Dr. Cripe

Dr. Cripe has been practicing dentistry in Dowagiac since 1990. Over the years, he has invested in new technology and equipment because he believes every patient deserves the very best available. He has many wonderful relationships with his patients and is now seeing the children of patients he treated when they were little kids themselves. Dr. Cripe enjoys each and every day at work.

He enjoys helping people to be the best they can be.

Education at the University of Illinois

  • Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1986
  • Bachelor of Science, dentistry – University of Illinois, Chicago, 1988
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Illinois College of Dentistry, Chicago, 1990


Commitment to Continuing Education

Every year, Dr. Cripe attends many hours of continuing dental education. It is an exciting time to be practicing dentistry because with new treatment approaches, technologies, and materials available, we’re able to provide better care more comfortably. He concentrates on expanding his knowledge and skills in aesthetic dentistry, Damon® bracket orthodontics, Invisalign®, crowns, restoring dental implants, dentures, root canals, and periodontal care.

Being a general dentist allows him to provide a wide range of services for his patients.


Professional Memberships


  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Lakeland Valley Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Association
  • Spear Study Club

Local Associations (in Dowagiac)

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Rotary International
  • Fitch Camp Advisory Board
  • Elks #889
  • Chamber of Commerce

Personal Life

Dr. Cripe was born in Dowagiac. His family moved to Sterling, Illinois, when he was in the fourth grade. Even though they moved, he always kept connections in Dowagiac. Dr. Cripe decided to return to Dowagiac when Dr. Robert Neff asked him to take over his practice. Dr. Neff was his very first dentist and next-door neighbor when he was born! Matt married Beth (Judd) after his second year of dental school. They have two grown children, Andrew and Maggie.

Dr. Cripe and Beth are heavily involved with volunteering. They firmly believe it’s important to be involved with and to give back to our community. He has also made four medical/dental mission trips to Haiti.


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