Dr. Burnett is a Southern California native. He was born in Corona and lived in Yorba Linda the majority of his life. He was an AP/IB student at Troy High School in Fullerton where he graduated from the Troy Tech program with High Honors and as a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. After 15 years in Orange County, Dr. Burnett left California on an academic scholarship to pursue his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Utah. There he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with minors in Chemistry and Japanese.
Dr. Burnett graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. While in dental school he served as the Clinic Director of a volunteer clinic donating free dental care to military veterans (Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Veterans Dental Clinic) and was the president of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery club. He also served as a Pre-Dental Student Coordinator for the American Student Dental Association and as an Assistant Course Instructor at the dental school. Dr. Burnett published multiple times while in dental school including an abstract on stem cell use in dentistry, a research project for which he was awarded a competitive research grant.
Dr. Burnett completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Cook County Hospital, a level I trauma center in Chicago (see ER the tv show). He was awarded the Resident of the Year award twice while in residency, served as an adjunct faculty member for the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, and presented at the Chicago Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons biannual meeting on malignant transformation of odontogenic keratocysts.
Dr. Burnett has completed certifications in ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support), and BLS (Basic Life Support). He has active hospital privileges at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. Dr. Burnett is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS), the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA), and the Orange County Dental Society (OCDS).
Dr. Burnett was married to his wife Elise in Redlands, CA. They currently have three children: Caden (7), Vance (5), and Macey Jane (1). He is an Eagle Scout, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, avid guitarist, lifelong soccer player, and die-hard Lakers fan!