Introducing Eric Bjerke, D.M.D.
Dr. Eric Bjerke was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Seeking sunshine and warmth, he attended Arizona State University where he graduated with the highest distinction as Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management. During this time he also earned his PGA Golf Professional license and relishes at the opportunity to teach and play whenever possible.
Pursuing more, he attended A.T. Still Medical University where he earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree graduating in the top of his class. With a strong desire to give back to those in need, he spent the next few years serving the community of Tucson by providing dentistry for the less fortunate while mentoring dental students through clinical treatment as an adjunct faculty for the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.
He is currently in private practice in Gold Canyon and Chandler, Arizona and resides in Queen Creek with his lovely wife and three dogs.
Dr. Bjerke maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, Holistic Dental Association, and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
"Here at Bellissimo Dentistry, we pride ourselves on staying educated and engaged in current research and the latest technological advances in dental medicine so that we can provide our patients with the absolute best dental and oral health care." -Dr. Eric Bjerke
Katharine Martinez, RDH, MPH
Katharine Martinez graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2011 with her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. After working in the clinical field for a year she decided she wanted to expand her education and graduated in 2014 with her Master’s of Public Health from New Mexico State University.
Katharine has worked in pediatric and general dental clinics providing dental hygiene for patients of all ages and background. She has also done consulting with home health agencies specifically on developing oral health training for patients with developmental disabilities, their caregivers and nurses. Katharine has aided and consulted with oncology clinics on oral health advice to serve patients undergoing Cancer treatment and has worked in collaboration with public health agencies in Oregon to develop and implement access to dental care programs for the uninsured. She has written published articles in dental hygiene magazines aimed at improving patient health education.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and three boys. The thing that drives her to work harder every day is the hope that she can make a positive impact and drive change for those who need help the most.