Meet Our Team

Merchant Team

 

Our dental practice is made up of a group of talented individuals. We are a small team of dental professionals who truly enjoy working together and it shows! We are easygoing, humorous at times, and want nothing more than to make you feel at home while in our care. We truly care about you as a patient and will do all we can to provide you with a relaxing experience. With many years of experience in the field of dentistry, our team is confident we can provide you with the highest quality dental care–you deserve it! Get to know us individually by reading our bios below:


merchant-mary-janeMary Jane Rumley | Registered Dental Hygienist

I was destined to be in the dental world. My father was a dentist, my mother was a dental hygienist and I worked as a sterilization tech in my father’s practice in high school. Although I attempted to escape the inevitable by pursuing other careers such as graphic design and boat restoration, my fate took suit and here I am. I went to Pierce College and graduated top of my class. I have been in practice since 2003. I love working with Dr. Merchant and the staff. I feel like I have found my dental home. I am one happy camper.

On my off time my two children are my boss. We travel and explore as much as possible. We enjoy taking our big red chair and photographing our adventures as well as the many interesting people we meet along the way. My many hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, and driving with the wind in my hair.


merchant-tonyaTonya York | Registered Dental Hygienist

I have enjoyed working with Dr. Merchant and his staff since 2013 when I began filling in at the office. I joined the practice as a full-time Hygienist in early 2016.

I received my Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Yakima Valley Community College.  I admire getting to know my patients and feel very privileged to be in a field that allows me to impact an individual’s overall health by helping to improve their oral health. I strive to stay current on all aspects of dentistry by reading various articles and attending regular continuing education courses.  I grew up on the harbor and now reside in Olympia with my husband Ryan and two Jack Russell Terriers Jack and Nimble. In my spare time I love traveling, skiing, wake-boarding, hiking, fishing, hunting, and various other outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I thrive on staying busy with my many hobbies and home projects as wellas helping with our family construction business.


merchant-olgaOlga | Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program in 2014. Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, I was a dental assistant for 14 years. This assistant turned hygienist lives with her husband and children on a 10-acre mini farm in Yelm, Washington. My favorite thing about being a hygienist is getting to know each patient’s specific needs and helping meet those needs individually. With a huge compassionate heart and expansive dental knowledge, I truly enjoy helping anxious patients feel at ease.


merchant-bridgetBridget Young | Office Manager

I completed SPSCC’s Dental Assisting Program and began working for Dr. Merchant in 1998. I worked for several years as a dental assistant while at the same time training for the front office. I love to find ways to help people smile. From scheduling to insurance billing, I am your advocate. It is important to me that every patient feels confident and at ease while in our care. Changing your smile can transform your life! I married my high school sweetheart and together we have 4 children and one grandchild. I enjoy spending time with my family, running, gardening, road trips and raising chickens on our “mini farm”.


merchant-abbeyAbbey Felix | Registered Dental Assistant/Front Office Assistant

I graduated from South Puget Sound Community College and directly started working with Dr. Merchant. I have been lucky enough to have one dental home where I have been able to excel in assisting and learning the complex workings of the front office. Working in both front and back office, I have to opportunity to follow a patient from diagnosing to restorative care and finish through financial billing. I enjoy helping a patient understand all aspects of their dental care and easing any fears that may arise. Throughout the years I have truly gained friendships with our patients. I look forward to sharing all the exciting times to come.


merchant-intaInta Basnet | Registered Dental Assistant

I am passionate about serving my customers and I love my job. I strive to provide our guests the best service I know they deserve. I enjoy helping our guests, one “smile” at a time.

Born and raised in Nepal, I have called Lacey, WA home since 2008. Upon graduating from South Puget Sound Community College in June 2016, I started serving customers at Dr. Merchant’s office starting August of 2016.

I enjoy travelling and new experiences entice me. I have a three-year-old son and whenever I can, I try to enjoy family time with him and my husband.


merchant-leslieLeslie Merchant | Marketing Coordinator

I am a New Orleans transplant who now calls Olympia home. With a degree from University of New Orleans (yes, it is an actual accredited university) and a teaching certificate from St. Mary’s College in California, I have held a variety of positions from running a child care center in Louisiana to teaching fourth grade in Washington. I wear several hats in the office including social media manager, front desk helper and staff “videographer.” Working alongside this fabulous team has been a highlight for me this past year. I love our dental family! Outside of the office, I am busy managing my future Olympic athlete and my future Queen of fashion. Our family loves the Pacific Northwest where we can play in the Puget Sound in the summer and snow ski at Crystal Mountain in the winter.

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