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AboutLaurel Smile Dentistry

Laurel Smile Dentistry is a Oakland based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Sibhatu and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 510-240-7264 and experience why our patients think Laurel Smile Dentistry is the best dentist in Oakland.

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Dr. Sibhatu

Mussie Sibhatu, DDS, MS

Mussie Sibhatu, DDS, MS, is a trusted and talented dentist and prosthodontist at Laurel Smile Dentistry in Oakland, California. Dr. Sibhatu offers dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, tooth extraction, and many other general and advanced dentistry services.

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Sibhatu has extensive training beyond his dentistry degree. Dr. Sibhatu attended University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for both his dental degree and his three-year specialty training in prosthodontics.

Dr. Sibhatu has advanced training in dental implants, removable dentures, cosmetic dentistry, and full-mouth reconstruction. He puts that training and skill to work every day by treating patients of all ages using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

Dr. Sibhatu collaborates with other dental care providers and with each patient to create the best solutions for optimal dental health. He’s happy to welcome new patients at this time. Use the online booking tool or call Laurel Smile Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Sibhatu today.

Dr. Spero

Matthew Spero DDS

Matthew Spero grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated high school in the top 1% of his class and then went on to attend the University of California at San Diego. Graduating with Provost Honors, he pursued an education in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Chemistry while becoming a National Champion for the club soccer team. He is a graduate of UOP Dental School and went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program. Matthew received advanced training in treating medically complex and special needs patients at CPMC and Highland Hospital. He also received training in prosthodontics, crowns and veneers, Invisalign, digital impression dentistry, restoring single and multiple implants, All-On-4 concept, implant supported locator attachments for dentures, removable partial dentures and complete dentures.

Dr. Matthew is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Alameda County Dental Society. He has proudly volunteered his time fabricating dentures for those in need at California Dental Association’s Solano and Modesto events as well as East Bay Veteran Stand Down in Pleasanton, California. Matthew participated as a volunteer dentist for Special Olympic events in Union City and Davis, California. He was selected to serve as a volunteer dentist through the 1000 smiles project in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Dr. Matthew is committed to his patient’s health and success through a comprehensive treatment approach. He is a general dentist who works alongside specialists in order to deliver quality care. In his spare time Matthew enjoys soccer, spearfishing, scuba diving, filming, travel and being with his family.

"My goal is to deliver comprehensive care to patients. It is important to me that patients understand the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment. I am also an educator who believes in preventive dentistry in order to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile."

Michelle Crump

Office Manager

Michelle Crump has been working in the dental field for 23 years, beginning her career as Treatment Coordinator, then advancing to Financial Coordinator, and then most recently as Office Manager at Laurel Smile Dentistry. She thoroughly enjoys helping patient’s work out the financial aspect of their treatments, by offering a wide variety of payment options. She is organized, detail-oriented, and does her very best to provide excellent customer service. She is familiar with many different insurance companies, so that claims can be processed accurately in a timely fashion, making the patient’s visit as smooth as possible.

Michelle grew up in Berkeley, and adores the Bay Area. She comes from a large family, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her children and her husband. She attends community events and participates in continuing education courses. She also loves soccer, and roots for Barcelona.

Brittany Dowdell

Clinic Coordinator

Since 2016 I have been involved with dentistry. My goal is to help alleviate the common stressors associated with visiting a dental office. I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Carrington College in San Leandro, California. After graduating, I worked as a Dental Assistant for a few years and have since transitioned my skills to the front office. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my significant other, attending concerts, comedy shows, traveling and hanging out with my family as well as two Siberian Husky rescues: Harley and Alaska.

Finan Yohannes

Registered Dental Hygienist

Growing up in Alameda, I began my career in the dental field in 1999 as a dental assistant. In 2008, I completed my licensure to become a dental hygienist. For 16 years I lived and practiced in Seattle, Washington. Since then, I have moved back to the place I love taking care of my home community. I am bilingual and speak English and Tigrena. I love doing volunteer work with children and the elderly. My biggest strength is being able to work with a wide range of patients. I am passionate about educating my patients and teaching preventive care. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family and friends. Some personal hobbies of mine are traveling, cooking, riding jet skis, and camping.

Lisa Kanellis

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa has been our dental hygienist for 25 years. She was born and raised in the Oakland/Hayward area. After she graduated from Chabot College dental hygiene school, she continued to take classes at Cal State East Bay. She attends a variety of continuing education courses to be current on the dental trends and practices. Lisa helps all patients appreciate and maintain their oral health for a lifetime through education. She is committed to a high standard of care, always values patient's comfort, and is known to have that "gentle touch". Lisa enjoys lap swimming, cooking and gardening.

Merhawi Kifle

Dental Assistant

Merhawi Kifle currently works as a dental assistant in Laurel Smile Dentistry. He graduated as a Doctor of Dental medicine in Eritrea and worked in Eritrea and Ethiopia as a general dentist for five years. He is striving to be a dentist in the United States and in the meantime serves the role at Laurel Smile Dentistry as a multidisciplinary dental assistant. Merhawi is a precious asset for the company. His experience helps him to provide our patients with clear pre and post treatment instructions. Merhawi has excellent communication skills for your comfort. Outside of work he likes to spend his time with his family and enjoys playing soccer.

Sonia Alvardo

Dental Assistant

Sonia is our practice Dental Assistant and began her career in the dental field in 1999. The early years of Sonia’s career were heavily focused on cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics and Invisalign, making her an expert in the field. Sonia has since continued her learning in restorative dentistry as well as training in prosthodontics here at Laurel Smile.

Sonia is a long time Oakland resident who enjoys spending her time with her family, friends and has a passion for soccer. You can find her cheering for her adorable son when she is not at the office! Her lively and friendly personality, flexibility and appreciation of the team structure make her a true joy to work with.

Sirak Gebremeskel

Dental Assistant

Sirak Gebremeskel is our Dental Assistant who entered the field in 2017. He is very organized and efficient. Sirak has demonstrated his abilities by assisting Dr. Sibhatu throughout treatment and dental procedures, providing equipment, assisting with X-rays, lab work and much more. He is an excellent team player and always strives for creating a positive work environment. As part of his effort to deepen dental knowledge, he is constantly taking classes and closely following in-house tutorials given by Dr. Sibhatu to refine his talents. Sirak is known for his social and spiritual activities and likes to spend time with his friends and family members. He has a family of six and loves taking care of them. In his spare time he coaches soccer for his children and still loves to play.

Diamond Lyles

Dental Assistant

Caring, kind hearted, friendly and very helpful are the words to describe Diamond. She began her dental career here at Laurel Smile Dentistry as a Dental Assistant in 2021 shortly after graduating from College of Alameda. When she is not in the office, she loves to be around her family and friends. She likes to cook and travel. She will be continuing her dental education to become a Dental Hygienist. She loves to see a smile on a patient's face after treatment.

Debora Walker

Treatment Plan Coordinator

Debora Walker has been in the dental field for close to 30 years. She started her career as a chair side assistant where she worked for 8 years before transitioning to the front office. Her favorite thing about her position is building relationships with the patients and ensuring that their needs are met. When she is not working she spends time with family and friends, running, camping, and reading.