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Friday, April 30, 2010

Meet Dr. David M. Strange, Jr. Faux Chief Dental Officer For Kool Smiles

Oh look, it's Dr. David M. Strange, wife and children.   They can be found here, in Colorado.
Wonder what his children are going to think when they grow up a bit more and know what he did to children for a $.

Oh Look, once again Dr. Strange appears here too!  Liar Liar, pants on fire.

So, Dr. Strange has moved back to Colorado, Dr. Pham wanted to move to El Paso, they didn't want him to, so they bought him out and NOW Dr. Tu Tran's dental licenses is under review in Georgia and Indiana, among other states....and we have idiots in Kentucky -Legislators and Medicaid Officials - gather at Kool Smiles for a pep rally. 

I'm not worried though, I'm sure Dr. Polly will keep everything under control....but if I worked at a Kool Smiles, I might be looking for another job.  But while you're at it, tell what you know, file a Qui Tam lawsuit and reap the rewards.  First come, first served! 

Dear God, help me find a way to remove the blinders. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sealant Recommended By DentaQuest, formerly Doral

Many know, but some do not, that states usually contract with a company who then subcontract with dental providers to get the care to the medicaid patients.  Doral is described as a dental benefit administrator. 

At its LinkedIn webpage it is said: "Doral, is a subsidiary of DSM and DentaQuest, a dental benefit administrator operating in the government sector serving nearly 50 clients, 12 million members in 24 states and the District of Columbia, and approximately 17,000 participating dentists. The mission of DSM is to improve oral health."  (put another way, Doral or DentaQuest is a government contractor)




However in searching Doral, you are directed to dentaquestgov.com,  (the gov part a bit misleading) where it says Doral and ADI have merged to become DentaQuest.

Here, guys, check it out:  DentaQuest recommends sealants.  


Hey FORBA/Small Smiles, Kool Smiles, Ocean, Smile Starters, Adventure....  think you might need to check this out!!!!!!   Root canals are NOT the first choice in treatment for God's sake!!  But it is the one that pays you the most!



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free CE for Small Smiles, Kool Smiles, Adventure Dental and Ocean Dental Dentists

After spending some time today pursuing FORBA's website, set up for their Small Smiles clinics I found a link to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Behavioral Control Guide for dentist,  and support staff.  Low and behold, FORBA is clear on these techniques!  They know what to do and when to do it!  OMG!  I need to check Kool Smiles to see if they have a link as well so that I'm sure they know too.

I knelt and thanked the Lord.

What I began to wonder though was, "Does or has anyone at FORBA read it"??  Just asking...

My guess is by adding a link on their website to the guide along with the statement above the links, they are trying to send a subtle message that your child is safe and they know what they are doing.  


These Guideline were adopted in 1990 and have been revised 6 times with the last being 2008.  Soooooo.... these were the guidelines in place when good ole Dr. Spaghetti Eddie and Dr. Meatball Mike DeRose laid out their sinister plan to be the Kings of the dental kingdom.

Anyway, back to the Guidelines, let me give you a few snippets:....

Kool Smiles Ad For Employment Reveals Disregard For Quality Care

Dentist, Kool Smiles - El Paso, TX

Dentist, Kool Smiles - El Paso, TX

Kool Smiles is a general dentistry group that is providing kids and their parents in underserved communities with the dental care they desperately need.  As a dentist, you get to focus on taking care of your patients, while we take care of the business itself! [which means they tell the dentists what to do and when to do it, via the 'lead dentist and office managers] Our offices are brand new and equipped with ...

Monday, April 26, 2010

FORBA Small Smiles Employees CIA Compliance Is Up To You; Includes Warning To Future Employees

ATTN:  All FORBA Small Smiles Employees
ATTN: Potential Employees: This is a must read before you agree to be employed by FORBA or any of its Small Smile clinics.  Full disclosure is a must!

FORBA has entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Office Of Inspector General (OIG) after being caught red handed committing fraud and mistreating children.  (not only red handed but on video!)

Of course FORBA admitted no wrong doing as they will be quick to tell you.  However, anyone who would rather pay $24 million dollars plus interest and sign a 67 page set of rules to follow for the next 5 years, is probably guilty in my opinion.

[I would say FORBA was probably thinking this was a deal compared to what might happen if they didn’t agree and further delving into FORBA’s setup would likely reveal much worse things happening, that’s a scary thought isn’t it?]

When push comes to shove, it’s you, the employee on the front lines to see that the provisions in the CIA are followed.  I would highly recommend you download and take time to read the rules since you are the main one playing the game.  It’s your butt out there.  You may not have signed it, but you are as legally bound by this agreement as if...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kool Smiles Offers To Sponsor Forgein Nationals To Come To US And Fill Their Clinics

I knew this was happening, but hadn't heard anyone of these dental mills putting it out there.

If you're a dentist who would like to continue your dental career in the U.S., Kool Smiles can help you obtain a work visa and a full-time position. Sponsorship will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See Here

Not that this is a problem, but it kinda is a problem.

They also say they have a "Unique" Wealth Management Plan for dentists.  God only knows what that really is!  Maybe someone could tell us.

Has anyone ever wondered exactly what NCDR of Kool Smiles stands for:  National Children's Dental Research.

DPMS stands for Dental Practice Management Services. 

Appears Kool Smiles has the bonus program just like Small Smiles.  Here is an ad:

Opportunities Available in South Texas and Arkansas. Earning Potential Up To $250K (Salary + Bonus)! Change the World, One Smile at a time!
$10K Sign On Bonus! It’s a Kool Concept!
Full-time dentists earn a guaranteed base salary plus a monthly bonus based on individual production. In addition, company paid benefits include malpractice insurance, life insurance, and short and long term disability. Medical, dental and vision are also available for all employees and their families. We offer the innovative Kool Smiles Wealth Management plan - a company matched saving plan that allows you to set aside more savings every year than a traditional retirement plan. Other benefits include paid time off, company holidays, reimbursement for continuing education, licensure fees and profession dues - and much more!
Please call or email to learn more about other full-time and part-time opportunities in AZ, AR, GA, IN, MA, MS, SC, TX and VA. Relocation package available.
Ryan Murdock p/ 770-916-7044 rmurdock@ncdrllc.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Maybe You Should Request Sealants Instead of Root Canal and Cap

Imagine the decline in tooth decay if Kool Smiles, Small Smiles and all the other dental mills used sealants on children's teeth.  Instead of the get 'em, drill 'em and cap 'em method.  Just 23% of American 8 year old's have sealants, according to United Healthcare Dental


Learn About Dental (tooth) Sealants here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tidbits Of Kool Smiles Information

Dr. Tu Tran and Dr. Thein Pham were top dentist's at Smile High clinic in Denver, owned and operated by Eddie, Michael and Dan DeRose where they learned the DeRose Way of spreading dental services to the underserved.

When they broke out on their own, they began with 1 clinic in 2002 and by December 2003 there were three clinics in Georgia.

After 2003 things took off.  By January 2006 the Kool Smiles clinic count had jumped to 14 clinics.  In January 2007 there were 29 clinics and by July of 2007 there were 36.

I know this by using the wayback machine and checking the old copies of the website.

According to what I can find, there are somewhere around 100 clinics across the US, which beats Small Smiles, so they can shut up about being the "Largest" ...unless they mean dirty rotten scoundrels....

Dr. David Malcolm Strange, DDS of Kool Smiles and Kool Kids Dental

Dr. David Strange who is listed as Chief Dental Officer at Kool Smiles is Dr. David M. (Malcolm) Strange, Jr.
His father goes by the name, Malcolm Strange.

I’m pretty sure this is the same Dr. David M. Strange, Jr. that is referred to working at Pediatric Dental Group of ColoradoPDC has 7 locations in Colorado.

Here is the bio of the Dr. David Strange at Kool Smiles:
Dr. David M. Strange, Chief Dental Officer

Dr.David M Strange is a board certified pediatric dentist. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center along with his certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX and his MS from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr Strange was formerly an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and previously served on the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is currently serving on theCouncil for Dental Benefits of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Virginia Dental Advisory Committee for the Smiles for Children Dental Medicaid program. Dr Strange is also a member in good standing with the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Georgia Dental Association and the Southwestern Society...

Where Was The Colorado Dental Board?

It took the Colorado Dental Board until June 2009 to finally order Michael A. DeRose ‘retire’ his license to practice dentistry and tell  him he is never to apply for a new license anytime in the future.

In the Order from the board it cites the two disciplinary actions taken against DeRose in North Carolina.  In December 2005 his license was suspended for 180 days for doing more than 6 pulpotomies in one visit on children at his Medicaid Dental Centers, now called Smile Starters in North Carolina.

I’m thinking 6 is still outrageous!  Think you could have 6 teeth worked on in one session?  How about being tied down, and given 6 root canals??!!  The level of lidocaine alone to keep a patient pain free seems to me would be at a dangerous level.  But they don’t worry about that, since they could care less if they even have a supply of lidocaine on hand it appears.

Then in April 2007 settled with the government for $10 million with Dr. Tish Ballance, and still every state where he was licensed let him keep his licenses.

Michael’s dad, Dr. Eddie let his licenses just expire.

William Mueller, one of the original cast of characters was forced to ‘surrender’ his licenses, but not until 2009!

Over the years these three had ‘actions’ taken against them on a few occasions in more than one state, but only the latest is currently on file at DORA, Colorado’s records search.

Some of the documents mention referring problems to the state Attorney General’s office for further review.  But I can’t find one time any of them were ever seriously considered for prosecution.

The laws in Colorado were changed at least twice to curtail these guys from abusing children for profit, but the Dental Board never revoked their licenses as they should have.  They allowed Dr. Michael DeRose continue with this abuse from 1982 until 2009!  That’s 27 years!!!!!!

Now look where we are.

Had the Colorado Dental Board done their job, there would be no Small Smiles, Kool Smiles or Adventure Dental out there tying up children and drilling out perfectly good teeth, causing horrific trauma to small children, devastating the trust children have in their parents and adults and scamming Medicaid (you tax dollars) out of 100’s of millions of dollars.

Somehow through all of this the uncle, Dr. Adolph Ralph Padula came away unscathed.  His license is as pure as the white driven snow.

Dr. William Mueller (UPIN# 64458) was finally locked out of the medicaid program March 18, 2010.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

FORBA’s 1,000 Toothbrushes to Haiti Requires Two Days of Press Releases! Embarrassing!

Are you kidding me?!  It’s embarrassing guys!  It should have been 100,000 and no press release what so ever!  If you have to send out press releases because you donated 1,000 toothbrushes, you must be really really hurting for any kind of good press. 
There is no doubt in my mind that the person putting out these stupid press releases about FORBA donating some toothbrushes to Haiti lives in Washington, DC.  I know this because only someone in Washington could make this statement about FORBA and it's Small Smiles dental centers without chocking to death on their words. 
"the nation's largest dental practice management company focused on high-quality dental care for children in underserved communities" here
I’ve always been told you go to hell for lying.
Don Myers, did you put this crap out there?! How do you sleep at night?  I guess you are paid well to lie and mislead the public aren’t  you?  Do you have a line at all that you won’t cross?  Just saying…
I can think of at least 10 adjectives to describe FORBA and it's string of dental clinics and none of them are in the above statement.  What I will say straight up is, high-quality my ass.
It blows my mind to think there has been two days of press releases out of there to tell the world it donated 1,000 toothbrushes!!!!  OMG! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

FORBA sending toothbrushes to Haiti, Oh NO!


The disgrace is that it is just 1,000.   That's like one case.  

Wonder if they are trying to dump the toothbrushes talked about here.

When I posted this, I can't tell  you what a fire storm of empolyees wrote in telling me about how these toothbrushes were stained, the bristles would fall out and more....  I was surprised to see such reaction to toothbrushes but boy is sure enlightened me.

Someone wanna take it from here and tell us about those toothbrushes?  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

FORBA – Go Straight to... Haiti And Take Your Toothbrushes With You

EUREKA! 

FORBA Small Smiles has hit the Mother Load!

Oh wait, no, they aren't sending help, they are sending a few toothbrushes.  Hell, I could send 1,000 toothbrushes.  

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dr. Robert Andrus Back In Business, Giggles

Dr. Robert (Bob) Andrus


It appears they are letting Dr. Robert (Bob) Andrus practice dentistry in Colorado.  Since his departure with FORBA’s Small Smiles as regional manager he’s opened his own clinic.  He has given it the cutest little name-Giggles.  Anyone want to guess whether he accepts children on Medicaid or not?  Of Course!






ID Number:
20091343076
Trade Name:
Giggles
True Name of Registrant:
DR. ROBERT ANDRUS D.D.S., LLC
Formation Date: 6-25-2009


Dr. Bob, remember is one of the many dentists who lent his name and license number to be added to business registration required in most states, along with Dr. Kenneth Knot (Ken Knott) also known as Dr. Can Not.

Kallene West, Dr. Robert Andrus and Dr. Ken Knott were fired from FORBA in late summer of 2008.  There were some discrepancies in how Dr. Bob and Dr. Ken were able to renew their dental license and it is said Kallene took online Continuing Education courses or forged the credentialing documents, maybe both.  I do not know.  


I am also told Kallene did the same for Dr. Bridget Merritt-Brooks, yet Dr. Bridget was not fired.  She is one of the top producers for FORBA and their string of Small Smiles Clinics.


Dr. Bob is also the dentist who is known for fits of anger and rage in the operatories.  Throwing instruments and even one report from a dental assistant who told me he was treating a small 3 year old in an Ohio clinic and the child was not being very cooperative.  Dr. Bob proceed to poke the examination mirror down the child's throat and cause the child to gag.  He then leaned down in whispered in the child's ear, "if you do not cooperate, I will do it again." 


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dentists Associated With Kool Smiles, Evansville, Indiana Operation

How many dentists do you think can work at one Kool Smiles dental mill?  10?  15?  20?
Never mind, don’t answer, I’ll just tell you.  The answer seems to be 60!  

Of course we know that 60 dentists can’t possibly work at one Kool Smiles, so they must float around the state from office to office.

But if you check out indianamedicaid.com you will find there are 60 dentists listed as providers at the Evansville, Indiana clinic at 400 E. Diamond Ave.


Dr. Falastin Abu Smn
Dr. Daniel P. Aldulenscu
Dr. John Ambrose
Dr. Kevin W. Beadle
Dr. Jennifer L. Beavin
Dr. Vidya R. Bettagere
Dr. Angelina J. Blass
Dr. Jessica E. Bolander
Dr. Randall W. Moorman Brigham
Dr. Jessica Brown
Dr. Michael W. Brown
Dr. Polly B. Buckey
Dr. Steven W. Buedel Dr. Brian O. Burke
Dr. Matthew A. Butler
Dr. Meghan E. Butler
Dr. Shane T. Cope
Dr. Joshua B. Davis
Dr. Emani Sreekanth
Dr. Shadrach G. Gonqueh
Dr. Kent M. Gross
Dr. Allison M. Heuer

Dr. Amber R. Hobbs-Buchner
Dr. Ted L. Huppert
Dr. Jeffery M. Jones
Dr. Phillip L. Jones
Dr. Ajay P. Joshi
Dr. Edna F. Kemp
Dr. Anthony r. Klein
Dr. Pooja Kumar
Dr. Shalesh Kumar
Dr. Connie Kunelis
Dr. Michael J. Lawyer
Dr. Tinna Lee
Dr. Elizabeth Maletta
Dr. Lucas B. Marrs
Dr. Yovnne R. Mcleod
Dr.Jacob E. Myers

Dr. Raghunandan B. Narasimhamurthy
Dr. Marlene Navedo
Dr. Tiffany Nicole Nightengale
Dr. Karen J. Noel
Dr. Nassim F. Olabi
Dr. Uma Peeta
Dr. Thien C. Pham, owner
Dr. Michael L. Rudolph
Dr. Afsaneh Samimi
Dr. Dipesh P. Sitaram
Dr. Peter Smith
Dr. David M. Strange, Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Pavel D. Svilenov
Dr. Juanita R. Taylor
Dr. Tu Tran, owner
Dr. Ryan D. Tschetter
Dr. Roger P. Valliere
Dr. David M. Vieth, Corporate level, stepped in when Dr. Pham sold out.
Dr. Carl Williams
Dr. Sara J. Willingham White

One name jumped out in this long list.  Dr. Tiffany Noel Nightengale.  Tiffany is also a provider in Indiana, Virginia and Ohio for FORBA’s Small Smiles.   Some dentist are also provers in Kentucky.  Dr. Polly Buckey for example.

We can take Dr. Thien Pham off the list, since according to the minutes of the Arizona Dental Board for August 2009, he says he has left the company.  Wonder why one of the founders is gone?  I’ll be looking into that.
drpham
I noticed Dr. Pham was missing from the Kool Smiles ‘About Us’ page the other day.  In his place is Dr. David M. Vieth.