About Your Dentist

Christopher D. Merchant, DDS

"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!

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Praveena Velupula, DDS

“Improving lives, one smile at a time!”

My Mission

“It is our mission to improve the quality of life and health of our patients. Through trust and honesty, we strive to forge a long-term relationship of oral health and overall well-being with you. I look forward to being a part of your journey!”

Education & Continuing Education

Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, OhioTwo-Year Periodontal Residency

University of Wales College of Medicine – Cardiff, WalesDoctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Velupula is a member of DOCS Education and stays focused on keeping current with minimal and moderate sedation techniques.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Velupula is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association, and the Thurston County Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

Outside of the office, Dr. Velupula loves exploring and enjoys forest bathing, being by the water, and spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys reading about integrated medicine and is always looking for ways to incorporate that into her quest for wellness! She moved to Olympia after meeting her awesome husband eighteen years ago. They have two lovely children together and are so grateful to be raising them in the wonderful Pacific Northwest!