Meet Dr. Steven J. Merchant, DDS

Dr. Steven Merchant grew up in Hacienda Heights, CA and attended Whittier College and Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago.  He has over 15 years of experience in endodontics, and 20 years in dentistry.  His professional experience includes practicing general dentistry in private practice, public health and at a Veterans’ Affairs hospital.  He has also served as a part-time clinical instructor at the UCLA School of Dentistry while in general practice.  He completed a general practice residency in 2001 and specialty training in endodontics at the Long Beach Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in 2005.  

Dr. Merchant is a founding fellow of the International Academy of Endodontics.  In addition, he founded and led the North County San Diego Dental Study Group between 2010 and 2013.  He has lectured on topics including endodontic diagnosis, endodontic prognosis, improving endodontic outcomes with the surgical operating microscope and utilization of cone beam computed tomography in endodontics.  

Dr. Merchant is a member of the San Diego County Dental Society, California Dental Association and the American Dental Association.   He was awarded the American Association of Public Health Dentistry – Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award, AADS Warner-Lambert Preventive Dentistry Award, the Donna Roberts Olsen People’s Clinic Award, the Arm & Hammer – Dental Care Award, the American College of Dentists Outstanding Leader Award and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Annual Award.  He was elected membership into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.

Dr. Merchant is a board member and supporter of the Sean O’shea Foundation.  The Sean O’shea Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to help youth develop life skills that support them to take responsibility for their life, develop respect from themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential. 

When Dr. Merchant is not caring for patients, he is spending time with his wife Kim and their children.  They love being involved in activities with the kids and spending quality time with friends and family.  Together they especially enjoy visiting new places, RV camping, soccer, swimming and yoga.