Harlingen Dentistry

Our Team

Ramos Boyd Dentistry

Our Harlingen Dental Team is committed to excellence in serving you, the dental patient. We each believe in the philosophy that each patient deserves comprehensive care in a courteous and caring environment.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Monica Ramos Boyd, DDS

Dr. Ramos Boyd began practicing in 2009. She was raised in Harlingen, and was excited about returning home to practice dentistry in her community.  She received her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Pan American.  

She treats adults and children, and performs the following procedures: cosmetic porcelain crowns and veneers, esthetic fillings, bleaching, root canals, minor oral surgery, preventive care, periodontal therapy, implant crowns, bridges and dentures. Dr. Ramos Boyd is always taking new patients, and will be happy to sit down with you and in a gentle, caring manner, design a treatment plan to give you the smile you want and deserve.  Dr. Ramos Boyd and her staff attend annual continuing education classes through the Texas Dental Association, The Seattle Study Club, Dentists Who Care, and the Dawson Academy.  Dr. Ramos Boyd is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Ramos Boyd is married to Cory Boyd, LPC and they have one daughter.  She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and is an active member of the Junior League of Harlingen.

Dr. James Burkholder, D.D.S., M.I.C.O.I.

Dr. James Burkholder is no longer taking new patients.

Dr. James Burkholder is a native Texan, and has practiced dentistry in the Rio Grande Valley since 1981.  He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981, and has taken many post-graduate courses in adult restorative prosthodontics. He promotes the philosophy of the Pankey Institute upholding that each patient deserves to be presented with the best treatment that will help them keep their teeth for a lifetime in maximum comfort and esthetics.  One of Dr. Burkholder's main interests is restoring missing teeth with dental implants. Since 1986, he has been helping patients by using dental implants to enable them to smile, chew, and feel young again. He attends many post-graduate courses yearly to keep up to date with the new technology of dental implants. Recently, Dr. Burkholder was awarded Mastership status with the International Congress of Oral Implantology where he is only one of eight dentists in Texas with this award. The I.C.O.I. offers training yearly to educate implant dentists with the latest research on dental implantology.

Dr. Burkholder is past president of the Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society.  He is also an active member in the Academy of Osseointegration (implant society), and the Harlingen Rotary Club. He is married and has a son. Together they enjoy fishing, music, and traveling, and on his own, Dr. Burkholder is busy oil painting. He is also an advisor for the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Seattle Dental Study Club.

Dr. James Burkholder is also a graduate of the prestigous Misch Implant Institute of Temple University. This course of study encompasses all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment planning, and restoration of dental implant prosthodontics. He has also recently been selected by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Top Dentist In Texas.





Dental Hygienists

Our dental office is proud of our Dental Hygienists, Brenda Martinez,RDH and Ginny Fite, RDH.  Both of our hygienists are trained in preventive care, placing sealants on children's and adult's permanent teeth, dental implant maintenance, and oral hygiene instruction. They specialize in preventive care, so they can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.  Brenda and Ginny also have been trained in periodontal therapy, and can explain to you how periodontal disease starts, progresses, and can be healed.  They are gentle, and will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during your cleanings.  Call our office for your cleaning today! 956-428-5566

Brenda Martinez, RDH

Brenda has been with our team since June 2014 and is available to see patients Monday through Friday.  She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Texas State Technical College in May 2013 and is also Nitrous Oxide and Laser Therapy Certified.  Brenda enjoys spending her time off with family.  She is married and the proud mother of three daughters and one son.  She also enjoys being outdoors; whether its mowing the lawn or taking a stroll around the neighborhood.  


"I enjoy being an RDH and making sure patient's gums and teeth are in tip-top shape as well as educating each patient on how to maintain great oral hygiene.  I became an RDH because a person's smile is always the first thing I noticed when meeting someone new and I aspired to help create beautiful and healthy smiles.  I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because every patient has a face; they're not simply a number." - Brenda


Ginny Fite, RDH

Ginny has been with our team since February 2012 as a part time Registered Dental Hygienist. She is available to see patients each Wednesday and select Friday mornings.  Ginny has 34 years of experience in dental hygiene.  She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene and is also Nitrous Oxide Certified.  During her time off, Ginny loves to cook, travel, read, attend bible studies, and she is currently training for a triathlon.  Her husband of over 27 years is a retired Army Officer and teaches JROTC at Weslaco East High School.  They have 3 children; Sam, Jenna, and Kevin.  Sam and his wife Taylor have blessed Ginny and Shane with their first grandchild, Morgan Jean.  Jenna is a student and Kevin is part of the management team of Chick-Fil-A.  Ginny has several cats and a dog, Tami.



"I became an RDH because my dentists as a child, Dr. Pope, was so kind and I loved him.  When I was in the 5th grade, he suggested I become and RDH because I had "pretty teeth" and tooth good care of them.  I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because our doctors have a unique way of relating to their patients and staff.  I love the style of dentistry they practice with a high standard of excellence.  I feel as though I can grow here and I pray that I can help this practice grow and become one of the best in the valley." - Ginny




Front Office Coordinators

Our two front office coordinators will greet you and make sure that your appointments accommodate your personal schedule. They will also be at your service to explain and facilitate financial arrangements.

Jean Cook

Jean has been with our practice since May 2015.  She began her career in the dental field in 1990 at Dyess Air Force Base and has 27 years of experience.  Jean is a wife and proud mother of three children and grandmother to two granddaughters.  She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family.

"I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because I enjoy meeting new people and enjoy the personalized care each patient receives." - Jean

Brean Bridge

Brean has been with our team since March 2017.  She has over two years of experience in dental billing and coding.  She is the mother to a beautiful seven year old daughter who enjoys basketball, CCD, and dance.  During her time off, Brean likes to work out, coach her daughter's basketball team, and watch Cowboys, Spurs, and Rangers games. 


"I enjoy my job because I like dealing with finances, the patient care aspect of the dental field and explaining individualized treatment plans.  I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because of the friendly, welcoming staff and comprehensive, compassionate patient care." - Brean




Dental Assistants

Helping the Doctors with your dental care are three dental assistants. They will accompany you through the treatment to make sure you are comfortable, and that your questions are answered.

Jennifer Torres, RDA

Jennifer has been with our team since March 2008.  She became an Registered Dental Assistant in 2003 after becoming intrigued with the dental field while undergoing orthodontic treatment.  She worked in Florida with her general dentist until she moved back to Texas.  She is also Nitrous Oxide and X-ray Certified.  She is married and the mother to three handsome men and grandma to a beautiful baby girl.  She loves spending time at the beach with her husband, sons, friends, and family.  She also enjoys attending country concerts and working out with her best friend.


"The nostalgic feeling of my Florida office when I walked in is what brought me to join the Ramos Boyd team." - Jennifer

Donna Olivarez, RDA, CDA

Donna has been with our team since September 2012.  She became a Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Dental Assistant in California in 1975.  She is also Nitrous Oxide and X-ray certified.  She was an instructor at Texas State Technical College from 2002 to 2010.  She has been married for 42 years and they have two sons.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren at the beach and watching movies and playing video games with them.  She loves to travel and explore new countries and make new friends.  Her favorite places to visit family and friends are Scotland and California. 


"I became a RDA/CDA at an early age because of my great dental experiences as a child.  I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because of the great reputation Dr. Burkholder and Dr. Ramos Boyd have in the community." - Donna

Elia Solis, RDA

Elia has been with Ramos Boyd Dentistry since November 2017. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and assists Dr. Ramos Boyd with treatment and patient education. After 15 years with Southwest Airlines; Elia chose to become an RDA in 2014 and has since completed the Dental Hygiene program at TSTC and is awaiting licensing board testing. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her 3 beautiful children at the beach and taking road trips with friends. She also enjoy fishing and attending her children’s sporting/cheer events.


“I chose Ramos Boyd Dentistry because I did my clinical rotations at this office and enjoyed the family like environment with patients and my coworkers.” - Elia