Burkhart: A Dentist, A Pioneer, A Leader

W E Burkhart DDS

Burkhart Dental has a very rich history, founded by Dr. William E. Burkhart in 1888. As a practicing dentist, he found it difficult to get the supplies he needed to treat patients and found others had the same challenge. He saw a need and he met it. Today, Burkhart continues to meet the needs of our clients. Here are a few other things the founding Burkhart accomplished:

  • Dr. William E. Burkhart published the journal “Pacific Dental Journal”, in 1891. The journal targeted dentists in the Northwest.
  • Burkhart Dental Supply was the first company to be incorporated when Washington became a state in 1889.
  • Dr. Burkhart started and served as the President of the Tacoma College of Dental Surgery in 1893. The college was moved to Portland, Oregon in 1898 and became the University of Oregon, School of Dentistry known today as Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry.
  • Burkhart has been led by five generations of the Burkhart family.

We are celebrating 125 years of service and look forward to continuing to serve for many more years to come. We are focused on leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

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