About Us

D R Burton Healthcare Products was founded by healthcare clinicians with deep expertise in respiratory care.

Dennis Cook
President & CEO

Dennis Cook


Mr. Cook is a Co-Founder of D R Burton Healthcare Products. He leads our mission to make it easier for clinicians to provide safer and more effective care for their patients. As a clinician, he drives designs that combine user and patient needs with a laser focus on reducing key risks associated with Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI's) and readmission complications. Patient safety has been a focus of Mr. Cook’s career, and a central part of his previous presidential and executive management roles at Flambeau Medical Group, Metrasens Inc, Ohio Medical Corporation, and Medline Industries.

Phil Strasser
Executive Vice President of Corporate Accounts

Phil Strasser


Mr. Strasser leads D R Burton’s efforts on national accounts and strategic partners. Leveraging his thirty years’ experience in management, he helps healthcare facilities improve patient and financial outcomes. He focuses on our new innovations that reduce facility risk across respiratory therapy, anesthesia, critical care and home care markets. Prior to joining D R Burton, Mr. Strasser held leadership roles at ulrich medical USA, Nonin Medical, Allied Healthcare Products, and Bear Medical Systems.

Doug Pursley, M.Ed., RRT-ACCS, FAARC
Vice President of Clinical Research

Doug Pursley


Doug Pursley serves as the D R Burton Vice President of Clinical Research. He is a long time educator and researcher having previously held positions at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri as Respiratory Care Program Director and Director of Clinical Education for a combined total of 27 years. In that period, he graduated over 400 students. Mr. Pursley holds many awards related to accomplishments in education and clinical research. Mr. Pursley’s interests include performing research related to airway technologies, critical care medicine, and education.

Jay Annis
Vice President Anesthesia

Jay Annis


Mr. Annis directs new product development and commercial activities for the anesthesia products division of D R Burton. He is the inventor of the D R Burton J-Wand™ semi-rigid intubating stylet for difficult intubations, a product he envisioned after a decade of experience as a practicing CRNA, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. His focus is on difficult airway management and improving patient safety through medical device invention and innovation.

Ken Gallentine
National Sales Manager

Ken Gallentine


Mr. Gallentine directs the D R Burton commercial team as we promote critical care solutions to anesthesia and respiratory care practitioners. Bringing innovative new technologies is key to D R Burton, and Mr. Gallentine focuses on introducing leading clinicians to D R Burton’s innovative disruptive technology in these therapeutic areas. His previous commercial experience includes Tri-anim Health Services.

Susan Cook
Director of Operations

Susan Cook


Ms. Cook leads the support functions for D R Burton including purchasing, accounting supply chain, human resources, and customer service. Her focus on customer satisfaction was honed through extensive management roles in business-to-business organizations where she excelled in creating high performing teams. Her prior experience includes management at Smalley Inc., Ameripac Industries, and JA Frate Corporation.

Debra Kurtz
Marketing

Debra Kurtz


Ms. Kurtz leads marketing and product management for D R Burton. With over twenty years’ experience in medical device marketing, she is recognized for building impressive customer-centric products and services, and generating dominant market share. Her background includes many of the leading names in healthcare and also emerging device makers.

Dr. Joyce Burton
Joyce Burton


Dr. Joyce Burton has always been passionate about improving healthcare. While earning her bachelor degree in electrical engineering she became a Respiratory Therapist, and this would only be the first of her many contributions to the respiratory field.

After graduation, she worked in research & development in medical products, which further fueled her passion and financed her way through medical school. Today Joyce is married to Dr. Chet Burton, and they live in upstate New York along with their children. Joyce is a practicing Internal Medicine doctor and provides leadership to the local hospital as their inpatient medical director.

This tireless mother doesn't waste her free time. Joyce says she can't just sit around when there's important work to be done. Together with Chet, she co-founded D R Burton to bring innovative healthcare products to fruition. Improving respiratory therapy is just their first vision. Stay tuned.

Dr. Chet Burton
Chet Burton


Early on, Chet always had a mind for making things better. From tinkering with electronics as a kid, it's no surprise that engineering would capture his attention. While earning a bachelor degree in industrial engineering, Chet became passionate about healthcare and also fulfilled the pre-med curriculum. Chet went on to become a doctor in Family Medicine.

Together with wife Dr. Joyce Burton, they're raising their children in upstate New York where Chet is a private practice doctor. He likes taking care of people he knows, people in the small community where hard work and good friends are a way of life.

Chet continues to pursue his combined passion for healthcare and technology, and that's why he's our leader of innovation. Chet co-founded D R Burton with Joyce because he has lots of ideas, endless energy, and wants to improve medicine.

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D R Burton Healthcare LLC
3936 South Fields Street
Farmville, NC 27828
Email: inquiries@drburtonhpi.com
Phone: (252) 228-7038