Meet Dr. Burkey

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Paul S. Burkey, D.D.S., M.S. 

Orthodontics is a fantastic and fun profession! I am most passionate about helping people improve their smiles and their self-confidence. It is very rewarding to assist people in achieving a healthy, functioning bite, and I count it a privilege to be entrusted with my patents' care. I decided that I wanted to be an orthodontist when I was only 14 years old. There is truly nothing else I can imagine myself doing. I am thankful to have the opportunity, along with my wonderful staff, to serve our patients in a health care setting where we can help people and all have a little fun in the process.” Dr. Burkey




Dr. Paul S. Burkey has been an orthodontic specialist in Vernon Hills, IL since 1985. He graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School as co-valedictorian and attended Loyola University Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology, graduating magna cum laude. He is a graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry, finishing as valedictorian in 1983. Dr. Burkey pursued specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Iowa, completing a Master of Science degree with thesis and earning a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics. Upon completion of his orthodontic specialty training and residency, Dr. Burkey began to practice in Vernon Hills in 1985. In 1994, he relocated to his current office, also in Vernon Hills.



Dr. Burkey and his staff believe their patients deserve care and treatment that is personalized but also advanced and current, taking advantage of the latest in techniques and technology in order to complete treatment in the most comfortable and efficient way that minimizes treatment time. Dr. Burkey stays very current with orthodontic advancements and trends by attending numerous continuing education courses every year, including orthodontic society meetings, SureSmile® regional and national conferences, as well as three different local dental study clubs that meet every month. He also subscribes to numerous professional orthodontic journals.



As a specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Burkey enjoys treating children as well as adults. Dr. Burkey is in solo practice and maintains only one office. Therefore, you can be certain of the same personalized, consistent care and attention to detail, since you will always see the same orthodontist for each visit. He offers a wide range of treatment, including interceptive orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics to help influence skeletal growth of the jaws. He utilizes SureSmile®technology and uses GAC’s In-Ovation-R® self-ligating brackets, the most advanced in bracket design, for faster and more comfortable tooth movement. He also offers clear ceramic braces, lingual invisible (behind the teeth) braces,  and Invisalign® therapy.



Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists

  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists

  • Illinois Society of Orthodontists

  • World Federation of Orthodontists

  • Christian Medical and Dental Society

  • Elite Dental Group

  • Central Lake County Dental Study Club

In addition to these affiliations, Dr. Burkey is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only a small minority of orthodontists have completed the rigorous, optional certification and examination process to become board certified. This involves a written examination as well as an oral examination and a detailed workup and presentation of complex, completed cases. Dr. Burkey has published professional articles in both the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and The Angle Orthodontist, and he co-authored a chapter in Textbook of Orthodontics, published in 2001.

Outside the Office

Dr. Burkey grew up in Zion, IL and has lived in Libertyville for the past 28 years. He has been married to his wonderful wife Alisa for 29 years, and they have three children: Luke, Seth, and Daniel. To complete their home, they have a Boston Terrier named Holley,  adopted from a local shelter.

Spending time with his wife and sons is a priority for Dr. Burkey when he is not at the office. As a family, they especially like doing things outdoors, such as swimming, kayaking, golf, and water skiing. Dr. Burkey and his sons also love to scuba dive. In the winter, the entire family enjoys downhill skiing. Dr. Burkey is an active member of Crossroads Church in Grayslake, and he serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 71.