Meet Dr. Payet

A Caring Charlotte Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Payet, and I’ve been a Charlotte dentist ever since 1998.  I moved here after undergrad (Class of ‘94) and dental school at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (Class of ‘98).  While not a native Tar Heel, I have deep roots in the state: my mother grew up in Albemarle, my dad went to Chapel Hill, and most of my family is in North Carolina.  At heart, I am a true-blue Tar Heel!

Being the Best Dentist I Can Be

Some may think it odd that I love being a dentist, but seriously…I do!  Every day is different, every patient is unique and special, and there is ALWAYS more to learn.  I get to have fun doing what I do. I’ve attended many of the top post-graduate institutes for Continuing Education, usually completing 50-100 hours of advanced training per year.

Besides being an eternal student, I also enjoy teaching, and have done so at the following:

  • As an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the UNC School of Dentistry, helping dental students learn;
  • As a Faculty Mentor at the Nash Institute for Advanced Dental Learning, where I taught other dentists advanced skills in cosmetic dentistry;
  • Founded a Professional Study Club to help all Charlotte dentists using the CEREC Same-Day Crown CAD/CAM system;
  • Lecturing on, and writing a blog about, dental photography, helping other dentists integrate this useful and powerful communication tool into their office;
  • Lecturing on the benefits and techniques of combined Laser Periodontal Surgery and Dental Braces.

A Little Story About Why I Became a Dentist

A few years after opening my practice, I recorded this video, talking about how I chose dentistry as a career.  My orthodontist during high school, Dr. Constance “Connie” Greeley, was a tremendous influence.  I also got to talk about what I love most about being a dentist, and why it’s so rewarding.  Nearly 20 years later, it still holds true.  If only I still looked that young though!


I am fortunate and blessed to have three special women in my life: my wife Fara and our daughters, Natalie and Elizabeth, who keep us very busy.  Add in our dogs Molly & Hershey, and we have a full home life.

Dr. & Mrs. Payet with their daughters

Dr. Payet's coonhound, Hershey

Mrs. Payet's dog, Molly

Besides spending quality time with my family and taking care of you, I have several hobbies: photography, reading, learning to play piano again, Shaolin Kung Fu at The Peaceful Dragon, & cooking. I wish I had more time for ballroom dancing and singing.

As part of my continuing professional growth, I am currently a member of the following dental organizations: