Dr. M. Craig Williams, DDS, was born in Raleigh, NC, and lived there until he graduated from Ravenscroft High School.
In high school, he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his bachelor of science in business administration. During his four years in Chapel Hill, he enjoyed attending Carolina basketball games at the Smith Center and was lucky enough to travel to Indianapolis for the 1997 Final Four.
After his undergraduate studies, Dr. Williams attended the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, where he learned about sound clinical dentistry and patient care. While in Morgantown, Dr. Craig Williams learned the meaning of being a mountaineer football fan as he lived a stone’s throw from the stadium. He even managed to pick up some lunch money by parking cars in his front yard. If you think UNC fans are crazy about basketball, then you ought to see hundreds of RV’s heading to town the night before a home football game in Morgantown. It is quite exciting. Although he enjoyed his time in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Dr. Craig Williams never forgot the sunny weather and warm southern hospitality of North Carolina.
Upon Graduation from WVU, he moved back to Raleigh and began practicing with his father. Dr. Craig Williams’ wife, Melissa, teaches middle school art at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. They have two sons, Brock and Lawson, and twin girls, Emmaline and Adelaide.
Dr. Craig Williams enjoys playing golf and basketball. He also enjoys using computers and modern dental technologies, like digital X-rays, tooth-colored fillings, Cerec one-visit crowns and using intra-oral cameras.
Dr. William Daily, DDS, and his family are thrilled to have made Raleigh, NC their final hometown! Born in Charleston, SC and having since lived in six states on the east coast, Dr. Daily and his wife, Jessica, believe the mountains, beaches, universities, and friendly people of North Carolina make it the ideal place to raise their children.
Dr. Daily earned his bachelor of science degree at James Madison University in 2004, and went on to graduate with honors from the world’s first dental school, the University of Maryland.
He continued on to the University of Florida, and extended his training at a residency program in general dentistry.
After practicing in Florida, the family was eager to return to the Carolinas to be closer to friends and family. With a passion for continuing education, Dr. Daily has trained at some of the nation’s leading institutions including the Dawson Academy and Pankey Institute. He has focused his training and experience in many complex dental procedures including: dental implant placement, bone grafting, wisdom tooth and surgical extractions, root canals, oral and IV sedation, and full mouth reconstruction. He has since earned fellowships from both the International Congress of Oral Implantology (FICOI), as well as the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD).
Dr. Daily played soccer, lacrosse, and tennis in high school, where he also met his wife. They have two boys, Connor and Liam, and a daughter named Carys. Outside of the office, he enjoys golf, tennis, and playing drums. He is thrilled to be a part of our beautiful modern office and the contagious energy of the whole team here at Williams & Daily Dental!
Dr. Lysandra Lestini earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UNC School of Dentistry in 2015 and is thrilled to be serving the family of patients at Williams and Daily Dental.
Having grown up in Raleigh and attended Ravenscroft School as a “lifer” from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Dr. Lestini was a patient of Dr. Mike and Dr. Craig growing up, and it is because of a conversation with Dr. Mike that she first began to consider a career in dentistry!
She graduated cum laude from Duke University in three and a half years with a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and a minor in Chemistry and was on the Dean’s List and Dean’s List with Distinction several times. She became a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority while at Duke, and she was actively involved as a member and leader in Campus Crusade for Christ.
During dental school at Chapel Hill, Dr. Lestini discovered a love of building relationships with patients and of providing excellent care tailored to individuals’ oral health needs and desires and was on the Dean’s List multiple semesters. The excellent education she received at UNC inspired her to pursue long-term continuing education at the prestigious Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida immediately after graduation. In addition to her on-going studies at the Pankey Institute, Dr. Lestini is committed to life-long learning through various continuing education courses and study clubs across the state to ensure her ability to provide the most current and effective dental care for her patients – a commitment she shares with the entire team at Williams and Daily Dental.
A member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Lestini enjoys and values the opportunity to be engaged in the dental community in North Carolina. She has also volunteered her time in dental clinics in the state and overseas to serve those with limited access to dental care.
Having lived in all three cities of the Triangle as well as two years abroad in England and Italy, Dr. Lestini is delighted to be back home in Raleigh – and back home with Williams and Daily Dental.
She has been an active member of her church and a small group leader in Bible Study Fellowship in Raleigh for several years. When she is not at the office, Dr. Lestini enjoys painting portraits in oils, a passion which she most recently pursued with an extended course of study in Florence, Italy. She also enjoys tennis, cooking, playing the cello (she and Dr. Mike played in the same orchestra when she was at Ravenscroft!), and connecting with family and friends.
Dr. Michael D. Williams, DDS, a native of Huntington, WV, and a huge fan of the Marshall University Thundering Herd Football team. He attended Marshall University and went on to West Virginia University Dental School after only three years of undergraduate studies. In dental school, Dr. Williams excelled in clinical studies of dentistry.
During his fourth year of dental school, he and his new bride, Connie, took a trip down the east coast to find a place to settle, have a family and start a dental practice. They settled on Raleigh, North Carolina and called it home ever since. Although his ties to West Virginia remained strong, Dr. Williams considered himself a North Carolinian and even allowed his kids to attend the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Williams truly enjoyed cosmetic, rehabilitative and preventive dentistry. He built his practice on the concept of providing the very best treatment in a caring and gentle environment. He found the relationship of oral health and its effects on the total body health very interesting.