We are proud to welcome Seattle Kids Dentistry to our growing organization. This partnership brings SALT to a total of 13 strategic partnerships and 40 practice locations!
Located in the heart of Seattle at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, Seattle Kids Dentistry will continue to be led by its founders Dr. Kristi Linsenmayer and Dr. Purva Merchant. They believe that every child is unique and should have personalized dental care in a child-friendly environment.
Dr. Kristi Linsenmayer is a Pacific Northwest native and a long-time resident of the Queen Anne area of Seattle. She has been practicing dentistry since 1993 and is a graduate of the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry. In 2007, she completed her specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry, receiving a MS in Dentistry degree with a certificate in pediatric dentistry. During her specialty training, she also received a Master’s degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) from the UW School of Public Health Department of Maternal and Child Health with a specific interest in the oral health of pregnant women intertwined with that of their child.
Dr. Linsenmayer has spent her professional career working in American Indian/Alaska Native health with over a decade of practice at the Seattle Indian Health Board, and is currently associated with the Indian Health Service throughout Washington and various communities and villages of Southeast Alaska bringing dental care to populations -at-risk. Dr. Linsenmayer is also a member of the advisory council of the national Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She is published in Pediatrics, the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry and the Journal of Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology. Additionally, she recently lectured at ‘Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality’ and ‘National Urban AI/AN Health Conference’. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Linsenmayer enjoys an active lifestyle, which includes running, yoga and bicycling.
Dr. Merchant loves children, and working with them brightens her day! In 2007, she moved to the Seattle area with the mindset to open her own pediatric dental office. With a warm and caring personality and years of experience working with kids, providing a fun, comfortable and educational experience for children and parents alike is her specialty. With the vision of serving kids in impoverished communities, Dr. Merchant routinely partners with Global Dental Relief providing free & much needed dental care to thousands of children in remote parts of the world, including India, Nepal and Guatemala.
A former Miss India, Dr. Merchant has a Masters Degree in Dentistry and a Pediatric Dentistry specialization from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. She is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, an honor representing the highest possible credentials within the field of dentistry. Dr. Merchant is also certified in the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Her areas of focus include all areas of prevention, treatment and special needs, and she believes in using the latest advancements in dental technology to deliver the best possible care to her patients. Outside of the office, you’ll find Purva kayaking, hiking, traveling to far away lands, practicing her headstand techniques, scuba diving, painting and living life to the fullest.
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