Staff Directory


Meet our Durham Dentistry Team

Thank you for choosing the office of Dr. Thomas Clifton as your local Durham, NC dentistry practice. Dr. Clifton and his team work hard to ensure that you receive the best dental care available in a warm, comfortable and safe environment. We believe that providing quality work that leads to high satisfaction begins with open patient communication. We encourage you to ask any questions that may arise during treatment, as well as discuss any concerns that you might have at your appointments. Our team is glad to assist you in any way possible and will do their best to make each appointment even better than the last. Learn more about our friendly, skilled team below and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Susan Clifton

Practice Manager

Married to Dr. Clifton since 1988, I have managed the business aspects of our dental practice full-time since 1998. Prior to that, I was employed as the controller at the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center on the Duke University campus. Working with Dr. Clifton and our staff, we have strived to create a professional, welcoming dental experience for our patients. I am an active member of several local PTA organizations, teach Sunday school, coach several science decathlon teams, and enjoy spending time with my family.

Cheryl Welch-Walker

Scheduling Coordinator

I began my career in dentistry in 1986 after obtaining my certificate as a dental laboratory technician from Nassau County Technological Center in Westbury, New York. I moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1987, where I was employed as a practice manager until I joined Dr. Clifton's office in 2004. I love my job as Scheduling Coordinator! My goal is to provide excellent customer service and to help make our patients feel at home and comfortable during their visit. I live in Raleigh with my husband, Sajawta, and our two sons, Bryan and Sidney. I truly feel fortunate to have found a great doctor and team.

Susan Owen

Financial Coordinator

In 1989, my family moved to Mebane, North Carolina from Virginia. I was fortunate to find a position as Office Manager in a local dental office and immediately fell in love with the business. During my time there, I also trained as a chair side assistant. I have been a part of Dr. Clifton's team as Financial Coordinator since 2006. It has been a unique and enjoyable experience where the term "family practice" is not take for granted. After two decades of experience, I still have the same desire and passion for my job. I have gained an appreciation and understanding that we are here to provide our patients with not only superior professional services but a friendly smile as well. I sincerely enjoy our patients.

My husband, Gary, and I have raised five wonderful children who, in turn, have blessed us with five wonderful grandchildren. Of course, we do not consider ourselves empty nesters as our five demanding cats keep us busy. When time permits, I love reading, trips to the beach, being "Granny", and coordinating special weekend "honey do" work projects with my not-so-enthusiastic husband.

Lani Moretz, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I have been working as a dental hygienist for 26 years. I began my 30-year career in the dental profession in the United States Army as a dental assistant. I am a graduate of Fayetteville Community College with an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene and received my B.S. in Business Administration from Winthrop University. I joined Dr. Clifton's team in May of 2007 and feel very fortunate to be working with such a great dentist and dental team. I am originally from Hawaii. My husband, Les, is a native North Carolinian, and we live in Youngsville with our "furry child", our cat, Lewis Dean. I am an avid reader and shopper. Les and I enjoy the beach and traveling.

Carolyn Vining, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in South Florida. In the early 1980s, I moved to New Jersey, where I attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. I earned an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. After working for a year in New Jersey, I returned home and obtained a Florida dental hygiene license. I practiced for 15 years in Florida before deciding to relocate to North Carolina in 2005. In 2006, I obtained my North Carolina dental hygiene license and began working for Dr. Clifton. I have three children and spend much of my free time enjoying my extended family.

Whitney Chandler

I began my dental assisting career in 2007 at a practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. In late 2013, I began working for Dr. Clifton on a part-time basis. I fell in love with the practice, and when a full-time position became available, I was happy to join the team. As Dr. Clifton's assistant, I am his extra set of hands. My job is to make the patient as comfortable as possible from the beginning of the appointment to the end. I enjoy every part of my job from fixing patients' smiles, helping them regain their confidence, improving patients’ quality of health, to the very art of what I do. The process of providing care for our patients is truly gratifying. I am a native of Durham and love being close to family. I am an active member of the First Pentecostal Church of Durham and the proud momma to my new Great Dane puppy, Millie.

Visit Your Local Durham Dentistry Practice Today

Dr. Clifton is offers quality family, general, cosmetic, periodontic and endodontic dentistry at our Durham dental office. We are always accepting new patients and always look forward to seeing new faces in the office. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please fill out our appointment request form online or contact us, and one of our team members will assist you. We look forward to seeing you at our office soon!