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Re: “Board without Bite

I think this article needs to be republished! I went to the Dental Board last year with extreme problems caused by an incompetent and toxic well known dental group in Tucson. I had my initial hearing over the phone as a conference call and received notice a few weeks later that charges were issued against the dentist.

I thought I'd won the case but no, another few months went by and I found out I had to go to the 'final' hearing which was in Phoenix. I did that and I have to say that I definitely *was* heard by the Board members and they also found in my favor. Unfortunately I forgot to ask that the dentist also be fined the max of $2000 for each charge upheld against him. It was ordered to repay most of the thousands of dollars stolen from me.

But was it over now that I'd won the final hearing? No because then I found out the dentist had 35 days to appeal. He never did but I had to wait that time out. The incompetent Dental business was then supposed to send a certified check by a certain date. On the date due, the Board received not a certified check but a regular business check so it was sent back.

When I asked the Board if they'd given the dental company a certain date by which a replacement certified check must be received the person I spoke with said no. I was stunned! I said 'You mean they blatently didn't follow directions and without a date to return a correct check I wonder if I'll ever see the money. They complied but only to the letter of the Board's findings." And I was told "At least they sent a check so you might eventually get your money back. If they didn't send it you'd have to go through another process."

Another process??? Do the Dental Board's findings and fines have no teeth (pun intended)? Can they order someone to pay and then if they don't pay the victim has to go through yet another procedure? Yes, that's the way it goes.

I did get my check, surprisingly enough, and then sued the dental company.

I must say the Dental Board was very attentive, could easily see who was lying, and were very supportive of me. However, the dentist sued is on their top 10 list. I was told this by one of the people I spoke with on the phone. When deciding what to do with him at my final hearing, they read off the list of complaints against him since the 1980's and one person on the board said 'what more can we do to this man???'

Hey, pull his license!!! That's something you could do. And whoever is at fault for making whatever is ordered at the Board meaningless, FIX THAT!

For anyone going to the Board, you really must be your own lawyer. Do all of your research, cross-check all refs from all dental records, find the lies... and oh yes, expect whoever you've dragged there to lie like the thieves they are. Have faith that if you stand up for yourself and have facts, you will be believed over the slimeballs you've filed against. Be firm, tell the truth, insist on being heard and don't let the dental companies lies rattle you. The Board can recognize them. I expected the 'good old boys' thing but did not find it present.

The Board is not stupid, or heartless, or inattentive. They just seem to have no power. Something the Arizona government has to do something about.

And I must add that it's insane to have to BUY an expert witness when you sue a dentist, something that can cost $10,000 when you already have the Board's findings and other dentist and perio doctor's scathing statements. THIS is the 'good old boy system' in action. You have to buy an expert witness from out of state because no dentist in the state will testify against another, even if they've laid it all out on paper.

This should be a crime. An 'expert' witness who knows nothing about you, your case, or the situation! And for this reason, many people can't sue unless they are lucky enough to find a wonderful lawyer like I did.

Empower the Arizona State Dental Board!!!!!!

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Posted by BecauseItsYourSmile on 09/23/2009 at 5:21 PM

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