About Us

At Southern Village Orthodontics our mission is to give you a great smile and the best experience. We make every decision with the highest level of integrity knowing that our success depends on serving you best.

Meet the Doctor


Dr. Rick Uhlir, DDS, MS

Hello, I am Dr. Rick Uhlir, owner and orthodontist at Southern Village Orthodontics. My wife, August, and I live in Southern Village with our two children, Eden and River. As a family, we are all really proud of our practice and we all contribute in some form or fashion. As a long-time resident of Southern Village and Chapel Hill, I am invested in this community from more than just a business standpoint. You are not just a patient or customer - you are my neighbor, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve you! I want to give you the best smile and the best experience along the way. I make every decision with the highest level of integrity knowing that my success depends on you.

I studied Applied Sciences and have a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill. Later, I continued my studies in General Dentistry and Orthodontics, also at UNC Chapel Hill. I started my career as a Biomedical Engineer before embarking on the path of orthodontics. I am a member of the Spears Study Club where I enjoy seeking new opportunities to expand on my skills and knowledge in orthodontics. My philosophy is that there is never a time without opportunity for growth and improvement. Despite my years of experience, I consider myself a lifetime learner who is always seeking to bring a higher level of skill, service, and personal self improvement to every area of my life. I bring those principles to my team and into my practice daily.


August Wells

Practice Administrator


Amy Ladd

Treatment Coordinator


Kristy McVey

Reception, Clinical Assistant


Celia Ojeda

Clinical Assistant



Clinical Assistant

Welcome to your new orthodontic home! We have taken great pains to make sure every aspect of your experience with us is great, from the first phone call with our friendly capable staff, to our exceptionally comfortable reception area, to the best possible treatment outcomes! Come for a free consultation to see for yourself!

We love our patients! Many of you have been with us through the transition to our newly built office and have seen all the exciting improvements we made along the way! Thank you for being our patient!

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that corrects dental and jaw irregularities to promote oral health. Aligned teeth are more resistant to decay and gum disease because they are easier to clean. See what services can benefit you!