Our Team

The Woodlands, Texas Dentist

Larry Burgess D.D.S.

Larry-W-Burgess-DDS-FAGD-smThe Woodlands, Texas Dentist – Larry Burgess D.D.S. has provided comprehensive, cosmetic and family dentistry in The Woodlands, Montgomery County, and surrounding area for more than 21 years and welcomes you to Smiles by Burgess. “We are committed as a team to provide you and your family exceptional dental care and service.” This commitment to dental care has made Dr. Burgess an outstanding doctor and member of The Woodlands community.

Dr. Burgess has completed over 700 hours of continuing education with emphasis in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Studied personally with the masters of dentistry including, Gordon Christensen, Peter Dawson, Ross Nash, Jim Pride and Bill Dickerson.

Completed continuums at The Las Vegas Institute. Pride Institute Masters Program Graduate. Completed all continuums at the Center for Advanced Dental Studies. Currently enrolled in continuums at the Pankey Institute and the Misch Institute.

Bachelor Of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University Of Tulsa, 1980
DDS from University Of Oklahoma, 1989
Fellowship Standing with Academy Of General Dentistry (FAGD), 2003
Member American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Academy Of General Dentistry, Academy Of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Licensed to practice general dentistry in Texas and Oklahoma. Practicing for over 16 years

The Rotary Club International – Member since 1994. Paul Harris Fellow. Medical Committee Chairman 1998-2000.
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce – Member since 1994.
Dental mission work in Belize, C.A. in 1996, 2001 and 2003 with Belize Mission Project Board Of Directors – Central America Mission Project.

Woodlands Rowing Club – member since 1999.
Licensed Single Engine Land Pilot.
Certified Rescue Scuba Diver.
Lives in The Woodlands, Texas with wife, Stacy and two young daughters.

Jeromy L. Thornton D.D.S.

dr-thorntonDr. Jeromy L. Thornton was born in Beaumont, Texas and lived in the small town of Silsbee, Texas until his graduation from high school. He discovered his passion for dentistry at a very young age. After graduating from Lamar University with a bachelor of science degree in biology, he then attended Baylor College of Dentistry where he received his doctor of dental surgery degree.

Throughout dental school, Dr. Thornton devoted the majority of his time to dental laboratory work, challenging himself to enhance his hand skills. He owned and practiced in multiple dental offices in the DFW area, focusing on dental surgery and on urgent care for those in need. He has also received his implant certification from the Zimmer Implant Institute.

Dr. Thornton is married and has two young boys. He enjoys spending his free time with family and keeping fit.


Josh Gorman D.D.S.




I just love people and I love to take care of their NEEDS, and only their NEEDS, to the best of my ability.

Josh Gorman D.D.S.





Meet the Staff

Hi, we wanted to take a moment to briefly introduce ourselves. Here at Smiles by Burgess we want your visit to be comfortable and personal. Each member of our staff is dedicated to making your dental visit just that. We look forward to meeting you in person at your next scheduled visit.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.


“I am a committed hygiene coordinator and dental assistant. I will do everything in my power to help serve our patients with compassion and understandings of their needs. I will clearly communicate my experience, thereby enabling our patients to make well-informed decisions for themselves. It is my goal to make a difference in the lives of our patients and to help them understand the importance of oral health.”– Luci Atkinson – Hygiene Coordinator/RDA







“My mission as a registered dental hygienist is to provide quality oral health care with a gentle, friendly touch without discrimination. I possess the ethical, moral, educational, and clinical skills to provide optimum dental hygiene care to a diverse population. I believe in making each person who walks through our door feel as if they are part of our extended family through communication and listening. My hope is to make one person at a time feel less apprehensive and more comfortable sitting in my dental chair. I strive to give each and every patient the ultimate in dental care at every visit. Through compassion and empathy anything and everything is possible.” – Kim Crowson – Dental Hygienist




“It is my purpose as a dental hygienist to treat every patient with optimal care and consideration. I hope to enhance each patient’s dental hygiene experience through motivation, education and individualized treatment. I believe patient education is the key to understanding the mouth-body connection, i.e., How your oral health affects your overall health. I enjoy increasing patients’ understanding of their oral health and helping them find comfort at the dental office.”  Tina Padilla, RDH, BSDH- Dental Hygienist






“As Dr. Burgess’s assistant, it is my goal to insure our patients have a comfortable and pleasant dental experience. Through my love of working in dentistry and with people; it is my promise to provide each patient with a gentle and compassionate approach, understanding and respect.” – Tracey Zimmerman, RDA – Dental Assistant





“I am here to use my understanding of insurance to help make your treatment planning and financial obligations a clear and understandable process. I love working with people and I am here to help in any way I can, to make your time in our office an enjoyable one.”  – Tricia Crawley – Financial Coordinator

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