Dr. Cohlmia was born in Woodward, Oklahoma’s hospital and lived in Buffalo, Oklahoma for two years. His family moved to Wichita, Kansas where he completed his education through high school at Wichita West High School. His first semester of college was at Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas and the next three and a half years of college was at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. In 1970, he started dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. After dental school in 1974, he practiced general dentistry and was a Clinical Instructor at Baylor College of Dentistry in the Operative Department for two years. During the fall semester of 1976, Dr. Cohlmia started his Orthodontic graduate program at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. After completion of his graduate program, he started his private practice in East Richardson in the fall of 1978, where he is actively practicing.