Dental Staff

Dr. Larry G. Payne DDS

Larry attendedSam Houston State University in Texas and Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduating from Dental school in 1984. He has been practicing in Dekalb County for thirty years now and he loves working in this area. Larry has been happily married to Dianna for twenty-six years and has four daughters, Mallory, Sheridan, Lauren, and Shelby. Some of his hobbies include hunting, golfing, camping, and traveling with his family. Some quotes that inspire him are, "Things of quality have no fear of time" and "Freedom is only one generation away from being lost". He loves dentistry because it is gratifying for him to improve the oral health of others; to improve their quality of life through helping improve the appearance, comfort, and function of their teeth.

Business Office Staff

Dianna - Office Manager

Dianna has been on staff since right after she and Larry married in 1994. Before marrying Dr. Payne, Dianna attended Western Kentucky University, was a veterinarian technician, and owned a Pet Store at Glenbrook Mall. When she isn't in the front office, you can find her in the furnace room (nicknamed that because she keeps it so warm). She does the billing, handles insurance problems, and all general catchall work that needs to be done. In her spare time, she loves to study the Bible, hike, kayak, and spend time with her family and pets.

Brittany - Business Administrative Assistant

Brittany has been at the "Office of Payne" since July 2019. She graduated from Ross Medical Education Center in 2012 with a certificate in Dental Assisting; however, she found her true calling working at the front desk. She loves to answer questions about your dental heath and insurance. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys taking adventures with her husband while her two kids are in collge and achieving their goals. One of her favorite quotes is from Marilyn Monroe, "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring". She is thankful to be part of the Payne Crew and looks forward to meeting you all in the office.  


Shelby - Front Office Assistant and Social Media Coordinator 

Shelby is the youngest daughter of Doctor and Dianna. She has had the honor of working at the office since she was fifteen. Recently, she graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Business Management. She loves working at the office because of the community within the staff and the ability to help patients. She also loves managing the office's social media pages from her apartment in South Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, playing ultimate frisbee, and riding horses. 


Dental Assistants


Tiya - Dental Assistant EFDA

Tiya graduated from IPFW in 2010 and has worked in dentistry since then. She got married in 2012 and has three beautiful children. In her free time, she loves to go boating, biking, or hiking. She also enjoys attending concerts with friends and traveling. She says that she hasn't been everywhere - but it's on her list. Her favorite quote is "I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later." - Mitch Hedberg. Tiya enjoys dentistry because every day is different, you never know what the day will bring.


Bethany - Dental Assistant EFDA

Bethany graduated from Ross Medical and has been working as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. She joined the Payne team in February 2020 and has enjoyed every minute of work since. She enjoys dentistry because she loves helping people and comforting people. She also enjoys the cosmetic aspect of dentistry, as it blends with her love of art. Bethany originally went to school for art but later found herself in the dental field. She also has her own online business making and designing personalized items. When not working she is spending time with her young children, eating snacks, singing songs, and playing outside.

Dental Hygienists

Jill - Dental Hygienist RDH

Jill has been a dental hygienist for twenty-three years. She earned her degree in 1994 from Indiana University at Fort Wayne. She joined Waterloo Family Dentistry, A.K.A. "The Office of Payne" in November 2016. She keeps her license current by attending continuing education courses and completed the Local Anesthesia Course in 2013 at Owen's Community College. She has one son, who keeps her busy watching sports. They enjoy hockey games and spending time at the lake. A quote she connects with is: "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." She is most thankful for having God in her life.

Sarah - Dental Hygienist RDH

Sarah graduated from Indiana University at South Bend in 1999 and worked in South Bend for six years before moving back home to Auburn and started working here in 2005. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and playing sports. One of the reasons, she loves dentistry is the continual learning through educational courses that it provides and the ability to learn about new products. She also enjoys dentistry because she learns so much from our patients - she loves her patients! She says, "They all have something to offer, something to teach me! I enjoy helping educate patients and see how their mouths can be transformed into a healthy happy mouth."

Terrilynn - Dental Hygienist RDH

Terri graduated in 2006 with dual majors in Dental Hygiene and General Studies from Indiana University. She began working for our team in January 2017 after a term of self-contracting her services to help other hygienists take time off to care for themselves and their families. She enjoys time with her husband, chihuahuas, adult daughters, and growing family. Their free time is spent enjoying Colt's football, theater productions, grandparenting time, and traveling. When alone, she reads and caters to her artistic nature by creating things discovered on Pinterest. She is inspired by stories of people overcoming hardships and she strives to make every patient's day a bit brighter with a smile. She believes that dentistry is much easier on those with anxiety through gentle, compassionate care.