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Nicole Thomas

Nicole will most likely be the first voice you hear when you call our office (and more than likely after only one ring).  She was born in Lynchburg, lived all over the southeast and ultimately landed in Midlothian.  Before coming to our office, she attended nursing school, and worked at Wells Fargo.  Prior to that she taught gymnastics for 8 years.  Nicole loves meeting people, developing relationships, and discovering the unique stories of our family of patients.  We enjoy having someone so passionate about people working with us.


When she is not in the office she likes spending time with her two-year-old son Deacon, trying to keep up with him.  She is also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan! (We give her a hard time about it, too).

West End Office

3800 Stillman Pkwy, Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23233

3800 Stillman Parkway #101 Richmond, VA 23233

3800 Stillman Parkway #101  Richmond, VA 23233

Sara Robinson

As a new patient, you will most likely be meeting with Sara to welcome you to our practice and show you around. Sara has been in the orthodontic field for over 20 years.  She has a love and passion for helping people obtain their ideal smiles, and dental health.  She believes that every patient should be treated as one of her family. She will help answer any questions or concerns you may have during your appointment and treatment and loves making our patients feel welcome and comfortable during their visits.


Sara has been married for 22 years and has 3 children: Taylor (20), Peyton (15) and Jacob (12). She grew up in Chesterfield and now lives in Powhatan. She likes spending her time camping, kayaking and being outside.  She is a certified orthodontic assistant through the AAO and has her Lab and Invisalign certifications.  Sara's favorite part of Orthodontics is "getting to know the patients and watching as their confidence grows through a beautiful smile."


Mechanicsville Office

4025 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23223

4025 Mechanicsville Turnpike Richmond, VA 23223

4025 Mechanicsville Turnpike Richmond, VA 23223

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Catey Janney

Catey recently moved back to Richmond from Fredericksburg and joined our office shortly thereafter.  She has 8 years of orthodontic assisting experience.  She also completed a Dental Lab Technology program at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in 2008 and has brought her training to our lab.  Catey is very skilled and artistic, loves to work with her hands and loves watching smiles change over time. 


When Catey is not working to improve smiles, she loves to make and decorate cakes, and has taken completed the Wilton Courses.  She loves spending time with her Chihuahua "Chessie."  She was recently engaged to her boyfriend of 3 years, David, and is currently in the process of planning her wedding for February.



Rikki Freeman

Rikki has been a great addition to the Bates Orthodontics team!  She has been in orthodontics for nearly ten years.  You will most often see her in our Mechanicsville location and occasionally in the West End.