Dr. Bates is a native of Columbus, Ohio and attended St. Charles Preparatory High School. Upon his graduation, he attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dr. Bates continued his education at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee in which he earned a Health Professions Scholarship from the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USAF dental corps. Dr. Bates graduated from Meharry Medical College with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After his graduation, Dr. Bates became a Captain in the United States Air Force and completed post-doctoral training in Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the residency, Dr. Bates received advanced training in all aspects of dentistry to include IV conscious sedation, Oral surgery training, endodontic training, prosthodontic training and dental forensic training.
He then honorably served at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama as a dentist for an additional three years serving all branches of service. Dr. Bates then moved back to the Columbus, Ohio area where he has practiced since 2005. Dr. Bates completed an implant residency, is an active member of the American Dental Association, and enjoys all aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Bates is married to Shonna Bates and has two children Aleigha 21 and Journey 3. They are residing in the Venice area and are looking forward to becoming active members of our community.
A native Floridian, Dr. Rachel Courson grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. After high school, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she earned her Associate of Science degree. Dr. Courson went on to further her studies in Flagstaff, Arizona where she graduated with her Bachelors in Biomedical Science with honors from Northern Arizona University. She then successfully completed her studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
Dr. Courson can confidently provide comprehensive care including cosmetic dentistry, extractions, dentures, and other restorative procedures. She and her experienced team take pride in providing patients with the information necessary to make the best decisions regarding their dental health. A continual learner, Dr. Courson is passionate about keeping current with the latest in dental technology and new techniques in dentistry. She is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association. Dr. Courson hopes to help each of her patients achieve optimized oral health and overall wellbeing by providing individualized treatment in a nonjudgmental, comfortable, and professional setting.
After hours, Dr. Courson can be found hanging out at the beach, riding her jet skis, and finding ways to stay active in the community. She currently resides in Venice with her boyfriend, two dogs, and two cats. "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou
We take customer service to the next level. Our constant goal is to create an all-around positive dental experience and we make that possible by paying attention to the details of your care. From the front desk to the treatment chair, we will be helpful, attentive and focused on you.
We are dedicated to delivering high-quality results. We especially enjoy it when patients are satisfied with our work for them, which is why we strive to perform to the best of our abilities every day. You will be in excellent hands here.
We take our time with patients, getting to know them personally, so we can provide dental care that is customized to each person's unique needs and desires. We truly care about you as an individual, and it shows.
Our goal is to build an open relationship with our patients, and listening is key. We will listen closely to your needs and concerns and answer any questions you might have. Together we will be able to make informed, confident decisions regarding your dental care.
Our inviting reception area, complimentary bottled water and coffee, and our caring team who will greet you upon arrival are just a few of the wonderful things we have at our practice that will help you feel at home. Right away you'll notice that we do our best to ensure you are well-cared for and comfortable.
We utilize the latest dental technology at our practice. Our technologies include digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, a CBCT scanner and a 3ShapeTrios scanner, to name a few. These technologies help lessen your time in the treatment chair, improve your care and allow us to deliver exceptional results.