Meet the Pediatric Dentistry Team
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
Annelise Hardin, DDS, MS
Dr. Hardin grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and graduated from Chapel Hill High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Johns Hopkins University, where she double majored in Biology and Psychology and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. Dr. Hardin continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was named chief resident, and earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry and her Master of Science degree.
Dr. Hardin is a recipient of the prestigious Richard Pugh Award. She was recognized at the Annual American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Meeting for scoring in the top 3% in the country on her Pediatric Board Exam.
In 2008, Dr. Annelise Hardin achieved Diplomat Status as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Hardin's husband, Scott Hardin, is a general dentist practicing in Chapel Hill. They have two children, Will and Charlotte.
Dr. Hardin’s master’s thesis was entitled Oral Health Knowledge of Caregivers in a Primary Care Setting. Her work centered on the necessary relationship between medical and dental professionals in the effort to educate caregivers about dental health.
- 2006 Richard Pugh Award-The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- 2004 Alexander Fellowship Recipient (award for master’s research project)
- 2003 Dr. Edmund Baxter Hopkins Memorial Scholarship
- 2002 Hinman Scholar
- 2001 Claude Adams Jr. Scholarship
- 2000 Doctor Curtis Aurelius Wherry Scholarship
- 2000 North Carolina Dental Foundation Scholarship
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Katie Payne, DDS, MS
Dr. Katie grew up in a military family – she spent her youngest years in Rhode Island and after some moving around ultimately attended most of middle school and all of high school in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Katie is not new to the Chapel Hill area! She may even be a familiar face for many of our SVPD families! Dr. Katie worked in the office for several years while obtaining her bachelor's degree at UNC – Chapel Hill and continued working with us until she began dental school. She attended UNC School of Dentistry where she graduated with distinction and co-founded and co-organized a dental outreach trip in Uganda.
Even though Dr. Katie is a true Tar Heel fan – she decided to continue her education at The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital where she trained under some of the best pediatric dentists in the country. She was named chief resident and earned her certificate in Pediatric dentistry and her Master of Science degree. Dr. Katie is board eligible, and seeking her board certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Katie is so happy to be back in North Carolina, and back home at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry to continue helping to grow healthy smiles!
Dr. Katie has always worked with children and families and is very interested in behavior and behavior research. Dr. Katie completed her master's thesis entitled "Can Parents Accurately Predict and Assess Behavior During a First Time Dental Restorative Procedure?" during her time at OSU. This research focused on factors that can help parents and dentists determine whether a child will exhibit positive behavior during dental treatment, and helped to establish parent-provider discussion related to behavior management techniques.
Erin - Lead Dental Assistant
Erin has been with our team since 2011. Erin is responsible for making your child's visit run smoothly and for training new clinical staff. She is a graduate of Alamance Community College with an Associates Degree in General Education and a Degree in Dental Assisting and currently lives in Carrboro, NC. In her free time, Erin enjoys running outdoors and spending time with her husband, Colton, and her golden retriever, Finn.
Angie - Patient Coordinator/ Dental Assistant
Angie joined our team in 2013. She is one of the first smiling faces to greet you when you come in the door. She graduated from Alamance Community College with a Degree in Dental Assisting. She grew up in Hillsborough, NC and currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC. Outside of work, Angie enjoys participating in sports activities and spending time with her three beautiful children: Shawn, Ava and Jade.
Mackenzi - Dental Assistant
Mackenzie loves travelling and exploring new places – so much so that she moved to North Carolina from Maine in August 2017 just to join our team! Mackenzie graduated from University of Maine -Augusta with an Associate’s degree in Dental Assisting in 2015, and spent 3 years flourishing as an assistant in a local pediatric office. We could not have been luckier to find Mackenzie, her calm nature and comfort with our young patients adds such value to our team! When Mackenzie isn’t at work you can find her exploring her new state of North Carolina, or spending time with family and friends.
Nay - Dental Assistant
Nay joined our team in 2015. She graduated from Alamance Community College and is local to Chapel Hill. Nay enjoys working with children and providing them with the care and instructions to help them have a healthy smile. In her free time, she enjoys reading comic books and listening to music.
Bridget - Marketing Coordinator
Bridget joined our team in 2015. She graduated from the University of Delaware and studied Marketing and Operations Management. Bridget is responsible for community outreach and loves meeting new families that are searching for a pediatric dentist. She enjoys spending time with her two boys, husband, and yellow lab.
Mariana- Dental Assistant
After graduating from UNC School of Dentistry’s Dental Assisting program, Mariana joined our team in April 2017. Mariana is a Chapel Hill native – you might even recognize her from the time she spent working with Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s Head Start program or at Frank Porter Graham! Mariana’s adventurous spirit and laid-back nature make her a wonderful addition to our staff – she is also fluent in Spanish and loves to make our Spanish speaking patients feel right at home. Mariana not only keeps our office up-to-date on pop culture, but she also keeps us smiling with her infectious positivity!
Becky - Financial Coordinator
Ms. Becky joined our staff in April 2017 and has been such a wonderful addition to the team! Becky comes to us with over twenty years of experience in pediatric dental treatment planning and insurance navigation. Becky is a true problem solver and thoroughly enjoys working with parents to resolve insurance and financial concerns. If she doesn't have an answer for you, she will certainly find one – and she will do it with a smile! Outside of the office, Becky loves spending time with family – especially her sweet-as-sugar grandson, Mason, and making her yard look beautiful.
Chantal - Dental Assistant
Chantal joined the practice in 2016. She graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and lives in Graham with her husband, Brent and her son, Harrison. She loves to spend time with her family, work in the garden, and attend sporting events.
Sam - Dental Assistant
Sam joined our staff in August of 2017 – but our patients and office staff can all agree that it feels like she has been here forever! Sam fits right into the team with her extensive dental experience, positive attitude, and gentle nature with our patients. Sam graduated from Alamance Community College’s Dental Assisting program in 2011, spent several years living near the coast, and more recently found her way back “home” as she grew up in Burlington, NC. When Sam isn’t busy cleaning teeth and keeping us all entertained, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.