About Us

Meet Tonya Burns

Tonya Burns is a seasoned professional at Elite Dental Coaches, where she serves as the Chief Operating Officer, specializing in all facets of the dental industry. As an independent consultant, she ensures that her clients receive nothing short of the highest standard of support and guidance, embodying a steadfast dedication to doing the right thing, every time. 

Tonya’s journey began as a Dental Assistant at Delta College in 1997, laying the groundwork for her multifaceted expertise. Over the years, she transitioned seamlessly through various roles, including Office Manager in General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry, honing her skills and deepening her understanding of dental practice management.

Tonya has an unwavering commitment to helping others succeed. As a Dental Coach and Consultant, she leverages her extensive real-world experience to empower dental teams, guiding them toward achieving their full potential. Tonya thrives on facilitating learning opportunities, reveling in the satisfaction of witnessing team members master new skills they once deemed impossible. Her approach is characterized by authenticity and expertise, earning her a reputation as a trusted advisor within the dental community.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Tonya finds fulfillment in her roles as a wife and mother. She shares her life with her husband and their two daughters. Beyond her family commitments, Tonya dedicates her time to volunteering in the local youth soccer league and indulging in leisurely pursuits such as vacationing, attending live sporting events, and unwinding at the spa. 

The Elite Dental Coaches Advantage

  • Over 25 Years of
    Dental Experience
  • Extensive Experience as
    a Consultant in Both
    General and Specialty
  • Featured Author in
    Industry Publications
  • Member of American
    Association of Dental
    Office Managers, Dental
    Speakers Bureau, and
    Dental Speaker Institute

Tonya Burns Shares Her
Professional Journey

“I have dedicated my professional life to the dental community. My career started over 25 years ago, as a dental assistant, moving to the front desk and learning all the necessary systems to run a profitable dental practice. I was promoted to Office Manager and then got into my consulting career. I have helped practices across the nation for over 15 years. With all that experience, I have a broad and deep understanding of challenges faced by dentists and their teams, specifically in the Pediatric Dental space. I have been masterful at uncovering revenue-generating practice improvement opportunities, and I excel in operations of the dental practice, including but not limited to systems, workflow, scheduling, and training.

Right before the pandemic, I was exploring this new trend in dentistry, automation. In stead of using Al technology, it was using robots to work like humans do. This is the change that dentistry needs and I knew I wanted to be a part of it! I headed Dental Robot’s Pilot Program and I am now working with pediatric practices to empower their teams with automation. I have always wanted to be part of the change and I am proud to say I am!”


AADOM (American Association of Dental Office
Dental Entrepreneur Women
ADMC (Academy of Dental Management


Dental Assistant, Delta College, 1997-1998
Office Manager in General Dentistry, 2000-2002
Pediatric Dentistry, 2007-2017
Dental Coach, Werner Consulting, 2004-2006
Dental Consultant, Mercer Advisors, 2006-2007
Independent Dental Consultant, 2009 to present

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