Meet Dr. Payet

A Caring Charlotte Dentist

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Hi, I’m Dr. Payet, and I’ve been a Charlotte dentist 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 & attended UNC-Greensboro, my dad went to UNC 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 I really do, even after more than 2 decades. Every day is different, every patient is unique, and there is ALWAYS more to learn.  It’s challenging, exciting, and deeply satisfying to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Awards & Recognition

In 2022, at the Academy of General Dentistry Convocation ceremony, I was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. This honor is only achieved by 6% of all general dentists in the USA and Canada.  When you see that a dentist has earned the FAGD distinction, rest assured that they care about caring for you with both the latest techniques, and the most time-tested treatments, available in dentistry today. The next step is to become a Master of the AGD (MAGD), hopefully in the next few years.

In 2021, I completed a rigorous program, and passed the test, to become a Qualified Dentist in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). This recognizes my dedication to improving the lives of our patients with sleep apnea. In the fall of 2023, after completing another rigorous course, I passed the exam to be recognized as a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

At the end of 2023, I completed all the requirements for the 2-year RipeGlobal Fellowship in Restorative Dentistry and was recognized as a 2023 RipeGlobal Fellow.

Passing on Knowledge and Experience

Besides being an eternal student, I enjoy sharing knowledge and teaching fellow dentists. As of 2023, I’m an Educator in the RipeGlobal Fellowship in Restorative Dentistry. This intense 2-year post-graduate program is the fastest-growing program of its kind in the world, teaching fundamental and advanced multi-disciplinary care to dentists all over the world.

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: