The Leo H. Rheam Foundation for Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics provides orthodontic care for individuals from low-income families in Kansas and Missouri who were born with cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies.  The foundation exists to advance the profession of cleft care through compassionate care and support for dentists through improved knowledge, skills and ability to provide the highest quality service to the public, integrating new knowledge into the practice of dentistry as it becomes available.

Our mission : changing lives, advancing the profession, supporting the community.

Our director : Dustin S. Burleson, DDS

Speciality : Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics


Board member : Amy E. Burleson, DDS
Speciality : Pediatric Dentistry








Board member : Robin L. Onikul, DDS

Speciality : Pediatric Dentistry


Board member : Johnna Fogal, RDH


Our story : Sgt. Leo H. Rheam, a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 25 years, dedicated his life to serving others.  At the young age of 12, his father passed away, leaving Leo the oldest of three children.  From that day forward, Leo would go to work in a butcher shop from 5am until school started and then return to work until the shop closed at 8pm.  He supported his brother and sister, eventually declining a football scholarship to Dusquene University in order to work and help pay for his brother’s college tuition.  His brother later became a very successful vice president of a large eastern grocery store chain and never forgot the selfless sacrifice Leo had made early in his life to help secure a bright future for his siblings.

Leo Rheam served in the US Navy during World War II and returned home to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper.  Everyone in Washington knew and loved Sgt. Rheam.  He was very active in the State Troopers’ program for under privileged children, working with these kids throughout the year and taking them on special summer trips to the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games.  Giving his own time and resources, he started the pee-wee football league in Canonsburg and was the head coach for St. Patrick’s school for 25 years.  He was the father of two sons and one daughter.  He had 8 grandchildren (one of whom is Dr. Burleson) and is survived by his wife, Lois, children Gary, Pat and Judie and grandchildren Ryan, Aaron, Dustin, Eric, Doug, Kristen, Nolan and Patrick.

Through a life of service to others, Leo Rheam set an example for his children, grandchildren and all those who knew him.  It is through our great admiration for Leo’s selfless sacrifice to those in need that we formed the Leo H. Rheam Foundation for Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics.