A – Received his Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine, with Distinction
- Graduate and Mentor – Kois Center, Advancing Dentistry through Science
Awards and Scholarships:
- Arthur D. Cummings Gold Medal, Bursary and Scholarship
- Dentistry Canada Fund – Dean’s Award
- Frank Ceran Memorial Bursary
- Dental Alumni Association Prize
- Louise McKinnney Post-Secondary Scholarship for 1st place academic standing
- American Academy of Oral Medicine Certificate of Merit
- Dr. James Zimmerman’s Scholarship
- Canadian Physiotherapy Association Prize