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Dentist penalized by dental board still on VA provider network

Jen French
May 09, 2017 07:15 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After getting drilled by the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care, Dr. William Gardner remains on the VA Choice Provider network.

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Air Force veteran Nickolas Schilla said he’s still combating pain years after a series of procedures with Gardner. Schilla tells 4 Investigates that he depends on the VA for medical and dental care. Now he can barely chew. He has a metal screw instead of a molar. For dinner, he often eats oatmeal.

4 Investigates asked Gardner about patient complaints and allegations of performing unnecessary procedures and altering X-rays, but Gardner has denied patient and state investigator claims.             

The New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care board hit Gardner with a $10,000 fine. 4 Investigates asked the VA why the agency is still recommending him.

VA spokesperson Sonja Brown told KOB that Gardner is not on the federal health and human services provider exclusion list at this time.

In order for a physician or dentist to be put on it, he or she must be convicted of patient abuse or neglect or of healthcare fraud.

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care told 4 Investigates, "The board has other action pending against Dr. Gardner. So at this time, the Board cannot speak on any action or allegations against Dr. Gardner."

"They should subject themselves to their dental care prior to allowing them to serve veterans,” Schilla said.

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