Meet the Doctors at Jamboree Dental

General Dentists for Children in Youngstown


Dr. Michael Crites, DDS

Dr. Crites is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He served as 2nd year class President and President of the student body. He completed his undergraduate at Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis on genetics.

Dr. Crites was an owner of general family dentistry practices for the first half of his career and owner of a denture practice providing same day dentures to patients. He found his true calling when he became owner of general dental practices providing services to pediatric patients in underserved areas of Ohio. He is committed to providing quality compassionate care in a caring environment for both patients and their families. He takes continuing education classes yearly to stay current and up to date with treatment of children and helps mentor new dentists.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Christine and their three children, Brandon, Keegan, and Kaitlin. He and his wife enjoy traveling and getting together with friends and family. He and his family are active members of their church and enjoy taking time for their three dogs.

Dr. Paul S. Murphy DDS, MSD

Dr. Murphy graduated with honors from The University of Michigan College of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) in May 1988. He received numerous academic awards, honors and scholarships while at The University of Michigan.

While he enjoyed the challenges and rewards of a career in engineering, Dr. Murphy decided to pursue his dream of becoming an orthodontist. In 1992 he decided to return to school at The University of Michigan College of Dentistry. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in May 1996. Dr. Murphy served as his class secretary for all four years of dental school. He was honored with many dental awards, including being awarded a scholarship for his final year of dental school (awarded to the top two dental students in the senior class).

Dr. Murphy went directly from dental school to an orthodontic residency at The University of Washington in Seattle, WA., widely regarded as one of the top orthodontic residency programs in the world. He completed that program in June 1998, receiving both a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree. He completed a research project investigating the stability of orthognathic (jaw) surgery in adolescent patients.

Dr. Murphy was the owner of a private orthodontic practice in Lake County from 1999 to 2021. Upon selling his practice, Dr. Murphy has enjoyed “semi-retirement” but is now looking forward to the challenges and opportunity of starting up a new practice with Akron Smiles. He is passionate about providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment and he receives great satisfaction from helping to improve the lives of his patients.

Dr. Murphy lives in Northeast Ohio and enjoys spending his free time with his family and his two dogs. As an Ohio transplant he has become a big fan of all Cleveland sports teams.

Dr. Sidharth Kannan BDS,DMD

Hi, I am Dr. Sidharth Kannan, but the patients I treat call me ‘Dr. Sid’. I was born in India but grew up playing basketball and daydreaming about being an NBA basketball player in Toronto, Canada since the age of 3. I went back to India to acquire a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery (BDS) degree and a wife; My wife, Dr. Shobi, who I am forced to adore is a General Dentist in Ohio. Later, in 2019 I graduated with a Doctor in Dental Medicine (DMD) Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, I pursued a service-based pediatric dental fellowship at The Ohio State College of Dentistry/Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I commenced practicing general dentistry for the next three years with a primary focus on treating children and adolescents, which led me to decide to specialize in the field of pediatric dentistry. I obtained my Pediatric Dental specialization from my Alma Mater, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2024.

My interests are playing sports, watching sports, talking about sports, and running 26 mile marathons. My favorite basketball player is Lebron James which is fitting as my wife and I got our new home in Akron, OH. We enjoy trying new restaurants, especially Indian and breakfast diners. We are excited to welcome our new golden retriever puppy, Sheldon Cooper, and explore the beautiful trails in Akron. Don’t ask me what my five-year plan is, my wife plans it for me, just like how she decided that I will start my fatherhood as a dog-father.

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