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 was voted “Best Dentist in Rowan County” and presented with the
ROCO GOLD Award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019!
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 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 (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.
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.
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 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.
Sr. Patient Coordinator
Assistant Manager/ Business Team
Sarah joined our practice in 2016 as a part time employee to assist the busy front office. Although new to the world of dentistry, Sarah quickly became a leader in ideas and efficiency for the business office and is now our Sr. Patient Coordinator and Social Media Assistant. Sarah is happy to answer your questions about appointment scheduling, insurance details and payment options.
Sarah is the proud mother of two children, a son and a daughter, and enjoys fishing, hiking and anything outdoors.