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From the What Were They Thinking File…

Posted by dentalinsider on October 19, 2007

Embattled Calif. Dentist Says Breast Rubs Necessary

WOODLAND, Calif. — A dentist accused of fondling the breasts of 27 female patients is trying to keep his dental license by arguing that chest massages are an appropriate procedure in certain cases. Mark Anderson’s lawyer says dental journals discuss the need to massage the pectoral muscles to treat a common jaw problem.

Police say Anderson said during recorded phone calls that he routinely massaged patients’ chests to treat temporo-mandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which causes neck and head pain.

Attorney Robert Zaro told administrative law judge Jonathan Lew at a hearing Thursday that he should let Anderson keep his dental license while disciplinary appeals proceed. Anderson would be supervised by two assistants and would no longer do the chest rubs, Zaro said.

Zaro said Anderson, 48, of Woodland, needs to keep seeing patients so he can feed his seven children and pay for his defense.

The judge made no immediate decision.

Lew suspended Anderson’s dental license last month. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and sexual battery. Yolo County prosecutors are investigating complaints from more than two dozen women who say they also were groped in the examining chair in the last five years.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Phillips gave Lew three new complaints, including one from a 31-year-old woman who said Anderson fondled her at least six times over two years.

She took to wearing tight shirts with high necklines, “and Anderson would still get in under her shirt and bra,” according to a police report.



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3 Responses to “From the What Were They Thinking File…”

  1. Dental Guy said

    Why would those idiots continue to see a dentist that fondled them?? Needs to feed seven kids huh?

    It’s sad how many crazy people make it through dental school.

  2. Associate Q said

    That was what I found kind of strange. The one woman said she took to wearing tight shirts and blouses to thwart the fondling. I mean come on, wearing tighter shirts will just make the man even more likely to do such a thing.

    It probably sounds sexist, but it is not like you go put on a mini-skirt and tube top when your dentist is getting UNDER your shirt. Yeah, that was what it said “he was still abel to get in under her shirt and bra”.

    You don’t wear tighter shirts you go to the cops and report the sicko.

    And what the heck were the assistants doing the whole time. I mean it was not liek the guy tripped and grabbed some breast, he was skin on skin.

    DG you got it right, anyone can get through dental school these days.

    Man oh man, what do people think sometimes?

  3. Bill said

    Thanks for keeping us abreast of this situation
    but it sounds like he has been busted

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