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Internal Emails Raise Questions About Dental Board Investigations

November 13, 2018
by Dave Biscobing, Shawn Martin, ABC15


After receiving repeated warnings about a dentist’s falsified anesthesia credentials, Arizona Dental Board officials intentionally looked the other way, silenced staff, and even helped the dentist continue to practice, according to internal emails and documents obtained by ABC15.

The board’s executive director also incorrectly attempted to guess the news station’s source.

“Obviously (name redacted by ABC15) went to Channel 15 – fyi,” emailed former director, Elaine Hugunin, to board president Dr. Greg Waite.

Journalists obtained the emails through a public records request.

The internal conversations show top board staff and voting members were more concerned with keeping information about Dr. Pankaj Goyal a secret and not concerned with investigating obvious discrepancies with his credentials and answering basic questions about his public licensing file.

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