Meet Dr. Merchant & Team

Dr. Merchant

Dr. Alpa Merchant received her DDS degree at The University of Texas,Houston in 1996. After graduation, she briefly practiced in Lake Jackson TX for about 6 months before relocating to Tucson in early 1997 after meeting her husband. She has been practicing dentistry in Tucson since.

Dr. Merchant believes that educating her patients regarding their dental health is a top priority. Each patient is given her undivided attention at every visit, with in-depth conversation to understand their concerns regarding their treatment options, whether it be for restorative or cosmetic dental care. 

She has participated in dental mission trips to India as well as to Guatemala. She has received awards for her work on fixed prosthodontics techniques.

Her hobbies include cycling, swimming, running, cooking and reading. Dr. Merchant and her husband have hiked in many beautiful parts of the world. She visits family in India and other parts of the US frequently.

 Dr. Alpa Merchant is a member of:

        • American Dental Association (ADA)
        • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
        • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Qualified Dentist ( Diplomate in May2021)
        • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
        • Arizona Dental Association (AzDA)
        • Southern Arizona Dental Society (SADS)

My name is Stephanie, I am the dental hygienist at the office. I have been a dental hygienist since 2012.
I love my job because I get to interact with my patients and try to make them feel as comfortable as possible while they are in my chair.

I did not take great care of my teeth as a child so I can relate to patients who have to receive a lot of dental treatment. The best feeling is when I can make somebody feel confident about their smile and their oral health. This office is the perfect fit for me because we are all honest and always put the patients first.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and my dog. I am a huge Disney fan and I will try to go to a Disney theme park as often as possible. I enjoy baking almost as much as I enjoy eating what I bake and I love to make decorations and crafts.


Hello, my name is Kathi. I have worked in the dental front office field for over 30 years.  I am one of the newer faces here at Dr Merchants. 

I am here to help our patients have the best experience possible taking the time to listen, answer any questions or concerns that you may have, providing great customer service and patient care. It is important to me that each of you enjoy a feeling of ease and confidence in our office.

I love working with this group of amazing people. It is a proud feeling to be a part of a team that strives to be a place where the genuine care and comfort of our patients is our highest priority. On my off time I enjoy spending time with our children, and grandchildren.  My husband and I enjoy getting out camping and fishing.  We have 3 cats that rule our household with velvet paws.



My name is Dulce. I have been a dental assistant for over 14 years. I became and dental assistant because I enjoy helping others

I believe that healthy mouth is the foundation for good overall general health. I enjoy helping patients achieve great oral health and a beautiful smile. I am here to answer your questions and explain what we are doing step by step. I want you to be comfortable during your dental visit.

In my off time I stay busy with my mom, brother, and our dogs. I enjoy movies especially classics.


KatelynHello, my name is Katelyn and I am a dental assistant. I have been in the dental field full time for 10 years. Initially I got into dentistry because of my mother. She is also a dental assistant and after my sport's practices I would walk to her office and help out. During college I continued to assist in the dental office during my breaks. After I graduated with my bachelors I was offered a full time job as an assistant. Instead of taking on master's loans I said, "yes" and have stayed in dentistry ever since!

In 2014 I moved to Arizona from Chicago. Both my husband and I were born and raised in Illinois. However, our passion for football varies greatly as I am a Green Bay Packers fan and he is a Chicago Bears fan. Talk about a divided household during football season! In our free time we like to travel, run, hike, and play with our rescue pup Harley. 


My name is Desiree.  I started my career as a dental assistant with Dr. Merchant in 2014.  I know that for many individuals going to the dentist can be a scary experience, I like to help make that anxiety and fear go away by talking to our patients, answering any questions they may have and explaining the procedure that they are there for and what they can expect before Dr. Merchant begins treatment. 

As a team, Dr. Merchant and I will make sure that your procedure is completed seamlessly and without discomfort.  We take pride in giving our patients the absolute best in dental care and utilize modern technology to help us achieve this. 

 When my husband and I are not busy chasing down our 3 dogs or swimming with them, I love to read.  My favorite times are when our 3 adult children come home for visits and cooking with my son on the holidays.