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Meet our Doctor

Dr. Nikia Burns, DMD, MS

“As a native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, specifically Greene County, I am so happy to share my passion for what I do. When a patient feels good about their smile, they feel more confident about themselves. I truly enjoy helping patients achieve good oral health and a beautiful smile!
My journey to becoming an orthodontist began as a patient myself. I really never hated my smile but after the transformation occurred, I could not believe how much of a change actually took place. To this day, it was hand down one of the best decisions I ever made.
I attended Pennsylvania State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Pre Medicine. I then went to obtain my DMD degree at Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine where I graduated at the top of my class. Lastly, I pursued my specialty training at West Virginia University where I earned my Masters Degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of helping thousands of patients of all ages achieve their best smile.
I currently reside in Canonsburg with my husband, Nate, and two amazing boys, Hayden and Ryder! Any free time I have is spent with my family. We love to travel! Teaching our sons about the different cultures of the world is our family’s greatest adventure. We also love to sample the diverse foods these areas have to offer. Eating is our favorite!!”

As a medical specialist, Dr. Burns has completed the medical residency credentials to be called an orthodontist. She is a specialist in straightening teeth and ensuring optimal jaw performance. An orthodontist has 2-3 years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth and insuring proper form and function.

Penn State University
Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine
West Virginia University

Organizations and Professional Associations:

Burns Orthodontics ADA member
Burns Orthodontics PDA member
Burns Orthodontics AAO member
Burns Orthodontics chamber of commerce member
Burns Orthodontics penn state alumni

Experienced and Gentle

Our Fantastic Staff

Justine is the office coordinator

Office Coordinator

My name is Justine but you may hear the girls in the office call me by the name Teen!! I am one of the front desk girls! I have been working in the office since 2012. In 2010, I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. I enjoy browsing Pinterest for cute DIY projects, decorating beautiful cakes for birthdays and other special occasions, and immersing myself in projects around the home! Most of the chalkboard art and crafty decorations you see around the office are my creations! You may find a couple of cute hedgehog’s around my work station. They don’t bite! If you need to find me, I’ll be eating at your local Mexican Restaurant…YUMMM!! I have loved making the personal connections with our patients and their families!!

Brandi is the Orthodontic assistant

Orthodontic Assistant

I have been working with Dr. Burns since 2007. I am a Trinity School District graduate, GO HILLERS!! I attended Robert Morris University and played collegiate volleyball all four years. I have been married to my husband, Justin, since 2012! We have an amazing daughter, Mya and two pups, Remington and Milo. We love any outdoor activity; quads, parks, lying on a sandy beach, you name it! We love it! My latest obsession is browsing through Kirkland’s searching for farmhouse décor with Joanna Gaines as my inspiration. If I had to pick any snack in the world, it would be chocolate covered oreo’s…hint hint. Over the years I have been with this practice, I cannot thank the patients and parents enough for the wonderful bonds we have formed and lifelong friendships that have been created.

Alli is the office coordinator

Office Coordinator

You may know me by my voice. I answer the phones, schedule appointments, and handle financials in the office. I have lived in Peters Township for majority of my life. I attended Peters Township School District and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. I was also a cheerleader for PSU, WE ARE!!! I have been married to my loving husband since 2012 and we have two sons. While my husband was in the Navy, we lived all across the East Coast. It was an amazing experience but there’s no place like Pittsburgh. I enjoy running on the trail and love love loveeeeee Starbucks/Dunkin coffee!! You will always see one of those cups on my desk. I love working with people and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting our patients’ families.

Nikki is the orthodontic assistant

Orthodontic Assistant

Before I worked in this office, I was a patient here!! I worked with Dr. McFarland before he retired from the practice. Burns Orthodontics has been a part of my life since 1980! I have a remarkable husband, Chris, who is my High School Sweetheart!! We have two kids, Christopher and Nina. We have a precious little pup named Ona. You’ll find me by our pool during the summer with all of our closest friends and family! Watching patient’s transformations has been such a joy over the years!

Christina is the orthodontic assistant

Orthodontic Assistant

I have been with Burns Orthodontics since 2011. In 2010, I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Assisting from Bradford. I began working in general dentistry after I graduated but fell in love with Orthodontics which brought me to where I am today! I have been married to my husband, Brent, since 2012! We have three daughters, Kinsley, Bayleigh, and Oaklee!! We love being outside and spending time at our family’s dairy farm. If I’m not with my girls, I’m usually walking around Target or Kohl’s shopping for them! Kohl’s cash is all I carry. I prefer to be ultra-prepared! Most people shop for their Christmas gifts the month before the holiday, but I have a tendency to start December 26 th the year before!! What started out as just a “job” has blossomed into the most rewarding career. These girls have truly turned into my best friends! I have loved building connections with the patients and watching their transformations over the years!

Ayrel is the orthodontic assistant

Orthodontic Assistant

I am an Orthodontic Technician. I have been working for Dr. Burns since I was 17!! I married the love of my life in 2016 and we have two adorable babies, Lincoln and Lainey. I love spending all of my free time with my family! They are my everything. We enjoy long romantic walks through Target to peruse the clearance aisles with large extra sweet iced coffees in each hand. I love the bonds I have created with our patients. They are the reason I go to work everyday with a smile on my face!

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