karen payne


Karen has been a long time team member of the practice. She received her B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves working with people and believes patients should be treated like family. Outside of work, she enjoys her family. She is married with two step children and four step granddaughters. She also enjoys golf and following UNC Tarheel Sports. Karen is also a lover of all animals, especially cats!


Kaleigh graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College with an Associate in Medical Office Administration. Being the newest member of our practice, she loves her new profession as a dental assistant. Her goal is to make every patient feel comfortable during any dental procedures while in our office. Kaleigh has lived in Asheville her whole life, and is excited as she’s getting married in the summer of 2017. She loves being with her friends and family, and serving in her church where she’s involved in many areas.


Nikki is so excited to have joined the Caruso Dental team! She is an Asheville native and graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Health Sciences. She (of course) is an avid Clemson fan- Go Tigers! Nikki has been in the dental field for 12 years. She is married to her husband Nick, and they have 3 boys – Waylon, Mason, and Beau, that keep her on her toes! She loves to run, hike, garden, and read.

Maddie Frisby

Maddie graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and a diploma in Dental Assisting. She loves making patients feel comfortable in her chair, getting to know them, and helping them achieve and maintain good oral health. She is a Madison County native and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, seeing live music, reading, and being outdoors.
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