Dr. Welton was born in Fresno, California where he lived until 1984 when he left to attend Brigham Young University for his pre-dental education. He completed his studies at BYU in 1990, with a two year hiatus to serve as a missionary in Chile, graduating with a BS in Zoology.
Dr. Welton earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at The Medical College of Virginia, School of Dentistry, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1994. He received numerous honors/awards for outstanding scholastic and clinical achievements in dentistry including the A. D. Williams Scholarship and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Restorative Dentistry. Nationally he is honored as an inductee to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Welton received his orthodontic specialty training at MCV which he completed in 1996.