Larry Hemby, DDS

Dr. Hemby is a native of Wilmington, NC. He attended four years of undergraduate studies and UNC-Chapel Hill and four years of dental training at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He spent two years in the Navy, serving as a dentist for the Marines at Camp Pendleton, California. In 1977, he returned home and moved to Southport, NC, where he established a private dental practice. Dr. Hemby is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art dentistry in a small town in a warm and caring environment. He does this through constant continuing education and the newest technologies.

Dr. Hemby is married to Linda, his high school sweetheart, and has a daughter (Dee Dee) and two grandchildren (Roman and India) who live in Southern California. He has served in many community organizations like the Rotary, the 4th of July Festival Committee, the Masonic Lodge, and Shriners. He is very active in the Kairos Prison Ministry and has held a Monday night Bible Study class at his home for the last 23 years. His passion for the Lord and his family, friends, patients, and dentistry (especially in these exciting times) will forever keep him young.

Credentials and Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Carolina State Dental Association
  • Tri-County Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry


L.D. Williams IV, DDS

Dr. Williams was born in Wichita, Kansas, and soon moved to the small town of El Dorado, Kansas, where he grew up, met his future wife, and developed a love for his community and a passion for dentistry. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Kansas where he chose a focus of study of Pre-Dental, majored in Psychology, and Minored in Business. Upon graduation from KU he spent a year dental assisting while applying for dental school. Dr. Williams was accepted to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where he was able to achieve his goal of becoming a dentist while growing his passion for the profession and his patients.

On a more personal note, Dr. Williams loves spending time with his best friend and wife of 6 years, Kristina, and their dog Tucky. He also enjoys spending time at the beach, traveling, scuba diving, hiking, golfing and playing guitar. He is overjoyed to have moved to Southport to regain the small-town family feel of his childhood and to join the amazing family at Southport Dental Care.

Meet Our Team

Our friendly team of dental professionals at Southport Dental take the time to get to know each patient we meet, providing personalized, quality dental treatments in a friendly, caring atmosphere.  We are committed to maintaining high standards of care through continuous education, advanced technology, and patient education.  Please call us at 910-457-5026 to make your appointment with our experienced dentists and learn more about dental care in Southport, North Carolina, and surrounding areas.

Mary Wright – Office Manager
I have been in dentistry for 34 years. I started as a Dental Assistant and added the duties of scheduling, receptionist, billing and insurance. I am now the Office Manager and over the years I have worn many hats. In addition to my main duties, you can find me doing most anything that is needed, from ordering supplies to keeping our computers on-line and up to date.

I enjoy helping patients in all areas and my goal is to have them leave feeling cared for and happy with their overall dental experience with our practice.

I have been married to my wonderful husband Mike for 24 years and have two sons, Clay and Braeden, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Stephanie. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Catherine Smutko – Marketing & Community Relations Manager
I have been a patient of Dr. Hemby’s my entire life and now I am on the other side of the desk as his Marketing & Community Relations Manager. I am so blessed to be able to work with such wonderful people in my hometown. I was born and raised in Southport and I graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2011 where I earned a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.

I am married to my wonderful husband of 3 years, Matthew. We have a precious daughter, Lilly Grace who is a year old, and is my greatest accomplishment.

In my free time I like to perform at my parent’s theatre, the Amuzu, in Southport and spend time with my family and friends.

I enjoy working with the public and am very excited to be learning more about the dental world and expanding my knowledge in this field.

Brooke Brendle – Dental Assistant
I have lived in this beautiful area my entire life. I went to Cape Fear Community College and became a Dental Assistant. I have been working for Dr. Hemby for two years and love our practice. I enjoy dentistry and it’s nice to be part of a team that truly cares about their patients, makes them feel comfortable and well taken care of.

I am newly married and when I am not working, my husband, Mitchell and I enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Kristie Watts – Dental Assistant
I have lived in Southport all of my life and love the charm and quaintness of our beautiful little town. I have been a Dental Assistant for Dr. Hemby for 29 years. The best part of my job is getting to know my patients. I strive to provide the very best care possible for my patients and making them feel like they are part of our Southport Dental family.

I have been married to my wonderful husband David for 23 years. In my spare time I love to spend it with family and friends. I enjoy reading and doing a variety of outdoors activities.

Lindsay Graham – Dental Hygienist
I was born and raised in the small town of Clinton, NC. I graduated from Fayetteville Tech in 2010 where I earned my AAS in Dental Hygiene and practiced there for the next 5 years. My husband John and I relocated to Oak Island in November of 2015.

I love working for a practice that treats patients the way I want to be treated, by listening and making them feel like they are part of our dental family.

In our spare time we enjoy meeting new people and hanging out on the beach. Our five dogs love the beach as much as we do. We love our four-legged children, a Golden Retriever, Beaugart, and our mixed breeds, Lila, Nollie, Dalebert, and Opie!

Wendy Lawson – Dental Hygienist
I have been in dentistry for 25 years. I started as a receptionist, and then became a certified Dental Assistant. The more I learned about dentistry the more I knew I wanted to be a Dental Hygienist. I earned a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2003 from Central Piedmont in Charlotte, NC.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, the outdoors and spending time with my fur babies, Cinna and Bentley and I am active in my church, Unite.

It has always been a dream of mine to live at the beach so I moved to Southport in August of 2015 and I have loved every minute of it! I am excited to be part of a practice that provides their patients with exceptional dental care and treats them like family.

Sarah Lichty – Dental Assistant
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