Dr. Lyons was born in Windsor and grew up here. He attended Prince Edward Public School, Kennedy Collegiate and the University of Toronto – Faculty of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry in Toronto for 4 years and then left for post graduate studies in Oral Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago. He did his residency in Oral Surgery at University of Texas.
He returned to Windsor to enter private practice in Oral Surgery. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.