Our Team of Dental Professionals

 

Don Fortner, D.M.D.

 

 

Dr. Fortner believes that the Dr-Patient relationship is more than just the time together during the dental appointment.  He credits his success in Salisbury to long term patient relationships, trust, compassion and working together for an improved dental health plan.  According to Dr. Fortner, “We're a dental family” and this commitment is visible to his dental team and patients alike.

 

Dr. Fortner was born in Charlotte, NC, but spent his childhood in Ennis, Texas (outside of Dallas).   He attended undergrad at Baylor University and then received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from The Medical  University of South Carolina.  

 

His relationship with his cousin, a dentist in South Carolina, influenced his interest in dentistry at an early age.  He was fascinated with dentistry at that time and his cousin's ability to help people.

 

After graduating M.U.S.C.,Dr. Fortner started his dental career as an Associate Dentist in Monroe, NC.  In 1992, Dr. Fortner came to Salisbury and purchased the practice of Dr. Bobby Lomax, which was establised in 1962.  Dr. Lomax was a mentor to Dr. Fortner, both clinically and also in the art of the patient relationship.  They were the perfect dental team, not just for the original one year they planned to work together, but for over 20 years!

 

Dr. Fortner is a long standing member of the NC Dental Society, Rowan County Dental Society and the American Dental Association.  He believes in supporting this wonderful community and has been a Board Member for Rowan Helping Ministries, Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary and has also served on various committees at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 

 

Dr. Fortner has always incorporated the latest technology into his dental practice. In 2003, he began using CEREC one visit crown technology and has upgraded the system several times to offer his patients the latest features of CEREC technology.  Other advances in technology offered at the practice include digital radiography, 3D imaging, soft tissue laser and digital impression capabilities. 

 

When Dr. Fortner isn’t practicing dentistry, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bethany, scuba diving and

attending car shows.  

 

Dr. Fortner and his team were voted “Best Dentist in Rowan County” and presented with the

ROCO GOLD Award in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021!

 

 

Zachary C. Williams, DMD

Dr. Williams grew up in Bessemer City, NC and obtained his bachelor and master degrees in medical sciences prior to pursuing his doctor of dental medicine degree at the School of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University. Dr. Williams enjoys all areas of dentistry, especially the newest treatment available in the areas of dental surgery and implant placement. Like Dr. Fortner, Dr. Williams is trained in the advanced technology available at the practice (Cerec, 3D Imaging, Solea laser) for diagnosis, treatment and patient comfort. 

 

Dr. Williams gives credit to his father for his initial desire to become a Dentist.  He watched his father run his own business for over 30 years and states that his father inspired him to work hard to leave a positive imprint on the world.  

 

Dr. Williams has an energetic, positive and compassionate personality.  He immediately won over our dental team and has created an added level of excitement and passion for what we do each day for our patients.  He is driven to provide superior dental treatment, reduce dental anxiety and create a unique dental experience for all of his patients. 

 

When not at the office creating smiles, Dr. Williams enjoys the best of life with his wife Lindsay, and dog, Layla, playing golf and traveling.  His wife Lindsay is an entrepreneur, owning and operating her own professional makeup business.   

 

Dr. Williams states that he is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Don Fortner, DMD dental family

and that the community of Rowan County has already made him feel very welcome.

 

Bethany, Practice Manager

Bethany is responsible for the day to day operations of the practice, balancing her time between business operations, being part of the unique patient experience and actively supporting her team in areas of training and growth.  

Bethany graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and previously worked in the field of medical health insurance, in Claims, Underwriting and Management, prior to accepting the position at Don Fortner, DMD.  Bethany receives positive energy from working with the amazing patient base, seeing her employees grow and helping Dr. Fortner and Dr. Williams run the practice efficiently.  

 

When not finding ways to make work more fun, Bethany enjoys traveling, knitting and scuba diving. 

 

Dental Assistants

 

Mandy, CDA 

Assistant Manager/ Clinical Team

Mandy has assisted Dr. Fortner in treating his patients for over 20 years.  She is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of Dr. Fortner's treatment, technology and dental supplies.  Mandy has a great relationship with her patients and values this as one of the favorite aspects of her job.  As Dr. Fortner's assistant, she has a way of making even the most nervous patient feel calm and relaxed during treatment. 

She has been married for over 30 years and has two handsome sons.  Mandy enjoys spending time with her family and scrapbooking their adventures!

 

 

 

Misty, DAII

Misty has been assisting Dr. Fortner since 2013.  Misty enjoys helping Dr. Fortner transform smiles, reduce patient pain and calm the nervous child (or adult) during dental treatment.  Her bright personality and joy for dentistry shows with every patient she encounters.  She will become your dental friend after you meet her for the first time!

Misty enjoys spending her free time with her husband, son and extended family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makayla, DAII

  Makayla (Mak) graduated from the RCCC Dental Assisting Program in 2019 and joined the practice to get the best experience in patient care, customer service and teamwork!  Her passion for dentistry was sparked by her mother, who also works in the dental field.  Mak gets a lot of positive energy by working with her patients and meeting new people every day.

 Mak is a "dog mom" to her poodle, Oliver Joe, and she enjoys spending time at the beach and watching Alabama football.  

 

 

 

Mallorie, CDA

 

Mallorie graduated from Wake Techical Community College in 2021 and obtained her Certified Dental Assistant certification from the National Board the same year.  She started at Don Fortner, DMD shortly after Dr. Williams joined our dental team!  Mallorie has a compassionate and sweet personality and is driven to expand her training in dental assisting.  She quickly became a close part of our dental family by helping wherever needed and joining in the fun! 

 

Mallorie is happy to be back in Salisbury, her hometown, and enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dental Hygienists

 

Annaig, RDH

Annaig has been working with Dr. Fortner for over 17 years, first as a Dental Assistant and now as a Dental Hygienist.  Due to her years with the practice and her shining personality, Annaig has a true following of patients that continue to keep her very busy.  She enjoys treating and educating her patients, as well as, having a general good time during the hygiene visit.  Annaig feels that one of the most rewarding parts of her job is the relationship she builds with her patients.

Annaig is married to her high school sweetheart and together they are raising two sons.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bekah, RDH

 Following in her mother's footsteps, Bekah has wanted to be a hygienist since she was 13 years old.  Bekah has been an active dental hygienist since 2007.  She enjoys making connections with her patients and building trust in an effort to provide education and preventive care.  She cares deeply about her patients and wants to assist in helping to assure they have overall good health. 

Bekah has been married since 2003 to a former Marine and has one daughter.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is always looking for fun ways to stay active.

 

 

 




Whitney, RDH

Whitney has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2014 and joined our hygiene team in 2019.  Whitney truly enjoys educating patients, especially on the connection between dental health and overall health.  Her patients appreciate her compassion, thoroughness and sweet personality. 

Outside of the office, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs and also practicing the art of Jiu Jitsu. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Office 

 

 

 

Brittany, Patient Coordinator 

 

Brittany previously worked with our dental team for over 5 years as a Patient Coordinator and quickly learned our patients' preferences for appointment times, hygienists and additional needs prior to their dental visits.  She was an expert at multitasking and managing the Dr. and Hygiene schedule. When she was ready to get back into the work force, she contacted us and we were thrilled at the opportunity to have her back on our team.  Brittany helps our patients feel welcome, respected and excited about their dental treatment! 

 

When not helping our patients smile at check out, Brittany enjoys being with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors and celebrating life!

 

     

 

       

  

 

 

Becky, Patient Coordinator 

Becky joined our dental team in 2021, with several years of experience working in a General Practice office. Becky is highly knowledgable in dental insurance benefits, treatment options and scheduling efficiency.  She also provides the high level of customer service that our patients enjoy.  Becky quickly became part of our dental family due to her friendliness and outgoing nature and she looks forward to getting to know all of our patients. 

 

In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her children and traveling with her husband.