Dr. Burke was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Ottawa. In her career pursuit, she enrolled in the pre-dentistry program at the University of Alberta in 1981 with her major as chemistry. After two years in this program, Dr. Burke was accepted into the dentistry program at the University of Alberta. She then completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 and was awarded her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1987 from the Faculty of Dentistry.
Dr. Burke spent the next seven years providing dental services in Edmonton and Toronto and was then accepted into the Orthodontic Specialty program at the University of Alberta in 1994. She completed the program in 1996 with a Master of Science in Orthodontics and is an orthodontic specialist.
On a personal note, Dr. Burke is married with a wonderful daughter. She and her husband Mark, along with their daughter Ashley, enjoy playing tennis, golfing, and walking their Labradoodle, Moose.