Dr. Elms graduated as valedictorian from Kilgore High School. He attended Texas A&M University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in zoology and graduated cum laude in 1986.
He enrolled at Baylor College of Dentistry, and graduated in the top 5% of his class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Remaining at Baylor, Dr. Elms completed an orthodontic certificate and a Master of Science from Baylor College of Orthodontics.
Dr. Elms was honored numerous times for his scholastic achievements, including induction into several honor societies and honor fraternities. He received the American Association of Orthodontists’ Outstanding Student Award.