Blaine Harbor Dental features new staff, services
By Jack Kintner
Dr. Patrick Rooney of Blaine Harbor Dental announced last week that pediatric dentist Dr. Purva Merchant joined his staff last week, and that he also now has available the services of Dr. David Dormans, a trained dental anesthesiologist.
“Adding these people will allow for a higher level of advanced care to be provided for the most needy children in our greater Whatcom community,” Rooney said.
Dr. Merchant attended dental school in India and studied her specialty for two years at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating last June. Her practice will focus on children 12 and under, Rooney said.
Since graduating Dr. Merchant has been working as a locum tenens, a term used for someone who is qualified to takes over a professional practice temporarily.
She has been working in dental offices in the Seattle area where her husband, Aakash, is employed by Microsoft. The two are newlyweds, recently married in a civil ceremony and plan to return to India this year, she said, for the family ceremony.
“I love working with children,” said Dr. Merchant, “because it’s a chance to play and have fun while getting something good accomplished.”
Dormans, whose traveling Puget Sound Outpatient Anesthesia practice is based in Anacortes, began working with Dr. Merchant and Dr. Rooney this month.
His services range from conscious sedation, in which the patient is sedated but remains awake, to a general anesthesia, resulting in a complete loss of consciousness throughout the treatment period.
“This is a good option for young patients with difficult problems or those who are unable to understand or cooperate with treatment,” Rooney said, “because it allows for treatment of patients with behavioral issues and is both more private and less expensive than having to go to a hospital when the use of anesthesia is indicated.”
Both Dr. Merchant and Dr. Dormans’ services are covered by DSHS.
Blaine Harbor Dental is located at 215 Marine Drive in Blaine. For more information, call 332-2400.