Dentist in Fayetteville, 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.
Carolyn Leung, DMD
Dr. Carolyn Leung was born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She graduated undergraduate college in 2013 from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Dr. Leung graduated from Midwestern University Dental School in Downers Grove Illinois in 2022.
She enjoys meeting new people, trying new restaurants, cooking, and being outdoors. She wants to focus on providing patients with excellent care and tending to patient's needs. She wants to raise awareness to the importance of oral hygiene and prevention of cavities.
Yonesha Phair, DDS
Born in Brooklyn, New York but southern raised right here in the area. A graduate of Mac Williams middle school and Cape Fear High School. Dr. Phair continued her education at Fayetteville State University. After Graduating from FSU, Dr. Phair went on to dental school along with taking graduate courses in the oral biology program at UNC-Chapel Hill where she received her DDS in 2013. Next she completed a General practice residency in New York at Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Phair is married with 2 daughters and hopes to have a dog in the near future. She loves cooking and planning large family events during her free time.
Morgan was born and raised in Fayetteville, N.C. and went to Cape Fear High School. She attended Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and graduated with her degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2011. She has always lived in Vander/ Eastover community and is involved in the community and sings in her praise team at church. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and going to the beach. She is married and has a little girl that she enjoys spending time with while watching her grow. She enjoys being a hygienist, meeting new patients, building relationships with her patients and truly has a passion for wanting her patients to feel confident in their smile.
A Campbell University and FTCC graduate, Joanie earned her license to practice Dental Hygiene in 1980. Upon returning to this area, where she grew up, she is proud to be a part of the Baywood Family Dentistry staff.
Individualized patient care and treatment are foremost on her mind with each patient she treats. Making a positive impact on patients’ oral, thus overall, health is her purpose. Realizing the Dental Hygienist’s care is often the first treatment given to a patient it is important to her to be a good communicator, listening to the patient, insuring all patient concerns are critically documented and communicated to the doctor.
Joanie enjoys interacting in the community including supporting non profit veteran, cancer and Guardian Ad Litem groups. She can be found regularly on the North Carolina coast with her siblings, children and grand children. Family and friends top her priority list.
April is an Army veteran who was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in May 2022.
She loves traveling, going to the lake, and spending time with her friends and family. April enjoys educating patients on the importance of oral hygiene.