Meet The Doctors

Family Orthodontist in West Palm Beach


We take the term “family practice” to heart because the doctors are father and son. The office manager, Joann is the mother of “Dr. Scott” and the wife of “Dr. Chum”. Tammy, our inventory manager is also a family member.


Dr. Scott A. McCranels

"Dr. Scott"


Dr. Scott has been following in his fathers footsteps in surfing and in orthodontics for years. After a professional surfing career traveling the globe, Dr. Scott decided to finish his schooling and became a orthodontist in 1995 and joined the family here in the West Palm Beach. Dr. Scott is proud of his beautiful daughter Camilla and his incredible wife, Bebe. Dr. Scott’s charities of choice in the community are The YMCA of the Palm Beaches and the Surf Museum managed by the PBC Surfing History Project.

Dr. Scott grew up locally on Singer Island and attended Cardinal Newman H.S. graduating in 1980. He majored in Microbiology at University of Florida and then attended Dental school at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After receiving his DMD degree in 1992, Dr. Scott then participated in a one year research fellowship at the University of Florida’s Orthodontic Department. The research studied the relationships of varying orthodontic treatments on Class II malocclusions in Phase I (“early treatment” ) cases. The study was supported by a NIH grant. Subsequently Dr. Scott complete a 2 year Orthodontic Residency at Medical College of Georgia orthodontic program (1993 - 1995) and then returned home to join the family practice with Dr. Chum in the summer of 1995.

Dr. Scott is also a member of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and the Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame. In fact, Dr. Scott and Dr. Chum are the only father and son combination that have been inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame.


Dr. John R. McCranels

"Dr. Chum"


Known by everybody in town as “Dr. Chum”, he grew up in Lake Worth attending South Grade and Lake Worth H.S.( class of 56). He received his DDS degree at Loyola Dental School in New Orleans and graduating in 1963. Dr. Chum then went into the US Naval Dental Corp in San Diego for 2 years and then on to Farleigh Dickinson in NJ for 2 years to complete his Orthodontic residency and his Masters degree.

In 1967, once Dr. Chum’s schooling was complete he came back home to West Palm Beach to begin his Orthodontic career. Dr. Chum and his wife Joann have 4 kids, 6 grandchildren. They also live on Singer Island and enjoy life since all 4 kids are married and off on their own. Dr. Chum has a National surfing title and Joann also has a National cycling title. It goes without saying that their kids and grandkids have a lot to live up to. Dr. Chum is one of the most beloved Orthodontist in WPB for many years.


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