DA: Pa. receptionist, dental aide did root canals
- Associated Press
- December 18, 2012 - 10:31 AM
BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Authorities say a pair of crooked Pennsylvania dental office employees ran an after-hours, word-of-mouth operation where they performed root canals, pulled teeth and installed braces without proper training.
Montgomery County prosecutors say they've identified three patients who received treatment from the impostors, but X-rays indicate there could be dozens more.
A grand jury report alleges 45-year-old dental assistant Cheryl Laing and 24-year-old receptionist Jessica Gullickson used the Bryn Mawr dental practice where they worked to provide low-cost services to uninsured patients.
One patient reported a tooth extraction was a painful 45-minute ordeal and another said the receptionist was left to "find the root" during a root canal.
Both women were arraigned Monday on charges including theft and conspiracy. Phone listings for them couldn't be located Tuesday.
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