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Spencer Rowan DDS
Creed Rowan DMD
Dentist in Merced, CA

Meet the Team at Creed Rowan DMD

Hello, and welcome to our office. Our goal is to maintain dental health.  We strive to do so by providing dentistry in a comfortable environment in a caring manner. We are committed to your health and smile. We provide a comprehensive dental examination to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of your dental needs. Together, we develop a plan to address your needs and return your mouth to optimum health.

Spencer Rowan, DDS

Dr. Spencer Rowan has shown exemplary clinical skills, vast knowledge of current dentistry protocols, and an amazing ability to connect with our patients. He loves educating patients on ways to restore and maintain oral health. He feels a well-educated patient is a key to long-term dental health.

Having conversations with patients and helping people with anxiety feel more comfortable in the dental chair are rewarding to Dr. Rowan. He also appreciates building long-term relationships with his community and creating a positive work environment for his team.

Dr. Rowan was born and raised in Merced before leaving to obtain his education. He attended Brigham Young University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management before completing dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he graduated near the top of his class. Following that, he furthered his education by attending a General Practice Residency program at the Hospital for Veterans Affairs in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he gained experience in many facets of dentistry, including complex restorative, oral and implant surgery, removable prosthodontics, and oral and IV moderate sedation. While at the VA, Dr. Spencer was honored to provide dental service and care to our military veterans. 

When he's away from the dental practice, Dr. Rowan spends hours on his road bike in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He enjoys several backpacking trips throughout the year. In the winter, Dr. Rowan is an avid snowboarder and is just picking up skiing. At home, you will often find Dr. Rowan gardening to unwind.

Dr. Laura Rowan, DDS

Dr. Laura Rowan is a South Pasadena, CA native, and she attended UC Davis, where she earned her undergraduate degree. Dr. Rowan then went on to earn her DDS at UCLA School of Dentistry.

Dr. Rowan became interested in dentistry just after high school. She greatly admired her orthodontist at the time and liked the similarities between dentistry and art. Her favorite part of dentistry is how a treatment appointment can actually brighten a patient’s day and even boost their self-esteem.

When she’s relaxing, you will often find Dr. Rowan oil and watercolor painting or playing with her dog. When adventuring, Dr. Rowan likes to travel and scuba dive.

Creed Rowan, DMD

Dr. Creed has been in private practice in Merced for more than 35 years. He is a 1977 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. He is certified by the State of California to provide conscious sedation dentistry. Dr. Creed has been dedicated to continuing his dental education and has earned the title of Mentor with the Kois Center in Seattle–a prestigious clinic that teaches dentists across the world the latest advances in esthetics, implant, and restorative dentistry. He is a member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. Dr. Creed has served the local dental community as a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Dental Association and as president of the Yosemite Dental Society.

Dr. Creed comes from a long tradition of dentistry. His father, Dr. Robert Rowan, had a family practice in Merced for nearly 50 years. Dr. Creed has three brothers who are dentists and a sister who married a dentist. Several of his children are now dentists: his son, Chad, has an orthodontic practice in Merced; his daughter, Rebecca, is also a dentist; and his youngest son, Spencer, is also a dentist who has recently joined us. As you can see, the Rowans have a love for and a commitment to dentistry.

Dr. Creed and his wife, Ellen, are the parents of 5 children and 16 grandchildren. They love spending time with their family. Dr. Creed also enjoys gardening, golf, reading, and traveling. He has worked with the Boy Scouts of America in Merced for several decades. He is also an active member of his church community.

Sandra Montalvo

Sandra is originally from Turlock, CA, and joined our dental team in 2006. As the office manager, she makes sure that everyone feels welcome and that all of the practice responsibilities are taken care of.

When Sandra is away from the office, you will find her spending time with her husband and two boys. They spend a lot of time watching their oldest child play competitive soccer. Family trips to the beach are a favorite for everyone.

Neidi Torres


Neidi is a Merced native and joined our practice in 2018. She got into the dental field because she wanted to help people. People have many fears when it comes to going to the dentist, but she always had positive experiences throughout her life. Neidi is passionate about helping others feel the same way.

Neidi genuinely enjoys getting to know each patient and helping to ease their fears so they can have the dentistry they need to stay healthy. The best reward in dentistry, according to Neidi, is seeing patients smile after their treatment.

When she’s out having fun, you will often find Neidi going to concerts and spending time with her family and friends.

Sara Baskind


Sara is a Mariposa, CA native. Sara started her career in dentistry as a dental assistant and went on to earn her dental hygiene degree from Fresno City College.

Connecting with patients and hearing their stories about their lives and their families is one of Sara’s favorite parts of her job. She also loves educating patients and helping them improve their oral health.

In her free time, you will find Sarah adventuring with her husband on their motorcycle.

Donna Davis

Dental Assistant

Donna is proud to call Merced her hometown, where she earned her dental assisting degree at Merced Junior College. She joined the dental practice in 1999 and loves establishing a great rapport with patients. She has known many of our patients for decades! Making patients feel welcome is one of Donna’s specialties.

In her free time, you will often find Donna spending time with her children and grandchild. She also enjoys taking advantage of sightseeing in the area.

Kim Valladao

Originally from Chowchilla, CA, Kim earned her dental hygiene degree from Fresno City College. She’s been with the practice since 1995 and loves connecting with our patients. She also enjoys celebrating when they achieve improved oral health.

Kim has a side gig in her spare time, helping people reduce chemical levels in their homes. She also loves traveling and going to the beach. She is also crafty and has made several handmade scrapbooks to hold family memories.

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