Dr. Derrick D. Payne is a fellow Memphian and former student-athlete of Hamilton High School. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville on a football scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1993.

After graduating from Vanderbilt, he attended the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry at Memphis where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000. In 2000-2002, Dr. Payne completed a two year General Practice Residency at the University Of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville where he served as Chief Resident during 2001-2002 year.

In July 2002, Dr. Payne purchased the existing practice of Dr. Bobby Collins. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Shelby County Dental Society, Memphis Dental Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Payne is an active member of Middle Baptist Church (Whitehaven), founder of the Alex L. Turner Scholarship Foundation, and co-founder of the River City Promotional Gala. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and mentoring many of the country’s youth.

Dr. Derrick Payne and Dr. Sherrye Cosby both graduated from UT Memphis Dental School in 2000. After developing a great friendship and business relationship during and after dental school, they both dreamed of opening a dental practice together. In January of 2006, that dream became a reality when they both opened Superior Smiles of Memphis.