Dentist in Cameron, NC

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

Cameron, NC Dentist Laurence R. Mester, Jr. DDS
Laurence R. Mester Jr. DDS
General Dentist

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. 


Cameron, NC Dentist Mark S. Cummings, DDS
Brian Swift, DDS
General Dentist

Dr. Brian Swift has lived in North Carolina almost his entire life.  Born in Iowa City, Iowa, he grew up in Chapel Hill and is a die hard Tar Heel fan.  Having attended UNC for both undergrad with a B.S. in Biology and dental school with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he is proud to North Carolina home.  During dental school, Dr. Swift was proud to be an active student leader and president of his class for all four years. As a member of the North Carolina Dental Society and American Dental Society, he is passionate about providing high quality dental care to every one of his patients. When not working, he is an avid sports and country music fan, and enjoys relaxing with his guitar.  He is also a proud cat dad to Lilly. 


Ahmed U. Metwally, DMD
General Dentist 

Dr. Metwally was born in Egypt and moved to the US when he was 7. Growing up, his family moved around from South Carolina, to Georigia, and finally settling down in Albemarle, NC. He attended undergraduate school in UNC-Wilmington where he graduated with a BS in Biology and attended the University of Pittsburgh for dental school. He volunteered in Missions of Mercy and at various underserved clinics during dental school. He enjoys dentistry and has wanted to become a dentist since high school. Dr. Metwally is committed to furthering his education in dentistry to stay up to date with the latest clinical advancements. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, sports, and fishing.

Cameron, NC Dental Hygienist April J. Wagner
April Wagner
Dental Hygienist

April Wagner was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She was raised in NY, Massachusetts, Washington State and Ohio. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army to be an airborne Russian voice interceptor. She served 4 ½ years in the Army beginning in 1987. She attended schools through the Army in S.C, Georgia, California, Texas and Massachusetts and was finally stationed in Garlstedt, Germany during Desert Storm. After she was honorably discharged, she attended Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia and received her dental hygiene degree in 1999. She practiced 8 years in a periodontal practice in Savannah. She has lived in NC since 2007. She loves being a dental hygienist and singing in the choir at church.

Cameron, NC Dental Hygienist Natasha Drews
Natasha Drews (Tasha)
Dental Hygienist

Natasha Drews (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.

Joshua Atkinson
Dental Hygienist

Joshua was born in Fort Leonardwood Missouri, but has moved around with his military family just about everywhere: South Korea, Georgia, California, Germany, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Josh has called Harnett county home since 2010. He began his dental career with Carolina Lakes Family dentistry in 2013 as an assistant. After leaving the office to continue his education at FTCC, Josh is back as a dental hygienist. At FTCC, Joshua was class president, graduated with honors, and is currently a member of the ADHA. He is currently completing his bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and hopes to continue eventually to dental school.


Whitney Beal
Dental Hygienist

Whitney was born, raised, and still resides in Sanford NC with her husband Michael, and her stepson.  She attended Central Carolina Community College, and graduated in 2009 with an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.  Whitney's desire to advance her knowledge in patient care led her to work in the specialty of periodontics for 3 years before returning to general dentistry.  She loves spending time with her family, enjoys spending the summer at the beach, and is an avid UNC fan.

Whitney is excited to be a member of Carolina Lakes Family Dental, and can't wait to meet you and help keep your smile beautiful!


Chante Gibbs
Dental Hygienist

Chante’ was born and raised in Fayetteville N.C. She graduated from Pine Forest Senior High and attended Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science for Dental Assisting in 2004. She returned to FTCC to get an Associates of Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene in 2007. She was the Class President of the graduating Dental Hygiene Class of 2009. Chante’ has a true passion for educating her patients about their oral hygiene. She has given back to her community by volunteering at The Care Clinic and The Mission of Mercy.