Dr. Brian Merkel


Dr. Merkel has been practicing dentistry for over twenty years and takes great pride in being a skilled technician.  First earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from Oakland University in 1976, Dr. Merkel then decided to go to dental school.  Enrolling in the University of Michigan Dental School, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1984.  Opening his first office in Ypsilanti in 1984, Dr. Merkel has been in Saline for the past twelve years. In his free time, Dr. Merkel enjoys spending time with his six dogs and riding motorcycles.  Dr. Merkel is married and lives in Ypsilanti.







Office Manager

Kelly has been with Dr. Merkel since 2010.  She has been in the dental field for 15+ years and loves all of its many challenges.  Her background includes time working as a customer service representative, trainer and quality control manager.  She is very knowledgeable regarding dental insurance and is more than happy to help with patient questions.  When not working, Kelly enjoys attending sporting events, especially Detroit Tiger games, and spending time at her cottage with her husband and four children.




Office/Patient Coordinator, RDH

Jennifer graduated from Ferris State University, May 2002 with a degree in dental hygiene. She started working for Dr. Merkel in 2002 and loves being able to build rapport with our patients and educate them on good oral health. Jennifer recently started working at the front desk helping patients navigate their insurance and help them understand various dental procedures. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends. 



Registered Dental Hygienist (RD

Jessica has worked for Dr. Merkel since June 2013. She obtained her dental hygiene degree at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Jessica has experience as a traveling RDH in a variey of offices including pedodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists. Her upbeat attitude and friendly demeanor make children of all ages comfortable-as well as adults!                                                                                                      








Dental Assistant

Ashley trained chiarside for one year before completing a dental assistant program via Penn Foster and dental radiography at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Ashley has been in the dental field for 10 years and strives for patient education, comfort, and care. In her free time, Ashley enjoys watching movies, running 5 K's, being a foodie or anything to do with her partner Ryan and twin daughters Aryana and Natalie.