7 dentists making headlines

From arrests to the opening of a new facility, here are the latest dentists making the news:

1. Topeka, Kan.-based dentist Brian Newell, DDS, was arrested April 19 on charges of violating a protection order, criminal use of weapons, criminal threat and harassment by telecom device. Following the arrest, Dr. Newell's dental practice, Family & Implant Center, closed indefinitely.

2. Melissa Ing, DMD, an associate professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, filed a lawsuit against the school alleging gender discrimination and retaliation after she accused a former colleague of sexual harassment in the workplace.

3. California dentists are requesting insurance companies bear the increased costs of COVID-19 personal protective equipment. 

4. Scott De Rossi, DMD, was announced as High Point (N.C.) University's founding dean. 

5. Wade Newman, DDS, surrendered his license to Pennsylvania's dentistry board after the board ruled that Dr. Newman acted unprofessionally by engaging in sexual misconduct with two patients.

6. Orange, Calif.-based Western Dental & Orthodontics recently opened its 234th California office in Atwater. 

7. Robert Crim, DDS, senior vice president and chief dental officer at Smile Brands, recently discussed what led him to join the DSO, new patient expectations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of building trust with patients.

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