Doctors

Dr. Nick J. Savastano

Dr. Nick SavastanoDr. Nick J. Savastano has been setting the highest standards of excellence in orthodontic care since 2003. After graduating from Winthrop University in 1996 cum laude, he attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he received his dental degree graduating #3 in his class with high honors. During his senior year, Dr. Savastano completed an advanced education honors program in orthodontics. Also, while at the University of Florida he was honored with the Stephen D. Keeling Research of Excellence award.

After graduating from dental school, Dr. Savastano completed his orthodontic residency and earned a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology from Ohio State University, one of the top orthodontic schools in the country. During his orthodontic training, Dr. Savastano performed research on the validation of orthodontic outcomes, which has been published in The American Journal of Orthodontics.

An esteemed member of the dental and orthodontic community, Dr. Savastano stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in his field by maintaining memberships with many professional organizations such as the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. Additionally, he was a member of the Cleft Lip & Palate Craniofacial Team in central Florida over the last 15 years. Dr. Savastano has over 15 years of experience in private practice and has treated over 500 Invisalign cases in that time and recently moved back to his home state of South Carolina. Dr. Savastano and his wife Jennifer have four beautiful children and they both enjoy fitness, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Locations: West Ashley & St. George

Dr. Justin Garrett

Dr. Justin Garrett currently services our Mount Pleasant office. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate work, where he was a history major.

After moving to Charleston in 2003, he decided to pursue orthodontics and studied science at the College of Charleston before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from dental school at the top of his class, he attended Saint Louis University where he won the Resident Case Display, which is the top nationwide award granted by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Location: Mount Pleasant

Dr. Lavonne Fore

Dr. Lavonne ForeDr. Lavonne Fore joined Charleston Orthodontic Specialists after selling her practice in Rome, Georgia and relocating to her husband’s hometown of Charleston. She brings over 27 years of orthodontic experience and produces board quality results for her patients.

Dr. Fore received her BS in dental hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia. Her orthodontic residency was completed at St. Louis University, where she earned a Master of Science in Dentistry (Orthodontics).

While in school, Dr. Fore received several honors, including the Clinical Dentistry Award, Woman Dentist Award, Oral Pathology Award, and Academic Achievement Award.

She is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the Amercian Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.

In addition to her professional service to her patients, Dr. Fore enjoys serving her community by sitting on numerous boards and being active in her church. Fore Orthodontics also won the Heart of the Community Award of Honor under her guidance.

Locations: James Island & Mount Pleasant

Dr. Vivek Patel
Dr. Vivek Patel is an orthodontist in Charleston and Summerville

Dr. Vivek Patel was born in Chicago and raised in Skokie, IL. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). While in school, he served as as a board member of his graduating class and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).

After dental school, Dr. Patel completed his orthodontic specialty residency at the Seton Hill University Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, where he obtained a Master of Science degree and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Patel is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is involved with many professional associations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and South Carolina Dental Association.

When not in the office, Dr. Patel enjoys spending family time with his wife, Krupa, who is a native of the metro Detroit area. They both enjoy traveling and finding good eats. Dr. Patel is a huge sports fan and is a proud supporter of all Chicago teams, especially the Chicago Cubs.

Locations: Summerville & St. George

 Dr. Steve Garrett
Dr. Steve Garrett is an orthodontist in Mount Pleasant

Dr. Steve Garrett has been delivering the highest standard of orthodontic care since 1979. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry with a residency in orthodontics and is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. He is passionate about his patients and is committed to giving each patient the best possible orthodontic experience.

Dr. Garrett constantly aspires to stay on the cutting edge of technology within the orthodontic field to bring his patients the most comfortable and effective treatment options.

He and his wife, Susie, have three children, Justin, Anne, and Mykenzie, and one precious granddaughter, Autumn. Dr. Justin Garrett followed in his father’s footsteps and is an orthodontist practicing in Charleston, South Carolina. Anne is a registered dental hygienist and practices in Northern VA. Dr. Mykenzie Garrett is a physical therapist.

Dr. Garrett is a black belt in Kenpo Karate and has taught martial arts in his free time. He has also served as Chairman of the Boy Scouts Eagle Board. He and Susie enjoy shoot sports, golf, tennis, and traveling with family and friends.

Locations: Mount Pleasant

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