Dr. W. Lee Payne

dr w lee payne

Personalized Care for Your Family’s Smiles

I truly love what I do. I’m more excited about dentistry today than I was when I started practicing. We have so many advanced technologies, materials, and methodologies to meet our patients’ needs. Offering reliable, longer-lasting, naturally beautiful care options, in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, makes me proud to be a dentist.

Dr. Ott, my team, and I view each patient as the individual they are. We know each has very different needs and desires. It is our mission to help each patient discover the right treatment path for them, with the goal of exceptional dental health and smiles that don’t stop. Knowing the connection between a healthy mouth and body, we focus on education: by teaching patients how to care for their mouth, we not only improve their oral health, but the health of their body. And by teaching patients how to care for their bodies, we improve the health of their smiles!

Our Team and Office

Having an up-to-date, caring dental office is about more than the dentists. I am proud of our team and am honored to work with very dedicated and highly educated people who are passionate about helping others. The combined years of experience and continuing education, in all areas of our practice, is a testimony to our commitment to excellence. There are eight of us who account for 215 years of combined dental experience! I do not think of the practice as “mine”; I think of it as “ours.” We’re a cohesive family, working together to serve others.

Education and Continuing Education

I attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport for my dental prerequisites. My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Immediately after graduation, I joined the U.S. Army and was selected to do a Rotating Dental Internship at the Madigan Army Medical Center.

I was then stationed at Ft. Wainwright, AK, where I served three and a half years, ending my military service as a Major. I was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and was the Commanding Officer of the dental clinic when I left.

I am honored to have earned the respected Pankey Scholar designation at the highly-acclaimed Pankey Institute and was invited to be part of their visiting faculty. I’ve also joined the visiting faculty of Spear Education and their post-graduate dental institute. It is through the institute that I’ve worked to help establish a dental clinic in Guatemala. This marks the fifth year that I and my dental assistant, Megan, have worked at the clinic.

Each year I complete many hours of continuing education. Remaining current is essential to keeping abreast of the changes in dentistry. Gaining knowledge leads to better treatment and outcomes for my patients.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Alaska Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Personal Life

I grew up in Shreveport, LA and have called Fairbanks my home since 1974. I’ve been married for 43 years, to the same beautiful distraction I had back in dental school in 1973. We’ve one son, Brandon, who’s a Professional Fly Fishing Guide with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Our daughter, Lauren, is a personal trainer with a degree in Health & Exercise Science.

Time with my family is a priority. A close second is fishing: during my time off, if I’m not fishing somewhere chances are I’m getting ready to go fishing!