Dentist in Cameron, NC
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
Laurence R. Mester Jr. DDS
Dr. Mester was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship by the United State Army to attend dental school and he graduated with a DDS degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 2004. He received several awards upon graduation including the Outstanding General Practicioner Award, and Divisional excellence in Oral Radiology Awards.
In June of 2004, Dr. Mester went on Active Duty in the Army. As the Chief of Operations for the 257th Medical Company (Dental Services), Captain Mester has deployed in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His ribbons include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Humantitarian Service Medal.
As a General Dentist, Dr. Mester has practiced dentistry Fayetteville and Spring Lake since 2005. From various crowns, bridges, molar root canals as well as implants and wisdom teeth extractions, Dr. Mester enjoys improving and maintaining every patient’s total oral health. He is dedicated in continuously practicing and improving his knowledge and mastery of the latest dental technologies, and providing a wide range of dentistry services to our community.
Marisol Lopez, DMD
Born in Stamford, CT, Dr. Marisol Lopez relocated to North Carolina with her family at the age of six. Proud of her Colombian heritage, Dr. Lopez is fluent in Spanish and immersed in Latin culture. She discovered her love for dentistry during a summer medical and dental education program at The University of Virginia. Her ability to integrate her artistic abilities with the human sciences allowed her to recognize how she can offer a positive impact on the lives of her community.
Dr. Lopez completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at East Carolina University and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lopez enjoys all facets of dentistry and dedicates herself to providing an optimal level of comprehensive dental care while treating each patient with the dignity and respect they deserve. Dr. Lopez is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Hispanic Dental Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Lopez enjoys traveling and being a proud dog mom to her 14-year old rescue schnauzer, Lily. In addition, Dr. Lopez loves to watch sports and is an avid fan of the New York Giants and her beloved Colombian International Soccer Team.
Dr. Lopez is excited to be joining the phenomenal team at Carolina Lakes Family Dental and looks forward to providing you and your family’s dental needs.
Dhwani Patel, DDS
Dr. Patel graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry International Dental Program and relocated to Raleigh, NC. Prior to studying at VCU, Dr. Patel received her first dental degree abroad in India from Dharmsinh Desai University in 2016. Dr. Patel has displayed a passion for her patient’s overall oral health care and it is displayed as she curates each treatment plan for individual patient needs. Dr. Patel selected dentistry as her career choice as she believes that dentistry is a combination of art and science. A balanced combination of Dr. Patel’s dental training and her own personal interest in nature and arts explains much of her dental success.
When Dr. Patel is not in the office, she enjoys the outdoors by going on hikes, spending the day at local parks, farmers markets and gardening. If the weather does not permit outdoor activities, Dr. Patel will snuggle with a good book and coffee in hand.
Dr. Patel is excited in becoming part of the Carolina Lakes Family Dental family and a member of the community as she promotes and educates her patients in attaining and maintaining optimal oral health.
April was born in Massachusetts. She grew up in Massachusetts, New York, Washington State and Ohio. She served in the U.S. Army for 4 years before attending college for dental hygiene. She graduated dental hygiene school in 1999 from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia. She has lived in North Carolina since 2007. She has 3 children and enjoys hiking, gardening, biking, and singing. She has section-hiked parts of the Appalachian trail and tried hang gliding, but spends most of her time now playing with the hummingbirds in her yard, planting trees with her husband, and enjoying her garden.
Natasha (Tasha) was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and she has made Cameron her home for the last 17 years. She went to FTCC to become a dental hygienist and graduated with honors in the spring of 2008. After passing her state board for licensure with a perfect score, Tasha gained experience as a dental hygienist by working at multiple offices around the triangle area. Tasha is very excited to be a member of the Carolina Lakes Family Dental family. She is dedicated to providing best dental care to her patients and is very compassionate about her job. She loves to spend time with her family and reading and is the proud mom of two children.
Whitley was born and raised here in Cameron N.C. She attended Central Carolina Community College and graduated in 2017 with an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. After graduating she filled in at various offices around the triangle. When she is not working she enjoys outdoor activities from riding horses to days at the lake or beach with her two children. Whitley is thrilled to become a member of Carolina Lakes Family Dental. She’s very passionate about her job and makes patient care her number one priority. She enjoys getting to know her patients individually and making them feel at ease. She can’t wait to meet you and your family and make your smile bright!
Octavia was born and raised in a small community named Eastwood, next to Pinehurst, NC. She attended Central Carolina Community College and obtained her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2016. After graduation, Octavia worked in various offices throughout the triangle. She loves to spend time with her family, fellowshipping, and traveling. Octavia is super excited to be a member of Carolina Lakes Dental and can't wait to make you smile!
Narisara grew up in a military family and has lived in New Mexico, California, Germany and Missouri. While living in Missouri, she attended St. Louis Community College and graduated with an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2002. She moved to North Carolina in 2013. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.