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Whistleblower Accuses Tacoma Pediatric Dental Chain of Reusing Disposable Tools

October 30, 2018
by Alison Grande, The News Tribune


The Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission is investigating after a whistleblower accused a Tacoma pediatric dental chain of reusing dental tools.

Lisa Walker said she quit her job as the office manager at the Smiles 4 Kids in the Allenmore B building after the dentist overseeing the businesses, Dr. Justin VanBibber, told her to reuse disposable Isolite mouthpieces.

“He asked that I put them in the cold sterile and reuse them on patients and I refused,” Walker said.

Packaging for the mouthpieces is labeled “Disposable. Do not re-use. Re-use can result in the transmission of infections, pathogens.”

In a statement to KIRO-7, VanBibber called the allegations “highly misleading, riddled with inaccuracies and are being raised by a misinformed and disgruntled former employee.”

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