Our Team

Dr. Burkholder & Dr. Ramos

Our Harlingen Dental Team is committed to excellence in serving you, the dental patient. We each believe in the philosophy that each patient deserves comprehensive care in a courteous and caring environment.

Meet Our Team

Dr. James Burkholder, D.D.S., M.I.C.O.I.

Dr. James BurkholderD.D.S., M.I.C.O.I.

Dr. James Burkholder is a native Texan, and has practiced dentistry in the Rio Grande Valley since 1981. Dr. Burkholder and his staff attend annual continuing education classes through the Texas Dental Association, The Seattle Study Club, and the L.D.Pankey Institute.

Dr. Burkholder graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981, and has taken many post-graduate courses in adult restorative prosthodontics. He promotes the philosophy of the Pankey Institute upholding that each patient deserves to be presented with the best treatment that will help them keep their teeth for a lifetime in maximum comfort and esthetics.  One of Dr. Burkholder's main interests is restoring missing teeth with dental implants. Since 1986, he has been helping patients by using dental implants to enable them to smile, chew, and feel young again. He attends many post-graduate courses yearly to keep up to date with the new technology of dental implants. Recently, Dr. Burkholder was awarded Mastership status with the International Congress of Oral Implantology where he is only one of eight dentists in Texas with this award. The I.C.O.I. offers training yearly to educate implant dentists with the latest research on dental implantology.

Dr. Burkholder is past president of the Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society.  He is also an active member in the Academy of Osseointegration (implant society), and the Harlingen Rotary Club. He is married and has a son. Together they enjoy fishing, music, and traveling, and on his own, Dr. Burkholder is busy oil painting. He is also an advisor for the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Seattle Dental Study Club.

Dr. James Burkholder is also a graduate of the prestigous Misch Implant Institute of Temple University. This course of study encompasses all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment planning, and restoration of dental implant prosthodontics. He has also recently been selected by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Top Dentist In Texas.


Dr. Monica Ramos Boyd, DDS

Dr. Monica Ramos BoydDDS

Dr. Ramos Boyd began practicing in 2009. She was raised in Harlingen, and is excited about practicing dentistry in her community.  She received her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Pan American. 

She treats adults and children, and performs the following procedures: cosmetic porcelain crowns and veneers, esthetic fillings, bleaching, root canals, minor oral surgery, preventive care, periodontal therapy, implant crowns, bridges and dentures. 

Dr. Ramos Boyd is taking new patients, and will be happy to sit down with you and in a gentle, caring manner, design a treatment plan to give you the smile you want and deserve.

Brenda Martinez, RDH

 Brenda MartinezRDH

Our Harlingen dental office is proud of our Dental Hygienist, Brenda Martinez,RDH. She is trained in preventive care, placing sealants on children's permanent teeth, dental implant maintenance, and oral hygiene instruction. Brenda received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Texas State Technical Institute in Harlingen, Texas. She specializes in preventive care,so she can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.  Brenda also has been trained in periodontal therapy, and can explain to you how periodontal disease starts, progresses, and can be healed.  She is gentle, and will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during your cleanings.  Call our office for your cleaning today! 956-428-5566

Our Receptionists

Our receptionist will greet you and make sure that your appointments accommodate your personal schedule. They will also be at your service to explain and facilitate financial arrangements.



Jean Cook Dr. Burkholder Harlingen

Jean Cook, Dental Receptionist

Our Dental Assistants

Helping the Doctors with your dental care are three dental assistants. They will accompany you through the treatment to make sure you are comfortable, and that your questions are answered.

Jennifer Torrez, RDA

Donna Olivarez RDA Dr. BurkholderDonna Olivarez, RDA


Yvana Ramirez, RDA