Dr. Fortman grew up in suburban Kansas City, Missouri where he attended The University of Missouri-Columbia for his undergraduate studies and The University of Missouri-Kansas City-School of Dentistry for his pre-doctoral training. He started his general practice in 1996 and after five years was chosen to join a three-year post-graduate residency by Louisiana State University’s Endodontic Department in New Orleans. Upon completion in 2004 Dr. Fortman, his wife and their two sons moved to Santa Rosa to begin their lives in California and start his private endodontic practice. He took the reins from the first endodontists in Santa Rosa and never looked back. “This is a great city in which to live and work. I feel fortunate that the people in this community have accepted me so graciously.”
Dr. Fortman continues to stay at the forefront of his profession with his main passions being retreatment of failed root canals and pain control. He is often heard saying, “A root canal should be boring. If you are bored then it didn’t hurt and everything went as planned!” Dr. Fortman is a member of The Redwood Empire Dental Society, The California Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The California State Association of Endodontists and The American Association of Endodontists.
Dr. Fortman spends much of his personal time mountain biking with his sons, coaching their baseball teams, supporting school functions and relaxing with his wife Kelly.