Chicago Man Operates Dental Practice Without License
Francisco Rendon, 49, of Chicago was arrested Thursday April 15th for operating a dental practice without a license. He has been charged with misdemeanor providing medical service without a license according to police Cmdr. David Jarmusz.
Rendon’s “dental” office was located on the Southwest Side in a rented room in the 3700 block of South California Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
Rendon’s “dental” office was found to be furnished with a leather office seat for the patient rather than a traditional reclining dentist chair. Instead of a sink, the patient was required to spit into a garbage can.
Rendon’s “dental” office was found to be supplied with syringes, painkillers, dentures. It is reported that Rendon, 49, worked on teeth using something similar to a power tool usually used for polishing metal.
Rendon told police he had a dentist license from Mexico. He is not licensed in the United States, nor a business license from the city of Chicago.
Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the state department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which oversees the licensing of hundreds of professions, told the Chicago Tribune the department has received 30 complaints concerning unlicensed dentistry in the past 16 months. The majority of the complaints were found to be unfounded.
Most states have dental boards that regulate the practice of dentistry. However, some states, use a central agency that regulates more than one profession. The American Association of Dental Examiners Web site provides contact information for all of the relevant agencies. This page provides links to those that have information online.