About Meridian Campus Family Dental

Do you want a caring dental team that will treat your family like their own? Come join our dental family at Meridian Campus Family Dental. Dr. Carpenter and our team of friendly staff invite patients in Lacey, South Bay and the surrounding areas to enjoy a new level in dental care. We offer expertise and experience, with a caring, compassionate attitude that will put you at ease when you walk through the door. Community and family are important to us and it shows in the care we give to all our patients.

We know choosing a dentist in South Bay for your family is an important decision. You want a dental professional that makes you feel comfortable, while offering excellent care, all with affordable, convenient dental services for your family’s budget. At Meridian Campus Family Dental, we encompass all those elements into caring for your family’s dental health. To learn more about us, see the following pages on our site:

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Meet the Team

Dr. Joshua Carpenter DMD

Joshua Carpenter DMD


Hi, I’m Dr. Joshua Carpenter. I was born and raised in southern Utah. I attended Southern Utah University (SUU) where I met my beautiful wife Sara and we were married in January 2007. We spent our honeymoon in Seattle (touring UW Dental school, romantic, I know) and immediately fell in love with western Washington. We both received our Bachelor of Science degrees from SUU and shortly thereafter we packed our bags and took our show on the road down to sunny southern California. There I attended dental school at Western University of Health Sciences as part of the inaugural class and having been awarded an Army Health Professions Scholarship. Sara also attended school and became a registered dental hygienist. In December 2012 we welcomed our fiery red head, Broxton, into the world and fiery might be an understatement. After graduating dental school the Army brought us back to beautiful western Washington and we made Lacey our home. A couple of short years later we found out that Sara was pregnant again but this time we would welcome two. So in April 2015 the twins were born, Brielle and McCoy, and just like that we were a family of five. After serving the brave soldiers in the Army for 4 years I decided it was time to open my own office. I genuinely enjoy seeing kids and families and being a part of the community where I live, so I am thrilled to bring my talents and expertise into my own neighborhood.

When I’m not at work, which Sara will tell you is not often, I like to cook. My smoker is fired up most weekends. I love being with my family and playing superhero with Broxton. I love to hike, camp and be outdoors. I’m a very average golfer but like to chase the ball around. I love being involved with youth sports because I love what it teaches and I can’t wait to coach my children’s little league teams. I also love to travel and have been all over Mexico, golfing in Cabo has been my favorite. I really am very excited to be a part of this community and I can’t wait to host some block parties to bring our community together and get to know my neighbors.

Sara Carpenter RDH BS

Sara Carpenter RDH BS

Dental Hygienist

Hi everyone, I'm Sara your super friendly dental hygienist. I can't wait to get to know all of you wonderful people as I clean your teeth and teach you how to have a healthy and beautiful smile. A little about me, I received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah in 2009 and an Associate’s in Dental Hygiene from San Joaquin Valley College in Rancho Cucamonga, California in 2011. That makes 5 years I have been making people smile and I hope to continue for many more years to come.

I am so passionate about dentistry and enjoy being able to build relationships with my patients. I love being able to teach people about their dental health and how it relates to their overall health. I take pride in motivating people to change or improve their habits so that they are able to see tangible results. I truly care about everyone and do my very best to treat you as I would treat my own family. My goal is to make every patient feel comfortable in my chair and to ensure that you are motivated to keep your smiles the healthiest they can be.

Dr. Josh and I have been married since January 2007. We have an amazingly wild and crazy 3 year old boy and ridiculously adorable 1 year old boy/girl twins! We are passionate about bettering the community we live in and thats why we chose to open Meridian Campus Family Dental so close to our home. We plan on staying here for years to come as we raise our growing family. I am also active in my church and love to serve in any capacity I can. While being a mom and a dental hygienist keep me very busy I still love to craft and enjoy the outdoors with my family.

I can't wait to meet each and everyone of you and I hope all your dreams come true!

Jennifer McElroy

Jennifer McElroy

Dental Hygienist

"Most kids don't grow up thinking, "I'm going to be a dental hygienist." Well, neither did I. I wanted to be a helicopter pilot or neurosurgeon. Now I don't fly helicopters but I have flown as a bush pilot in Alaska and I know a good neurosurgeon. My name is Jennifer McElroy. Born and raised in Alaska, I pursued dental hygiene at the University of Alaska Anchorage after realizing in nursing school that dental offices are open during daytime hours. After 15 years, I still enjoy getting to know my patients and their families. I genuinely care whether you are comfortable and knowledgeable about your health. I love to visit kids classrooms, participate in health fairs and help in the community whenever I can. I may be a bit of a practical joker and occasionally have a good joke up my sleeve!

When not working, I love traveling, kayaking, crafting/building, fishing (ask me a fun fact about my fishing when you see me), music and theater, and most beaches!

I am so grateful to be a part of the MCFD family!

Always smiling (or singing),


Dr. Carpenter is donating $5 for every new patient that Meridian Campus Family Dental gets every month to a different local non-profit organization.

Thurston County Food Bank Lacey WA

This month for #mcfdcares we chose The Thurston County Food Bank. What an amazing place. If you haven’t been there I highly encourage you go. This place serves so many people in our community and do a great job at it. This year for Thanksgiving they gave out more than 1,300 full turkey dinners. The people who work and volunteer here are some of the most thoughtful and kind people I have ever met. Thank you so much for helping those that need it most in our community and we are honored to be donating to this great cause. Thank you.

October- $500 to TCYFL Rams football Lacey WA

October- $500 to TCYFL Rams football

September- $500 to the Houston Flood Relief fund Lacey WA

September- $500 to the Houston Flood Relief fund


What a great dentist experience! The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff is welcoming and kind. The dentist is very personable! Happy I found this gem.


Awesome new dentist. If you live in the Meridian Campus area you have to get your dental care here. If you live elsewhere you should consider driving here for your dental care. Either way, you will not be disappointed. Dr Carpenter and Mrs Carpenter have a first class dental practice. Everything is shiny new and no patient need is overlooked. I am so happy I found this dentist and look forward to getting my care here for many years to come!


Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I was a nervous patient but felt so comfortable with the staff, they listened to my concerns and made me feel at ease and comfortable. The office is beautifully decorated! I look forward to my next visit. I definitely recommend Meridian Campus Family Dental to my friends and family!


The staff was very attentive, friendly, welcoming, and explained everything in a way that I could understand. Loved having the option for an early 7am appointment so that it wouldn't conflict with my work schedule.


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