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!

Trisha Le, DDS

My Mission

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.


Doctor of Dental Surgery
University of Washington School of Dentistry - Seattle, WA

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Continuing Education

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.

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

Two-Year Periodontal Residency
Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, Ohio

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

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!