About Your Dentist
“Always wear a smile, because your smile is the reason for others to smile." – Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Committed to Exceptional, Comprehensive Care
Dr. Downing is proud to provide a wide variety of dental services for the Chehalis community that range from routine cleanings and fillings to surgical, cosmetic, and restorative treatments.
Dr. Richard Downing is an experienced, dedicated dentist that has made it his mission to provide each and every patient with comfortable, personalized dental care. Using the latest, most up-to-date technologies and techniques from multiple post-graduate courses and lectures, Dr. Downing brings world-class dental care to the Chehalis community.
Dr. Downing earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the prestigious University of Washington School of Dentistry – one of the best dental programs in the country. He then pursued advanced training by attending several post-graduate courses offered by some of the most renowned dental institutes across the country.
Dr. Downing has participated in advanced educational courses at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida and the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. He also attended the Scottsdale Institute’s CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics) Doctors Mentor program.
Giving back to the community is a central tenet of Dr. Downing’s professional philosophy. For the past seven years, he has taken part in Dentistry From the Heart’s Annual Free Dental Day during which, he is able to provide much needed dental services to economically disadvantaged patients.
Recently, Dr. Downing has increased his commitment to the community by working in conjunction with The Washington Oral Health Foundation and Smile Mobile. In collaboration with these organizations, Dr. Downing is able to expand his reach and offer much needed dental treatment to the traditionally underserved segments of the Chehalis community.
Each year, Dr. Downing sees over one hundred patients through his various community efforts and provides over $50,000 in free dental services.
When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Downing loves to spend time with his wife, Michelle and their children, Hunter (7), Forrest (3), and Archer (1). His favorite leisure activities include fishing, hunting, working out, backpacking, and traveling.
Dr. Le's passion is helping patients to save teeth for life, and to make visiting to the dentist a positive experience to her patients. She strives to deliver the best dentistry can provides, and to introduce patients to all the possibilities dentistry can improve their dental condition. She hopes to motivate her patients to seek the best option of care for themselves and partner with them to maintain healthy dentition for life.
University of Washington School of Dentistry - Seattle, WA, Doctor of Dental Surgery
University of Washington - Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Dr. Le has advanced training in Cosmetic Dentistry, sedation, Invisalign, and has been placing and restoring dental implants since 1998.
Life & Hobbies
Dr. Le came to the US from Vietnam at 20 years old. She considers Olympia Wa her second hometown since it is the place where she lived for the first 2 years coming to America. She then moved up to Seattle to attend college. After graduating from Dental school in 1994, she opened her first practice in Everett. She has lived in Dallas TX for 10 years from 2004. In 2014 she decided to move back home and live in Olympia to be close to my family. She considers dentistry as her biggest "hobby". She is so fortunate to be in a career that she loves and when you love what you do, it is a blessing. Her second love in life is travel. She had spent all her off time visiting different places in the US and abroad, learning the culture of each place she visits.
"Excellence and Compassion in Dental Care"
"We are a team dedicated to creating an environment of compassion, professionalism, and warmth. We strive to make our patients comfortable and healthy through the highest quality of care. We are highly trained and passionate about providing dental care that meets our patients' health and cosmetic need throughout their lifetime."
- Bachelor of Arts, Honors Program with International Emphasis - Washington State University
- Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of Washington
- General Practice Residency: Chief Resident for Dental Program - Louisiana State University Medical Health Center
Continuing Education & Professional Memberships:
- American Dental Association
- Thurston County Dental Society
- Washington State Dental Association
Dr. Merchant also has advanced training in Invisalign and Botox cosmetic procedures, and participates in continuing education in other various fields of dentistry to stay current on the latest field advancements.
Life & Hobbies:
Dr. Merchant grew up in Olympia and has a great affection for all it has to offer, as there is so much to do, right outside our doors. He enjoys biking, skiing and exploring the Puget Sound waterways. He and his wife have two children whom you can see them driving to various activities. They keep them very busy, and they wouldn't have it any other way!