Dr. Mayer was born in North Dakota and was the oldest of four children. At age ten, his family moved to Edina Minnesota where he graduated from Edina High School in 1967. He attended undergraduate college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa before matriculating at Northwestern Dental School in Chicago. Dr. Mayer graduated from Northwestern University in 1975, with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and high honors. This fulfilled his childhood dream, since the age of nine, of wanting to be a dentist.
After graduating from Northwestern Dental School, he moved back to Minneapolis where he practiced in the Medical Arts Building for twelve years. Dr. Mayer, along with his wife Patti and their two children, Michelle and Natalie, moved to Fort Myers in December of 1986. He started practicing in Lehigh Acres in 1987 at 60 Westminster Street. In December, 2005, he moved to his new building and current location at 105 Connecticut Road.
Dr. Mayer has been married to Patti since 1978. Patti returned to college after being a teacher for 22 years. She graduated from Edison College Dental Hygiene School with a degree in Dental Assisting. Later she earned her certification from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and currently works for Dr. Mayer as a part time chair-side assistant.
His oldest daughter, Michelle, graduated from Nova Southeastern Dental School and joined the practice in July of 2008 and joined the Navy in January 2011. She just returned from a two year assignment in Naples, Italy. She is currently at officer training at the Marine War College in Quantico, VA.
Dr. Mayer’s other daughter, Natalie, graduated from Liberty University with a MBA in 2008 and worked as the National Recruiting Director of Liberty University, and then she started working as a Marketing Director for In Service America in the summer of 2008. Natalie worked with the Advisory Board Council as a marketing agent in Washington DC in 2009 and 2010. She got married in 2009 and currently resides in Huntsville Alabama with her husband Nate and three children, Naomi Joy, Nora and Noelle, with a fourth child on the way! (July 2017)
Dr. Mayer attends many continuing education courses including L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He is a member of American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, Lee County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, and Labelle Chamber of Commerce. He is currently involved with a local dental study club which meets monthly and reviews advanced periodontal, implant, and restorative cases.
Dr. Mayer and his family have attended McGregor Baptist Church where he has served as an adult Sunday School teacher since 1988. He has also served on many committees, as well as playing trombone in the church orchestra. His interests include playing trombone in other groups such as McGregor Big Band Orchestra, Bonita Springs Community Concert Band, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Sousa National Community Band where he plays the euphonium.
His other hobbies include sports of all kinds and flying airplanes. He has flown airplanes since 1975. He currently owns a Cessna 421.
Dr Craig A Mayer is also a certified NRA pistol and home defense instructor and presents classes on gun safety and for concealed weapons carry permit. He enjoys trap and skeet shooting as well and has been known to fish in the back bay area.
Dr. Mayer is also a proud corporate sponsor of the Florida Tarpons professional indoor football team in the Ft. Myers-Naples area, as well as many other community organizations.