Our South Arlington Dentists

Meet our Dentists

Everyone at our comfortable, inviting practice works hard to make you smile. In addition, our friendly staff speaks both English and Spanish to better serve our South Arlington neighbors. Think of Ideal Dental South Arlington as your home for quality dental care.

  1. Rishad Merchant Portrait

    Rishad Merchant, DDS

    General Dentist

    Dr. Merchant grew up in Carrollton, Texas. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. While at Baylor Dr. Merchant was a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Student Dental Association, Asian-American Dental Society, the Hispanic Dental Association, Xi Psi Phi (ZIPS) fraternity, and these involvements enriched his educational experience.

    As a dentist, Dr. Merchant believes he has the opportunity to strengthen his patients’ self-confidence and improve their overall health. He is also extremely passionate and very dedicated to providing the highest level of care for his patients and constantly training to become the best he can be.

    In his free time Dr. Merchant enjoys playing basketball, swimming, watching movies and sports (especially the Mavs and Cowboys), and spending time with his friends and family

  2. Hend Ali Portrait

    Hend Ali, DDS

    General Dentist

    Dr. Ali is a Texas native who grew up in Arlington, Texas. She received her Bachelor in Science Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She then accomplished her dream of becoming a dentist by earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas. During her time at Texas A&M, Dr. Ali was honored to receive a Public Health Sciences award for giving back to underserved communities.  
    Dr. Ali is passionate about helping her patients feel confident about their smiles and oral health while providing high-quality compassionate centered care. Her focus is to create beautiful smiles and build strong relationships with her patients. Dr. Ali is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. 
    Outside of the office, Dr. Ali enjoys spending time with her family and being in nature. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking trails, running, taking Pilates classes, boxing, and baking sweets that keep her in business. 

  3. Philip Pan Portrait

    Philip Pan, DDS


    Dr. Pan considers his journey to the orthodontic field a series of amazing blessings. He grew up in Richardson, Texas and attended Baylor University in Waco for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Pan then completed his dental degree from the University of Texas dental branch in Houston followed by his education in orthodontics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. From his perspective, he had the brightest orthodontic education in the state.

    Dr. Pan has returned home to practice in the great state of Texas but has not left behind all of Alabama. He returns also with an appreciation for international outreach, which he was involved with at his church in Birmingham. When he is not working on teeth, Dr. Pan spends time with his family, watching movies, eating, or reading/thinking about teeth. Dr. Pan believes in every good endeavor, there is a way to serve others. His desire is that this would be achieved through the field of orthodontics.

  4. Garrett Nelson MD Portrait

    Garrett Nelson MD, DDS

    Oral Surgeon

    For over a decade, Dr. Garrett Nelson has been practicing oral surgery in the DFW area. Dentistry is in his family as he is a fourth-generation dentist. Dr. Nelson’s brother is an orthodontist in the Houston area and his father continues to practice dentistry at 72 years of age. Dr. Nelson is committed to the delivery of the best oral surgery treatment and experience possible.

    Dr. Nelson’s clinical experience includes implant dentistry where he utilizes the very latest technology in planning and delivering the very best in clinical care.

    Dr. Nelson studied dentistry at UCLA and studied medicine at Texas Tech. He is a native of Los Angeles but came to Texas to settle down as his new home. He completed his Oral Surgery training at Baylor in Dallas and continues to serve the oral surgery program as an Associate Clinical Professor for over ten years. Many of the current dentists throughout Dallas were once his students.

    Dr. Nelson has four children and lives in Frisco where he enjoys golf, travel, snow skiing and serving his church and community. His newest hobby is running several half marathons a year with his wife, Rachel.

Our Location

Ideal Dental South Arlington

5005 S Cooper St Ste 173
Arlington, TX 76017
(817) 635-6453

Office Hours

Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun Closed
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