Our team

Meet Our Team

We have assembled a very knowledgeable, well-trained clinical staff to assist in the delivery of your dental care. Each assistant and hygienist share our commitment to personal attention and patient satisfaction. We strive to personalize and customize treatment for each patient. Our dental hygiene department provides your preventive care and is highly skilled in the treatment of gum disease and maintaining your oral health. We welcome questions and appreciate you letting us know if we can further customize your care to make your treatment more relaxing/comfortable for you.

Our business staff is also of the highest quality and equally dedicated to providing superior patient care. They provide invaluable support by assisting with insurance and other paperwork as well as maintaining efficient scheduling systems.

Your dental visit is coordinated and performed by a team of experienced and caring dental professionals.

Dr. Nadeem Merchant

Dr. Merchant is a graduate of Boston’s Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Washington, Dr. Merchant left the Northwest to discover the historic city of Boston. Here, he had an opportunity to be mentored by some of the greatest names in dentistry. Dr. Merchant finds dentistry offers him the opportunity to meld the world of art, science and technology to create beautiful smiles. His number one goal has always been to make patients feels as comfortable as possible in his care. This comfort is achieved through a trusting relationship built on patient education, a compassionate and relationship driven staff, and great customer service.

Currently, Dr. Merchant practices general and cosmetic dentistry in Issaquah, WA. At Loving Dentistry, we are dedicated to excellence in dental care and invite you to experience personalized dentistry that will truly make you smile! Dr. Merchant remains committed to several study clubs, continuing education classes, and county, state and national dental associations.

When he is not at work or at a continuing education class, Dr. Merchant enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and three children that make life truly wondrous.

Dr. Joannie Chu

Dr. Joannie Chu is a native San Diegan. She was raised in La Mesa and attended Helix High School. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Physiology and went on to earn her doctorate in dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003.

Immediately upon graduation she moved back home to southern California and had been in private practice in San Diego for 11 years. Before moving to Washington and joining Loving Dentistry, Dr. Chu had the opportunity to work with many other very talented and skilled dental professionals, an experience which has greatly enhanced her knowledge and clinical skills.

Dr. Chu commits herself to high quality continuing education where she learns about new techniques and materials in dentistry for the purpose of providing the best for her patients.

Dr. David Au-Yeung

Dr. David Au-Yeung is a board certified periodontist. Originally from San Francisco, David attended Tufts Dental School in Boston. Upon completing dental school, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), David completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. As part of the residency, the hospital promoted a wide variety of clinical experiences in a hospital setting, among them are oral implantology, emergency medicine, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, and a comprehensive didactic program.

David then moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the 3-year Periodontal Program at Oregon Health and Science University. It is during this time in Portland that he fell in love with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and moved to Seattle. With an easy-going, fun-loving attitude, David is compassionate about providing the best periodontal care. David is part of numerous dental associations and attends many meetings to keep abreast of the latest technologies. David enjoys traveling, leisure reading, eating, and the great outdoors.



Restorative Hygienist


Restorative Hygienist


Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant


Sterilization Tech / Hygiene Assistant


Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienist


Patient Care Coordinator


Patient Care Coordinator


Dental Hygienist

Make An Appointment