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Dr. Matthew Burke


Dr. Matthew Burke grew up in Alta Loma, CA where he competed in wrestling, swimming and water polo for his high school. Dr. Burke graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Burke then attended the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry where he was a member and house representative for the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. Graduating in the top of his class, Dr. Burke completed a hospital residency program at the Mare Island VA Dental Clinic where he received advanced training in Implantology, Full Mouth reconstruction, removable and fixed prosthodontics, oral sedation, oral surgery, pediatric, general and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Burke is an active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Contra Costa Dental Society.

Dr. Matt and Dr. Pam share a passion for community dental care. Together they have volunteered with the Flying Doctors and Christian Medical and Dental Association providing dental care to underserved communities in Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya and California.

Dr. Pamela Porteous-Burke

For Dr. Pamela Porteous-Burke, becoming a dentist has been a greater gift than she ever could have imagined.  Dr. Pam finds joy and fulfillment in the relationships created with her patients and her team.  As a student, Dr. Pam always enjoyed and excelled at academics.  She is highly detailed by nature but loves creativity and artistry.  Dentistry has become the perfect expression of combining  science with art to create beautiful, natural and healthy smiles.  Dr. Pam is grateful for her patients, her team and her profession.  It's a true gift to love what you do.  

Dr. Pamela Porteous-Burke received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated with highest honors and was selected for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Porteous-Burke attended the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, and again graduated at the top of her class with highest honors.  She was elected into the prestigious OKU Dental Honor Society. During her time at UCSF, Dr. Pam was awarded the Rainer’s Grant from the UCSF School of Medicine for her Oral Health Research in Laikipia, Kenya. Dr. Pam completed her hospital residency at the San Antonio VA Hospital where she received advanced and extensive training in Implantology, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Removable and Fixed Prosthodontics, Invisalign, oral sedation, pediatric, general and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Pam is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Contra Costa Dental Society.



Diana - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Office Manager


Office Manager

Diana was a patient for several year before she joined the team in 2000 after completing a program to work in health administration.  She is thankful to work with the team she entrusted with the care of her family and friends.  She takes pride in helping her revered team help create a positive, caring environment where patients can experience the exceptional service they deserve.  Diana thrives on being part of a team that focus on education, patient health and prevention while providing cosmetic dentistry.


She loves using her knowledge and expertise to help patients coordinate their dental treatment, schedules, insurance and finances to achieve optimal dental health and amazing smiles.  Questions are welcomed!  When she is not with her work family, Diana loves to spend time with family and friends, entertaining, boating, yoga, working on her house, going to Raider Games and traveling the world.

Melissa - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Office Manager


Office Manager

Melissa McElroy is an office manager here at Porteous & Burke Family Dentistry.  She has been part of the Porteous & Burke team for 25 years now. She helps coordinate appointments and treatment plans while helping patients achieve their dental goals.  Creating a positive experience and helping patients feel comfortable are just a few of her attributes. When she’s not working, she enjoys camping, hanging out with friends and family, hosting BBQs and working on her Bocce ball game.

Elizabeth - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Liz Couch RDH, MS received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She received her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.  Liz went on to earn her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of California, San Francisco where she researched the oral health perceptions of pediatric palliative care nursing staff caring for children with life-limiting illnesses.   


She is dedicated to helping improve access to oral care in vulnerable and underserved populations throughout the world. She has volunteered with the US Navy, The Bodhi Tree Foundation and other organizations providing oral health education and care in Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia and California.


Currently, Liz serves as the UCSF Dental Alumni Association Secretary and is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists Association and California Dental Hygienists Association.  She is a part-time faculty member at Foothill College where she supervises RDA students in the UCSF Dental Clinic. Liz is committed to life-long learning and is continually striving to provide her patients with the best and most current oral health education and care.  


In her spare time Liz enjoys alpine skiing, traveling, whitewater rafting, hiking, birding, and spending time with family and friends.

Mary - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Mary Wong is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Francisco, and also known to be a passionate dental hygienist. Mary has worked in the dental field for 17 years; 5 of which was dedicated to being a Registered Dental Assistant for a General Dental Practice, which included but not limited to Cosmetic, Periodontic, and Oral Surgery Specialties.

Since the very beginning of  Mary’s dental career, she enjoyed dentistry so much so she found herself inspired and determined to become a dental hygienist. After putting herself through one of California’s top hygiene programs at Foothill College, Mary achieved an Associate's of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. It has since been 12 years that Mary has served the community as a professional hygienist, and continues to provide quality care in a compassionate, comfortable, friendly, and sincere approach. In order to balance work and personal life, Mary enjoys spending time with her son, watch TV series such as The Resident, CSI, and Scandal. Her favorite food is Korean BBQ, and her dream vacation is to Tahiti Islands.

Jazmin - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Jazmin Rivera-Barba works as a Hygienist at Porteous & Burke Family Dentistry and has 21yrs of dental experience. She started as a dental assistant with Dr. Leland Porteous then left to pursue a career as an oral and maxillofacial surgery assistant where she worked for 14+ yrs. She returned to school to become a dental hygienist and received an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from Diablo Valley College in 2016. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of the leadership award from California Dental Hygiene Association and the recipient of the Student Total Achievement Recognition Award from Colgate. After 16+yrs she has returned as a dental hygienist to the office where it all began 21yrs ago and is enthusiastic about helping patients achieve excellent oral health. Jazmin was born and raised in the bay area and when she’s not in the office she can be found volunteering at CDA Cares or with her husband of 19yrs enjoying watching their three children play baseball!

Monica - Porteous & Burke Dentistry Assistant


Dental Assistant

Genet- Porteous & Burke Dentistry Assistant


Dental Assistant

I have been in the Dental field for fifteen years. I started in this office in 2004 working for Leland Porteous, and continued working for doctors Pam Porteous- Burke and Matt Burke when they took over the practice. The most rewarding part of my job is meeting and helping patients whether it be an emergency or seeing them attain the perfect smile.

I live in Hercules, CA with my husband Yonas.  In my spare time I love doing anything that allows me to be outdoors.  Whether it be vacationing somewhere new or sitting outside on my porch. Where there is sun, you will find me.  When I'm not with my work family, I love spending time with my huge family at home, especially with my 10 nieces and nephews

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