Southfield & Lathrup Village, MI Dentist

Meet Our Dental Staff in Southfield & Lathrup Village

- Our Mission Statement-

Our dental team is dedicated to giving our patients personilized comprehensive care delivered by knowledgable and friendly staff. We will ensure you feel welcomed into a compassionate and professional environment.

We provide state of the art dentistry and genuine concern for the most important members of our dental family, YOU our patients.

Dr. Raymond A. Fortson Jr.

Dentist in Southfield & Lathrup Village

Fortson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Raymond FortsonDr. Raymond A. Fortson Jr. has been practicing dentistry in the city of Southfield for over 25 years. He is a licensed dentist in Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Michigan. He earned his degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan in 1985. He also graduated from the Michael Schnitzer Center for professional development. Dr. Raymond A. Fortson is an active member of the following organizations:- American Dental Association- Michigan Dental Association- Oakland County Dental Society

Dr. Raymond A. Fortson's family has also been involved in the dental profession for numerous years. His father is a retired orthodontist, his brother is a current dentist in Florida, and his sister is a dental hygienist. Dr. Fortson is happily married and a proud father of 2 sons. His eldest son Dr. Cory Fortson has chosen to follow in his footsteps and is a dentist at our Lathrup Village location.

Prior to becoming a dentist Dr. Fortson was and is presently a licensed pilot. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, water skiing, winter sports, and flying.


Dr. Marlowe Tanafranca

Dentist in Southfield & Lathrup Village

Fortson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Marlowe TanafrancaDr. Marlowe Tanafranca has been practicing dentistry in the Metropolitan Detroit area for over 15 years.  Dr. Tanafranca graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a degree in biology. He received his degree in dentistry from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1997. He received further training by completing an optional residency in dentistry from the Medical College of Ohio in 1998.

In order to provide the highest quality dentistry to his patients, Dr. Tanafranca maintains active membership in the following dental organizations:

- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Oakland County Dental Society
- Southeast Oakland Study Club

Dr. Marlowe Tanafranca has also trained with established cosmetic and general dentists from Warren to Birmingham to Southfield.

Dr. Tanafranca has been married to his wife Jeanette, for 15 years. They have two sons and a daughter. In his spare time Dr. Tanafranca plays volleyball, hockey, and enjoys kayaking and long board skateboarding.


Dr. Cory Fortson

Dentist in Southfield & Lathrup Village
Fortson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Cory Fortson is a 2014 graduate of The University of Detroit Dental School and a third generation dentist who is proudly providing excellent dental care to the communities of Lathrup Village and Southfield.  He has joined the practice his father began 30 years ago and has quickly become a valuable member of our team and loved by our patients. 

Always striving to create a comfortable atmosphere while transforming smiles, Dr. Cory has taken extensive continuing education courses in orthodontics (braces and invisalign), endodontics (root canal therapy), and cosmetic dentistry.  His goal is to take the stress out of dental visits by meeting all of your dental needs with the most up to date painless treatment options that create and maintain a beautiful smile.

When Dr. Cory is not busy improving smiles he enjoys snow and water skiing, golfing and spending time with his brother who has special needs.  He is also an active member of the Michigan Dental Association, the Oakland County Dental Society and the Lion’s Club.


Dr. James Kohler 

Dentist in Southfield & Lathrup Village

Fortson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. James Kohler graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1968.  After graduation he served in the Army during the Vietnam War.  During his tour he flew helicopter gunships for one year then served in the Air Defense Artillery until 1974.  In 1974 he resigned his Army commission to attend the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry and graduated in 1978. 

Dr. Kohler has been in private practice serving the Southfield community since 1978.  He was also an instructor in the comprehensive care clinic at the University of Michigan dental school from 1991-2008. Since March of 2015 we have been very fortunate to have Dr. Kohler enhance our practice by bringing his excellence and experience to Fortson Family Dentistry.






Meet Our Team

Our professional team of dental hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff are highly trained and capable of providing an exceptional dental experience. We provide the highest quality dental care in a relaxed, comfortable, and safe enviornment. We believe in providing a supportive and safe work enviornment in order to ensure the ongoing success of our patients' overall health and well being. Our team has obtained long lasting relationships with our patients because of our commitment to provide them with only the best dental healthcare.


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