Dental Licenses for Convicted Sex Offenders?!?

A Michigan dentist convicted of raping a patient is practicing again. The state is considering new legislation that would prevent health care workers convicted of sex crimes from having their licenses reinstated.

In 2007 the Michigan Board of Dentists approved a restricted dental license for a dentist convicted of raping a patient.

The dentist in question served one year in jail after drugging and sexually assaulting a female patient. Horrified to learn that such a dentist was allowed to practice again, two lawmakers plan to introduce a bill to prevent this from happening again.

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Dental School Drama Ends with $1.7M Payout

Most dentists will remember academic politics from their days in dental school, but few have seen the amount of drama Alissa Zwick has.

Zwick, 30, was asked to leave the University of Michigan’s dental school after her third year, allegedly because her clinical techniques were poor. (She maintained a B average.)

However, a federal jury sided with Zwick, finding the school’s action illegal and awarding the former student $1.7 million.

So what’s the real story? Well, it’s complicated…

Since Zwick has attention deficit disorder (ADD), she asked if she could take her exams in a private setting. Two of her professors objected to this. Associate Dean Dr. Marilyn Lantz apparently had pre-existing problems with these professors, who eventually resigned.

When this caused controversy among the students, Dr. Lantz put the blame on Zwick. Zwick’s public comments earned her first Lantz’s disapproval, then a surprising expulsion.

While the university will likely cover the damages, Dr. Lantz was named as the primary defendant. Zwick’s payout includes a million dollars in punitive damages.

Though she was admitted to seven other dental schools before Michigan, her expulsion has left her unable to get into any other dental program. So Zwick is now studying to be a speech pathologist.

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