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Douglass Family Dentistry was started by James D. Douglass Sr, DDS (1904-1988) who practiced dentistry for 50 years at Person Street in Fayetteville, NC.  James D. Douglass Sr. was among the first black dentists in Fayetteville and a respected community leader.  In 1985, our legacy practice was handed down to James D Douglass Jr and now to James D Douglass III.  Joining our practice since 2012 is Fayetteville native, Naomi Kerr, DDS

Joy Douglass-Slankard

Joy D Douglass-Slankard graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She entered North Carolina Central University where she graduated with a major in art. After which she recieved her Associates Degree in Dental Lab Technology from Durham Technical Community College.

Bernice Hodges Douglass

Dr. James and Bernice Douglass who have been married for 48 years, have 6 children and 9 grandchildren. Dr. Douglass Jr. loves golf and Mrs. Douglass loves reading. They returned to Fayetteville in 1985 to take over the practice of his father, Dr. James D. Douglass Sr. D. D.S.

James Douglass III

Dr. James D. Douglass III is the son of Dr. James D. Douglass Jr. He graduated from Huron high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1981. He finished Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in 1988. Afterwards he entered graduate school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated in 1992.



    Continuing with his family's history of dental care in Fayetteville, Dr. Douglass III joined Douglass Family Dentistry after the office was moved to 101 Wall St in 2000.  After attending Hampton and Howard Universities, he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1994-2000.  During his time in the service he practiced as a dentist in Paris Island, South Carolina and Okinawa, Japan.  


    Dr Kerr joined the Douglass Dentistry family in January 2012.  She graduated from Howard University in 1986 and after interning at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she returned to Howard University for the next 11 years as professor of Endodontics.  Since 2004 she has been in private practice.

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