Thursday, January 21, 2010

FORBA Forced To Change? Doubtful !

Reported by: Jane Flasch
Email: jflasch@13wham.com

1/21/2010

Rochester, N.Y. / Washington D.C. -- After 13WHAM News raised questions about the use of restraining devices and unnecessary root canals on children, the parent company of Small Smiles promised changes.

In a two-page statement, FORBA Dental Management CEO Michael Lindley detailed the changes including a reversal of a policy to never allow parents into the same room with their children while their teeth are being pulled or drilled. That was December 2007. Yet 13WHAM News has received a dozen e-mails from parents who say as recent as last month those policies were not in place.

Nadine Dukes says her 10-year-old daughter’s calls for “mom” were ignored. "She was screaming. I heard it, but I didn't know who it was. They never got me,” says Nadine. When she next saw her daughter Kitana six of her teeth were gone -- pulled out.

Fast forward three years. Small Smiles will pay a $24 million settlement to the US government, promising changes once again so its clinics won't be forced to close.

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After a report by 9News in Denver reporter, Deborah Sherman and subsequent state investigation, of the Small Smiles clinics owned by the DeRose family, laws in Colorado were changed and took effect in 2005.

Strict guidelines were put in place to limit the number of root canals that could be done on a child in one office visit and when it's appropriate to use the dreadful papoose board. Yet here we are in 2010 and we find the Small Smiles Clinics and other clinics owned by Forba Holding, LLC are still mistreating, over-treating, and down right abusing children for profit.

Michael Lindley, Alfred Smith, Rodney Caywood of the Nashville, Tennessee area, Jack Draughon, William C. Miller, Jr. and Charles H. Ogburn of Atlanta, GA, Bowen Diehl of Dallas Tx and Charles Griffith of Englewood, Colorado should be tarred, feathered and ran out of town on a rail, after they write that $24 million dollar check to taxpayers. These people are listed as the 'Managers' of FORBA Holding, LLC 618 Church Street, Suite 520, Nashville, Tennessee.

5 Must Read Comments:

Anonymous said...

FORBA IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE BECAUSE THEY ARE LIARS. THEY HAVE LIED SINCE DAY ONE AND EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTH IS A LIE. THEY MIGHT TRY TO CHANGE THINGS FOR A FEW DAYS OR WEEKS BUT THEY WILL GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS AGAIN.

Me said...

I 1,000% agree! I've heard 'change' out of their mouths for years now, and it changes for a month or so, then it's right back to the same old thing. Every time, they come out with some BS statement on how they are improving blah blah blah. In the latest statement they act like they've had things straightened out since 2006. My God, what was it before 2006??!! These reports have come to light in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009... How long does it take to stop abusing children for profit and stop stealing tax payer dollars?? Honestly, how long does that take to accomplish this. I heard this same bull from Don Meyers lying mouth in 2007, it's now 2010! And reports of the same bull has been reported as early as last month. And the DOJ has been looking into them for two years, and they barely slowed down.

Anonymous said...

At the small smiles clinic I take my children to there are posters on the walls that say all parents can accompany the children adn they asked me when i checked in to. This does seem to be correted. But honestly where else can we go? regular dentists won't take medicaid so at least small smiles will see my kids.

Anonymous said...

wonderful work! Can someone tell me... is there any direct connection between Forba and Koolsmiles?????

Me said...

Dr. Tran and Dr. Tim Pham who started Kool Smiles used to work for the founders of Small Smiles in Colorado. They broke off and started their own chain of dental torture chambers. Same as with the guy who opened Adventure Dental and Vision