Dr. Olafsen was born in Torrance, California. He spent his childhood and teenage years growing up in Corona, California. He attended Loma Linda University, where he received his bachelor degree in Health Science. He then pursued his education in dentistry at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
After graduating from dental school in 1988, Dr. Olafsen worked in associate positions for four years. In 1992, Dr. Olafsen joined his dental school classmate, Dr. Scott Meester, and opened his first office in the Ocean Beach area of San Diego. After four years of practicing together, they expanded their unique comfortable care approach to all phases of dentistry, to a second office in the Sierra Mesa area of San Diego. Today Mel and Scott continue to offer their warm, energetic, friendly, dental care to the residents of San Diego in both convenient locations.
On a more personal note, Mel resides in the Tierrasanta area with his wife Shelli. When they are both not working, they enjoy spending time with their four adult children, playing golf and going hiking.