A U.S. Air Force veteran, Dr. Burrill serves in the Alaska Air National Guard, initiated the University of Alaska pre-dental program and graduated from the ADA Institute of Diversity in Leadership in 2018. “I will continue to strive to do my very best to help others,” Dr. Burrill said. “I hope that through my actions I can inspire others in our profession to do the same.”
New dentists have their eye on the future of the profession, with many taking on selfless pursuits and new endeavors to make dentistry better.
The 10 under 10 award honors dentistry’s rising stars: dentists who are giving their all, sparking change and inspiring others — all less than 10 years after graduating from dental school.
This year’s winners, selected by the ADA New Dentist Committee from over 120 nominations, have been responsible for a state’s oral health initiatives, conducted lifesaving research, testified before lawmakers and advanced oral health protocols at longterm facilities and end-of-life dental service utilization.
Whittling the number of nominations to only 10 was a difficult process, said Dr. Lindsay Compton, chair of the Subcommittee on New Dentist Engagement, which recommended winners to the New Dentist Committee. “It’s overwhelming to see what amazing things new dentists are doing,” she said. “By the end we were so appreciative and in awe of our colleagues.”