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March 30, 2013

Patients of Oklahoma doctor line up for tests

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TULSA, Okla. —

Nursing student Anisa Lewis, 22, said her friends recommended Harrington’s practice when she had to get her wisdom teeth taken out in 2005.

“I’m a little nervous because I read the complaints filed against him, and in nursing school, we’re taught how to handle and clean our instruments, she said. “It was very shocking to read some of the allegations,” which she called “far beyond the pale of the precautions you’re supposed to be taking.”

Susan Rogers, the executive director of the state Dentistry Board, said her agency has a budget of around $1 million, much of that generated from license renewal fees and dentist certification. It has only five employees to monitor more than 2,000 dentists, and the staff does inspections only if the agency receives a complaint.

“With three incoming telephone lines and essentially one person handling the phones, emails, snail mail, renewals, new license/permit applications, walk ins ... we will miss phones calls,” the board’s website says.

“So follow the instructions on the message,” the site says. “We will respond to your request as soon as we can in the order in which it is received, but it will take time. We appreciate your patience.”

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