Meet the Doctors
Drs. Andrew and Joya Lyons might be the face of Smile Savvy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, but God is their silent partner, guiding them through every professional and personal milestone. The lovely couple met during their junior year of college at an Impressions Program, housed at the University of North Carolina. The studious pupils wouldn't make googly eyes at each other until they met again at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry three years later. Somehow, in between flash cards and cramming for exams together, they fell in love. What ensued was a lasting bond, solidified by marriage after graduation in 2011.
Before attending the same schools, Dr. Andrew graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor's degree in Biology; Dr. Joya procured a bachelor's degree in Biology from Hampton University. Post dental school, the couple completed a one-year general practice residency at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. They are both members of ADA, NC Dental Society and Preferred Providers for Invisalign.
Andrew Lyons II • DDS
Dr. Andrew or Drew as his wife affectionally calls him is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and an entrepreneur at heart. After he and Dr. Joya had secured their dental positions post residency, God placed entrepreneurship on his heart and being the humble servant that he is; he took heed. He decided to recruit his wife for this huge endeavor. Together, they opened Smile Savvy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in 2014, and since then they have experienced an exponential growth in their practice.
His expertise in Dental Office Design has catapulted him to new heights where he's being tapped by peers to give talks at events on this very topic. Dr. Andrew credits his mentor Dr. Eric Davis, DDS (the first black dentist he's ever met), as someone who helped him realize his dream to become a dentist.
Dr. Joya Lyons • DDS
Dr. Joya hails from the Suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. When she's not hard at work at Smile Savvy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, she's lending her sweat equity to S.C.O.R.E., INC, a mentorship program which gives academic and financial assistance to high school girls who want to pursue careers in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. She runs this program with her big sister, Dr. Janelle Davison, OD, who is also her mentor.
The Lyons' love for God has always been a focal part of everything they've done as a unit. Even working together was something they prayed about and were steadfast. They are proud members of Nikao Church in Charlotte, NC. They refer to their daily go-to scriptures to help keep them grounded. One of their favorite scriptures is from Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (KJV): "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
Drs. Andrew and Joya Lyons are a formidable couple and force to be reckoned with. They are also the loving parents of their daughter, Brielle Lyons, a future dentist (fingers crossed). Co-owning a burgeoning dental practice has not only strengthened their impenetrable marriage bond, but it has deepened their relationship with God.