Dental Care Professionals Richmond VA | Bates Orthodontics

Dr. Sheldon Bates, DMD

Orthodontist

Dr. Bates is a native of South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Wofford College. He later attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his DMD degree with high honors and was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental society.

Dr. Bates received his Master’s Degree and Specialty Certificate in orthodontics from Virginia Commonwealth University. During his residency, Dr. Bates fell in love with his wife, Taylor, and together they decided to make Richmond their home. They’re active members of the Richmond community and Redemption Hill Church and love supporting local nonprofits, businesses, artists, and the cultural wealth Richmond offers. Dr. Bates is also a current faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry and Orthodontics.

In their free time, the Bateses can be found exploring Virginia and enjoying time with their daughters, Elliott and Collins and pup, Scout. Dr. Bates enjoys working in his yard and will always root for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Nebraska Cornhuskers. And we’ve heard he’s up to 72 bow ties in his collection, so you’ll be sure to see him sporting one when you visit the office!

Dr. Sheldon Bates, DMD

Orthodontist

Dr. Bates is a native of South Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Wofford College. He later attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his DMD degree with high honors and was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental society.

Dr. Bates received his Master’s Degree and Specialty Certificate in orthodontics from Virginia Commonwealth University. During his residency, Dr. Bates fell in love with his wife, Taylor, and together they decided to make Richmond their home. They’re active members of the Richmond community and Redemption Hill Church and love supporting local nonprofits, businesses, artists, and the cultural wealth Richmond offers. Dr. Bates is also a current faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry and Orthodontics.

In their free time, the Bateses can be found exploring Virginia and enjoying time with their daughters, Elliott and Collins and pup, Scout. Dr. Bates enjoys working in his yard and will always root for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Nebraska Cornhuskers. And we’ve heard he’s up to 72 bow ties in his collection, so you’ll be sure to see him sporting one when you visit the office!

Meet the Team

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Taylor Bates

Managing Director

Taylor is a marketing and certified nonprofit professional with a broad range of experience in hospitality, financial service, and

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nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining our team, Taylor served as the Membership Director at The Country Club of Virginia and as a Brand Manager at Capital One. As the Managing Director at our office she oversees all marketing and supervises the Official Office Mascot, Scout. When not working at the orthodontic office, Taylor owns and operates her photography and graphic design business, Taylor Bates Creative. She too enjoys spending time with her husband (did you catch she is married to Dr. Bates?) and their daughters.

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Nicole Thomas

Financial Coordinator

Nicole was born in Lynchburg, lived all over the southeast US, and eventually landed in Midlothian. Her professional experience is diverse,

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too—before coming to our office she taught gymnastics for eight years, worked for Wells Fargo, and attended nursing school. She loves meeting new people, developing relationships, and discovering the unique stories of our patient family. When she’s not in the office, she spends her time trying to keep up with her son, Deacon. She’s also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan!

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Sara Robinson

Orthodontic Assistant

Sara has worked in the orthodontic field for over 20 years. She is passionate about dental health and helping people develop their ideal smiles. She loves

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making our patients feel welcome and comfortable during their visits and will help answer any questions or concerns you may have during your treatment. Sara grew up in Chesterfield and now lives in Powhatan. She has been married for 26 years and has three children: Taylor, Peyton, and Jacob and one granddaughter, Carson. She enjoys spending her free time camping, kayaking, and being outside.

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Abby Fulgham

Treatment Coordinator

Abby was born and raised in Chesterfield. At age 16, she began her dental career with her own orthodontist and later received an

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Associate’s Degree of Science from Richard Bland College of William and Mary. Her passion for learning has allowed her to learn all different parts of an orthodontic office. She enjoys being able to explain the technical aspects of treatment and in her role as Treatment Coordinator she helps patients understand their treatment options. During her free time, Abby enjoys spending time with her husband, George, her son, Eric.

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Rachelle Martin

Lead Orthodontic Assistant

Rachelle moved to Richmond from Pennsylvania to further pursue a career in orthodontic assisting. She has nearly a decade of orthodontic assisting

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experience in both academic and private practice. Rachelle is artistic, loves to work with her hands, and enjoys improving smiles. Rachelle married her husband, Gabe, in 2017, and has a son named Chase. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys house projects and spoiling her dogs.

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Cortney Harris

Orthodontic Assistant

Cortney joined Bates Orthodontics in the summer of 2018. Her background in customer service really shines and it is evident that she enjoys making

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all patients feel comfortable in our office. When not at the office Cortney spends time with her daughter, Lyric, and fiance, Derek.

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Taniqua Jones

Orthodontic Assistant

Taniqua is a native of Brooklyn, New York but moved to Virginia when she was 9. She received her dental assisting degree from Fortis but

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choose to work in orthodontics because of love of kids. She has five siblings and loves spending time with her family and her pup, Millie. Taniqua also loves theatre and checking out rock bands with her boyfriend, Nathan.

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Jenny Cutright

Patient Coordinator

Jenny will be the first one to greet you on the phone or in the office! She learned the ins and outs of customer service through her time at

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American Family Fitness managing membership. Since joining our office, she has jumped right in and learned all about orthodontics and even serves as a backup Treatment Coordinator. Outside of the office, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband, JT, and daughter, Rylee.

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Scout

Therapy Dog

Scout is an English Springer Spaniel and our certified therapy dog. Scout is the first dog Dr. Bates has ever owned. Taylor, Dr. Bates’ wife,

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is third-generation English Springer Spaniel owner, and Scout is her fourth Springer. Scout’s parents are both AKC Grand Champions, and she comes from a lineage with a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show winner – which just means she is pretty. At the Bates’ home, she is likely to be found following around her sisters, Elliott and Collins, in hopes she can snag an extra treat.

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WE’RE SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU!

WE’RE SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU!