About Us:

Welcome to Orthodontic Specialists, office of Drs. Welch, Bonds and Patton, conveniently located in Florence and Hartsville, South Carolina. Drs. Charles Welch, Philip Bonds and Erin Patton are proud to offer outstanding orthodontic care for the entire family in a clean, relaxing atmosphere. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment to meet the needs and desires of each individual patient.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Bonds is a 1984 graduate of Wofford College, receiving the distinction of being elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Bonds was named the First Honor Graduate of the Class of 1988 in recognition of achieving the highest grade point average, and he was elected to membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. Following dental school, Dr. Bonds completed his post-graduate orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville in 1990, where he also earned a Master’s of Science degree in Oral Biology. His graduate research work was published in the journal, The Angle Orthodontist.

Professionally, Dr. Bonds is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, and he is a Past-President of the Florence County Dental Society. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and is a Past President of the South Carolina Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Bonds has been recognized by his peers through election to the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Bonds is a member of Central United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Honor, reside in Florence and are the parents of Benjamin and Emily. In his free time, Dr. Bonds enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors.

After graduation from The Citadel, Dr. Welch received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in orthodontics at West Virginia University, where he earned his Master’s of Science in Biology. His graduate orthodontic research was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics, a high honor. Dr. Welch began private practice in dentistry in 1975 and established the specialty practice of orthodontics in 1980. He is a member and past-president of the South Carolina Association of Orthodontists, an active member of the American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association and the Florence County Dental Study Club.

Dr. Erin Brophey Patton graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She then moved to Charleston and earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After dental school, Dr. Patton pursued her passion with orthodontics by completing a three year postgraduate orthodontic residency at MUSC where she received her masters degree in science of dentistry and her orthodontic certificate. Following residency, she practiced for five years in Charleston before moving to Florence and joining with Drs. Welch and Bonds. She is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society
(OKU), the American Association of Orthodontics (AOO), American Dental Association (ADA), South Carolina Association of Orthodontics (SCAO), and several state and local dental associations.

Dr. Patton and her husband, Will, reside in Florence and enjoy traveling and spending time with their two dogs.

Meet Our Staff

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Hello!!!!! I have been a team member since 1991. That's right 21 years ago & most days I love it . I enjoy working with our wonderful staff and patients & seeing the beautiful smiles that we help create.I grew up in South Carolina and live in Lamar with my husband Nat and son Caleb.I enjoy spending time with my family,gardening and volunteering at Caleb's school. My proudest moment was the birth of my sweet boy Caleb!
God is good!

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Hey! I'm Wanda "Treatment Coordinator" and I have been a team member of Drs. Welch & Bonds for 27 years. I enjoy meeting people and love all the team I work with.

I am married to Bill and have two grown sons and a beautiful granddaughter. My baby at home now has four legs (Lucy). We enjoy riding motorcycles , camping, and relaxing in the mountains.

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I'm Kellie "Clinical Coordinator" and have been with Drs. Welch & Bonds since 1998. I love working with this team as they are my family away from home. I also enjoy watching our patients grow and become little adults.

I am happily married to Brad and we are blessed to have three great children, Kyle, MacKenzie and Kaiden. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching the kids in their different activities.

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Hi! I'm Teresa and I joined the Welch and Bonds team in 1996. It's a joy working with my fellow team members and serving our patients. You'll find me " most of the time" in the lab working on models and patient records.

My husband Wayne and I have two grown children and two crazy dogs. We enjoy going to Charleston to visit with family.

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