Pa. Watchdog: Check discipline listings for your dentist, doctor, nurse or other professional online

(Daily Local) Several months ago, police say, Cheryl A. Laing, 45, and Jessica Gullickson, 24, both of Broomall in Delaware County, were working overtime at a dentist’s office on Old Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr,Montgomery County.

The problem: It wasn’t their office.

Laing, a dental assistant, and Gullickson, a receptionist, had figured out a way to earn a quick buck, police allege.The women weren’t dentists, police said, but were performing dental work on patients who could not afford health insurance.

Lower Merion Police arrested them Dec. 14, 2012 and charged them with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, multiple counts of theft by deception, unauthorized practice of dentistry and reckless endangerment. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 3.

The Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Professional andOccupational Affairs, which decides disciplinary actions againstlicensed professionals, often works with police agencies to find outwhen a professional is convicted of or pleads guilty to a crime.

The state’s Board of Dentistry licenses dentists, dental hygienists and expanded function dental assistants, and can discipline people in those professions for violating regulations. Those positions are among a wide range of licensed professional positions the state regulates.

The state releases disciplinary actions each month, broken down by county and covering 30 classifications of professions. You can use the listings to find out whether your hairdresser, real estate agent, car dealer, nurse, psychologist or other licensed professional has been disciplined.

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