Our Practice

A happy office filled with healthy smiles


Our Mission

Our mission is to help our patients maintain optimal oral health and to positively impact our patients' comfort, beauty, confidence, and general well-being. We do this by providing personalized and compassionate care, and using a long-term approach.

Dr. Burton is awesome, great sense of humor and he is very gentle. He really listens and gives you all the options. I highly recommend him.
— Peter H.

Dental Practice History

Dr. John Gardiner bought the practice in 1973 from the previous dentist who had been in Fairhaven since the 1940’s. After 35+ years of full-time dental practice, Dr. Gardiner retired in 2007, making way for Dr. Burton to take his place. Since that time there has been modernization of equipment and computerization at the facility, and most of Dr. Gardiner's loyal staff stayed with the practice through this transition and remain here to this day.

In 2014 Dr. Burton realized that the old facility was just not meeting the needs of a growing modern dental practice and in December of that year he decided to move the practice to 3108 Newmarket Street in Barkley Village. In this well-designed and state-of-the-art modern facility Dr. Burton and his staff are better able to provide outstanding and efficient dental care for you and your family. 

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Meet Dr. Burton and his Team


Christopher J. Burton, DDS

I grew up in Bellingham and attended Western Washington University were I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Anthropology. I then continued at Western Washington University and attained my masters degree. Next, I was off to Washington, DC where I earned my DDS from Howard University College of Dentistry.  Throughout my 12+ year career in Dentistry I've earned numerous awards in General, Esthetic, Implant and Restorative Dentistry. In my spare time I enjoy many outdoor sports and all the great Northwest has to offer. I look forward to helping you make your smile its best. 


Pam | Office Manager

On April 2, 2016 I celebrated my 19th year at Newhaven Dental. I enjoy meeting new patients and “catching up” with long time patients. When not at work I enjoy riding motorcycles with my husband and group of friends. I have a Harley Trike and you can often find me riding it to work in the summer.


Christy | Dental Assistant

I grew up in Ferndale and attended Bellingham Technical College where I graduated as a Dental Assistant in August 1999. Shortly after I joined Newhaven Dental and became a Certified Dental Assistant. I am very close with my friends and family and enjoy spending as much time with them as I can.


April | Dental Assistant

Born and raised in Bellingham I have been a dental assistant since 1995 and joined Dr. Burton’s team in 2007. I attended college in Monterey, CA and attend continuing education courses to keep up on dental techniques and qualifications. I help patients understand their treatment options, address any health changes and communicate expectations. In my spare time, I enjoy mountain biking and the outdoors with my two children who keep my life fun and full.


Debbie | Hygienist

I graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine in 1994. Throughout my 20-year career in dental hygiene I have worked in both general dentistry and periodontal practices in Maine, New York and Washington. I actively participate in continuing education to remain current in the dental hygiene field. I am an avid traveler and have visited more than 15 countries over the years.