Dr. Sara Burke is a Michigan native. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree specializing in photography, and a Minor Degree in Women, Race, and Ethnicity. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she participated in multiple Women’s Health classes, which prompted her to attend medical school. She went on to complete her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, knowing that she planned to pursue OBGYN as a specialty.
She completed her residency training at Garden City Hospital, in Garden City Michigan. Her training site partnered with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, and she is grateful to have been taught and mentored by many of the physicians at APRH.
During her residency, Dr. Burke became aware of the low breastfeeding rates at Garden City Hospital and initiated a Quality Improvement Project to overhaul the Lactation Education provided on her Labor and Delivery Unit. Dr. Burke presented her project at the 2020 Michigan State University George W. Russian DO Memorial Research Day and was the First Place Award Recipient. She continues to be a breastfeeding resource and advocate. While in residency, Dr. Burke also spearheaded a Patient Safety Project: Improving Management of Post-Partum Hemorrhage in a Community Hospital.
Dr. Burke has a special interest in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), particularly during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body undergoes multiple structural changes to accommodate a growing baby, and OMM can be used to optimize health and comfort during this time.
Dr. Burke is married with two young children. In her spare time, she loves traveling to the Upper Peninsula with her family, and she continues to be interested in traditional darkroom photography.