Meet Dr. Michelle Burlingame

A Love for My Patients and their Smiles

I truly love coming to work every day. It’s a joy to get to know each of my patients, and their families, on a personal level. It’s a privilege to have a career that allows me to become a small part of a person’s life, whether I’m caring for a child, teen, or adult.

I’m clearly biased, but orthodontics is the best profession. I love everything from the nerdy science of moving teeth to finding out what’s new in a patient’s life at every appointment. The big reveal of a brand-new smile on the day we remove the braces, is so satisfying: not just for our patient, but for our team, too. All that hard work, by the patient and by us, has delivered a smile that will last a lifetime.

I love seeing healthy, confident, and beautiful smiles, and orthodontics enables me to create them. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling or rewarding profession.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • Undergraduate degree – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT
  • Masters of Science and Residency in Orthodontics – State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

As an orthodontist, continuing education is part of my commitment to my patients and myself. This is an evolving field, with developments in technology and procedures occurring constantly. I regularly attend meetings, seminars, and lectures, as well as stay current with orthodontic journals.

I attend the annual sessions for the Northeastern Regional Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists, to stay abreast of the newest research and innovations.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
  • Fourth District Dental Society, past newsletter editor
  • Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association – Board Member

Personal Life

My husband Scott and I both grew up in Galway. We graduated from Galway High School and were excited to move back after completing our education. Scott is a structural engineer as well as an amazing husband and dad. We have two daughters, Lea and Eloise, along with two yellow labs, Colden and Libby, and a cat named Riley.  We enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and just taking a stroll to the park. My family and friends are important to me and I make sure I take time to enjoy being with the people in my life who matter the most.