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December 11, 2012

Illegal dental office shut down

Woman without license to practice treated as many as 30 patients daily


Just before 3 p.m., Michael Hanson and Gregg Arvanitis from the city’s inspectional services department shut down the office.

Inside, police found a dental chair “you would see in any dental office,” Olivieri wrote. Cabinets contained medical supplies and there was a bench area with dental tools.

“There was what looked like a sanitation container that heated up the tools,” he wrote. A box contained needles in bags and other medical products. The waiting room contained five lawn chairs and two dinner table chairs. Patient contact books and a dental receipt book were also seized as evidence.

Olivieri took 14 photos as evidence for detectives to use in the case.

Attempts to reach Villanueva for comment yesterday were unsuccessful. Her phone was disconnected.

She was issued a summons yesterday for a public health crime, posing as a dentist, which is punishable by six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. Villanueva, because she was issued a summons, is entitled to a hearing before a district clerk magistrate who will determine if enough evidence exists for her to be arraigned on a criminal charge.

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