Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Dr. Payne is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC with a degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. During his undergraduate years, he worked at the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) where he worked in a cancer research lab. After his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Southern California Dental School where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity.
Upon finishing his dental studies, he moved to Phoenix in 2000. He has been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry in the Phoenix area since then. He also volunteers at the non-profit outreach dental program, Christina’s Smile, where he provides dental care for under-served children in the greater Phoenix area. In his free time, he is very active and spends time with his fiancé and his rambunctious two sets of twins, Max, Micah, Sydney, and Sawyer.