Meet Our Dental Providers

Erin Merrifield, D.M.D.
General Dentist

Dr. Merrifield says, “I strive to work with my patients to provide the best and highest quality care while listening to their desires and expectations and making sure they truly understand and are comfortable with the treatment recommendations.”

“I was initially attracted to dentistry by its fusion of art, science, and medicine. I noticed the strong bond my childhood dentist always had with his patients and appreciated the patient-doctor interactions. I love building a relationship with my patients and providing them with a service that not only fits their needs and improves their health but that also makes them more eager to share their smiles with the world.”   

After graduating from Western Washington University, Dr. Merrifield received her Dental Degree from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. To keep up with evolving technology, she’s a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association and the Snohomish County Dental Society.

Dr. Merrifield says, “I love traveling, swimming, and spending quality time with my husband and my family, especially my nieces and nephews!  My husband and I also enjoy cooking and wine tasting in Eastern Washington.”


B.S., Biology–Western Washington University
D.M.D.–Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine


American Dental Association
Washington State Dental Association
Snohomish County Dental Society

Harsimran Kaur, D.D.S

General Dentist

John E. Monroe, D.D.S.

General Dentist

Stan Lin, D.D.S


A Portland native, Dr. Lin is proud of the work he has performed on his patients and is committed to providing the highest standard of quality and care.

Dr. Lin earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound before obtaining his D.D.S. from New York University School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation from dental school, he relocated to the island of Maui to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate through the Lutheran Medical Center and he remained in Hawaii and practiced as a general dentist for 3 years before beginning his post doctorate Endodontic residency. He received his Endodontics Certificate from Oregon Health & Science University. He also speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Dr. Lin enjoys diving, paddle boarding, playing basketball, and traveling to unique places such as Antarctica.

B.S., Economics–University of Puget Sound
D.D.S.–New York University School of Dental Medicine
Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from Lutheran Medical Center
Endodontics Certificate–Oregon Health & Science University

American Association of Endodontists
American Dental Association
Hawaii Dental Association

Ramtin Amini, D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Amini's philosophy is to provide outstanding care while working with his patients to establish a comprehensive treatment plan. As a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon he appreciates his role in providing pain relief to his patients through often complex surgical procedures. He believes strongly in communicating with his dental colleagues to coordinate optimal care for his patients. Dr. Amini has a special interest in dental implants, bone grafting, and wisdom teeth extractions.

Dr. Amini received his D.D.S. from Tehran University and practiced as a general dentist in Iran for four years. After moving to America, he graduated from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and was awarded his D.M.D. Dr. Amini then pursued his passion for surgery at Drexel University where he later received his M.D. Upon completion of a two year General Surgery residency, he continued his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. After fourteen years of post-graduate training, Dr. Amini moved to Washington State to practice the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He's a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons among many others.

Away from his practice, Dr. Amini enjoys skiing, tennis, and relaxing with his family.


D.D.S. – Tehran University School of Dental Medicine

D.M.D. – Boston University School of Dental Medicine

M.D.  – Drexel University College of Medicine


American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Pennsylvania Dental Association; Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Honor Dental Society); American Dental Association

Aravind Buddula, D.M.D., M.D.S.

Dr. Aravind Buddula’s father, a pediatric surgeon, served as his initial inspiration and played a key role in shaping his career. He loves treating his patients and giving them the gentle care they need for great oral health. Delivering periodontal services at multiple Gentle Dental offices throughout the Seattle region, he brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to each patient’s care.

His love for his profession is reflected in his achievements. While studying Dentistry at a top dental school in his home country of India, Dr. Buddula received an award from the International College of Dentists for achieving the highest marks in Prosthodontics. He furthered his education with a Masters of Dental Surgery in Periodontics from the College of Dental Surgery in Manipal, India. He went on to pursue a Certificate in Public Health at the Oklahoma University of Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then attained his D.M.D degree at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Buddula made the Dean’s Honor Roll for his exemplary performance on the National Dental Board examination, and was selected by the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to complete his Fellowship in Periodontology and Masters in Biomedical Sciences. His work there earned him the Dental Student Award for outstanding achievements from the American Academy of Periodontology. Especially interested in implant surgery, he has multiple articles on this topic in international, peer-reviewed journals, and his papers have been accepted for presentations at various national and international conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association.

Recognizing that patient care and understanding are the essence of any health profession, Dr.Buddula has genuine love and concern for his patients. This fact was acknowledged when he was placed amongst the best periodontists in patient care at the Mayo Clinic, based exclusively upon the positive patient feedbacks he received.

In his spare time, Dr.Buddula enjoys watching movies and playing cricket. He is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.


D.M.D., Dentistry – Tufts School of Dental Medicine

M.D.S. – College of Dental Surgery (India)

M.S., Periodontics – Mayo Clinic


American Dental Association; American Academy of Periodontology

Sookyung Jun, D.D.S.
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Jun says, “I always wanted to be in the health care field–I wanted to be able help people in some way. Honestly, dentistry is a very physical and energy-consuming job. As a pediatric dentist, it’s even more difficult since I have to take my time to talk to them and show them what we will be doing during each visit. But when I see the progress in my little patients’ behavior: that’s when I feel so excited about my profession!”

After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Kinesiology, Dr. Jun received her Dental Degree from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine. She received her Pediatric Dentistry Certificate from St. Barnabas Hospital. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, she’s a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She also speaks Korean.

Away from the office, Dr. Jun enjoys the cinema and trying different restaurants in the city.


B.S., Kinesiology–University of Southern California
D.M.D.–Tufts School of Dental Medicine
Pediatric Dentistry Certificate–St. Barnabas Hospital


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Sara Howe, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Howe says, "For me dentistry is a unique blend of science and art which allows me to improve peoples heath and self-image. It is rewarding to build relationships with patients throughout their treatment and share in their excitement when they discover their beautiful new smiles. I'm genuinely interested in my patients' goals and concerns and I enjoy explaining their options and getting their input on their course of treatment."

After graduating with a Biology degree from Baylor University, Dr. Howe received her D.D.S. from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She then proceeded to earn her M.S. and Orthodontics Certificate from the University of Iowa School of Dental Medicine. To stay aware of evolving technology, she's a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association.

In her free time, Dr. Howe can be found outdoors: hiking, biking, tennis and volleyball. She likes a good read and playing with her dog Riley.


B.S., Biology–Baylor University

D.D.S.–University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Orthodontics Certificate–University of Iowa School of Dental Medicine


American Association of Orthodontics

American Dental Association

About Gentle Dental Marysville

When you walk into our Gentle Dental Marysville dentist office you are the most important person. That’s why we work diligently to make you feel welcome and comfortable. You are never an interruption to our work, but rather the reason we work so hard. At Gentle Dental Marysville, our dentists and friendly staff will take the time to listen to your dental needs and concerns to provide the most comprehensive and personalized care and solutions to your individual needs. Our Gentle Dental Marysville office caries the most state-of-the-art facilities while providing a relaxing and comfortable environment. Our dental specialists look forward to establishing a long-lasting relationship with you to ensure a brighter and more radiant smile that exudes confidence.

Gentle Dental Marysville dentists are strongly tied to the Marysville community and have been actively caring for the dental needs of the Marysville residents for over 10 years. Gentle Dental Marysville dentists are held to the highest degree of dental care and are trusted in a wide variety of dental specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, regular examinations, professional cleanings, x-rays, veneers, sealants, fillings, crowns and bridges, teeth implants, dentures, root canals, teeth whitening, and braces and all aspects of general dentistry to make your smile a healthy and radiant smile.

What are you waiting for? A beautiful smile is only a phone call away. Call today to schedule your first appointment with your dentist.

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3943 116th Street NE
Marysville, WA 98271
Call: 360-226-2522
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Monday8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM to 4:00 PM