You Are in Excellent Hands

Seattle Kids Dentistry believes that every child is unique and should get personalized dental care in a kid-friendly environment, along with the inspiration and education needed to maintain a lifetime of great dental health. Our team is here to make sure you and your child’s experience is an incredible one, and we look forward to creating beautiful smiles… one family at a time.

Dr. Kristi Linsenmayer

Pediatric Dentist DDS, MPH, MSD

“I love what I do!  As a pediatric dentist,  I get to help families learn about the importance of good  oral health, and we know that children with good oral health habits invariably become adults with good oral health habits. We work together so that the experience of going to the dentist remains a positive one – for the child and family”.

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.

Professional Affiliations:
Member, AAPD‐American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2007
Member, WSAPD-Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2007
Past President, Member, Northwest Pediatric Dentistry Study Club, since 2009
Associate Faculty, University of Washington School of Dentistry, since 1997
Associate Faculty, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, since 2004

Dr. Purva Merchant

Pediatric Dentist BDS, MSD

“Seattle Kids Dentistry is my longtime dream come true. After hearing about so many negative dental experiences my generation had as children, it was my goal to give kids a new perspective about going to the dentist and to get them excited about their dental health by creating a positive, fun filled, educational experience.”

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.

Professional Affiliations:
Fellow, ABPD ‐ American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2009
Member, AAPD‐ American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2005
Member, Northwest Pediatric Dentistry Study Club, since 2008
Member, Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry Study Club, since 2009
Associate Faculty, University of Washington Dept of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2011

 

Dr. Shamim Sabeti

Pediatric Dentist B.Sc, DDS

“Seattle Kids Dentistry is my happy place! Beyond promoting oral health, I strive to build community and embrace healthy living. As a pediatric dentist, I see each interaction as a cherished opportunity to connect with my patients and their families. I believe that a positive attitude, active lifestyle, and healthy nutrition lead to better quality of life.”

Born and raised in Illinois, Dr. Sabeti is a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, where she also finished her 2-year pediatric dental residency. She also completed a one year General Practice Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York receiving specialized training in hospital dentistry.

Dr. Sabeti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has been in private practice since 2012. She is passionate about educating children and their families on the importance of oral health. Her enthusiasm and energy help create a comfortable and fun environment for children of all ages and needs.

When she’s not in the office, Dr. Sabeti enjoys movement and expression of all kinds, especially yoga and dance. She is a health and food enthusiast and loves to explore and appreciate her new backyard of the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Fluent in Farsi and Spanish, Dr. Sabeti has had the opportunity to live and serve communities in Dominican Republic and Bolivia and is enthusiastic about taking her skills with her to many other places around the world.

Professional Affiliations:
Fellow, ABPD ‐ American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2012
Member, AAPD‐American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2010
Member, WSAPD-Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, since 2016

Neesha

Patient Care Coordinator

“Having a confident smile during your growing up years is very important. I truly care about my patients and it brings me great joy to make sure they leave Seattle Kids Dentistry with a smile!”

Neesha was born and raised in Washington and attended an accredited dental assisting program in Seattle where she was drawn to working in the dental front office. Maintaining and scheduling appointments for a multiple doctor office is no easy task, but Neesha does it effortlessly and with a smile. When she is not at the office, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her son Aiden, who have both found their passion for hiking and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest.

Erin

Business Coordinator

“I find great satisfaction in balancing the needs of the patients with those of the practice. What I love most about working with children & families is that we laugh every single day!”

Erin has been working in dentistry for the last 20+ years and joined our team in 2018. She started out on the clinical side and loved working with children from the very beginning. Helping kids to overcome their fears and challenges has been incredibly rewarding for her. She migrated through the dental field to the administrative side, so has a deep understanding of all aspects of dentistry.

In her free time Erin loves to read, hike and explore the region and spend time with family, friends and her dog Lucy.

MaryAnn

Registered Dental Assistant

“I love working with apprehensive children that come to the office, then leave happy and proud of themselves, knowing that I provided a positive and fun experience for them at Seattle Kids Dentistry.”

MaryAnn attended an accredited dental assisting program at Edmonds Community College. She has worked as a pediatric dental assistant for over 40 years, both in Washington and Florida. She has the ability to ease children in the dental setting with the ‘tell, show, do’ method, along with humor and fun. Mary Ann collects Wizard of Oz memorabilia, she loves amusement parks, especially riding roller coasters. She basically is a ‘BIG’ kid at heart.

Acacia

Registered Dental Assistant

“Working with kids is my passion! At a children’s dentist it’s so crucial to make every child feel comfortable and safe. Making their visits fun makes me happy!”

Acacia was born and raised in Poulsbo – Washington and recently moved to Seattle to be with her husband. She completed a dental assistant program in Kenmore and knew that pediatric dentistry was for her. With her experience around kids, she is able to make dental visits fun for them. Her goal is to never have a kid leave the office with a fear of coming back. When she’s not in the office, Acacia goes hiking, camping, skiing and plays lots of board games with her husband and friends

Makayla

Registered Dental Assistant

“I love working with kids because they’re so humorous! I never feel like I’m at work, I always have a good time at Seattle Kids Dentistry.”

Makayla attended dental assisting school when she was in high school. The favorite part of her job is educating patients on dental hygiene and how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. She volunteers her free time to a program called Project Girl Mentoring Program as a mentor to middle-school girls. Makayla is passionate about everything she does and enjoys giving back to others in any way she can.

Lacey

Registered Dental Assistant

“I love working with kids! It is very rewarding to approach dentistry in a way that leaves a child excited to come to the dentist and proud of themselves!”

Born and raised in WA, Lacey attended Clover Park Technical College before relocating to Oregon to begin her career in children’s dentistry. After seven years, she moved to Australia providing volunteer care at a children’s dental clinic and for an aboriginal community. These experiences solidified her love for both travel & dentistry. Lacey is currently in school to become a dental hygienist. She enjoys climbing, backpacking, and running. When she’s not soaking up the outdoors, you’ll find her cuddling her two adorable long haired chihuahuas – Zorro and Pica Fresca.

Katherine

Registered Dental Assistant

“Working at Seattle Kids Dentistry is a nice balance for me with my other jobs in adult general dentistry. Children always add some excitement and fun to the work day.”

Katherine lives on peaceful Vashon island. She has been a registered dental assistant for over 40 years! Katherine holds a B.A. in Art Education K-12 and loves to work around children. She has been a resident of Vashon for over 18 years and has worked in Vashon school district for 4 of those years. When she isn’t working on teeth, Katherine enjoys walking her dog, tennis and skiing with her husband and grown children, and spending time working on her home and property.