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 CliftonPractice 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-WalkerScheduling 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.
Carolyn ViningDental 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.
Joy HesterDental Hygienist
Greetings! I am the newest member of Dr. Clifton’s Dental team. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, May of 2020 with my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene and started working with Dr. Clifton in September of 2020. I worked as a Dental Assistant for 5 years and decided to go back to school for Dental Hygiene. I love working with people and helping them improve not only their oral health but also their overall health. I love working at Dr. Clifton’s office and I take pride in creating a safe and comfortable environment for my patients. I am a North Carolina native and I reside in Rougemont, NC. In my free time, I love to workout, write, sing, dance, and spend time with my family, friends, and my Jack Russell baby, Duke.
I am new to North Carolina moving here in spring of 2020 from Upstate New York to start the next chapter of my life. I have been a dental assistant since 1992. It has been a pleasure joining Dr. Clifton and his team. I strive on a daily basis to provide the best care and comfort to our patients. I a mother of two and a grandmother of five.
Natalie RichFinancial Coordinator
Hi! I am originally from Kentucky where I worked in dentistry for several years as an assistant and administrative assistant. I left the dental field after I had my daughter in 2016. I moved to North Carolina in 2019 and worked as an office manager, but found myself missing the dental field. I joined Dr. Clifton’s team in September of 2020 as the financial coordinator. I look forward to helping you in any way that I can, whether it be helping you with insurance, maximizing your benefits, helping Dr. Clifton with your treatment plan, or with financial arrangements. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, a good Netflix binge worthy series, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. I can’t wait to meet you.
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!