Dr. Frank Burrell was born and raised in northern California. He attended local schools there and graduated from U. C. Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1971. He graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1975 and practiced general dentistry for 3 years in northern California. In 1978 he moved back to southern California and restricted his practice to Orthodontics. He was and associate doctor in a large orthodontic practice for 7 years and then a partner in the same practice for 7 more years.