Dr. Burnett is originally from North Vernon and graduated from Jennings County High School in 1974. He attended Indiana University and received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1980. He began to practice in North Vernon in January 1981. Dr. Burnett is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA). He is a member of the Indiana Optometric Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent Jennings Hospital and is a courtesy staff member there. Dr. Burnett is actively involved in the community and is a member of the North Vernon Rotary Club. He resides in North Vernon with his wife Beth, daughters Laura and Marianne and son David.