Former Topeka dentist arrested on warrant for false impersonation

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A former Topeka dentist was arrested over the weekend on allegations he has been working towards dentistry and not using a license.

Shawnee Co. Dept. of Corrections reserving data present Michael Charles Putnam, 67, was booked into custody by the Topeka Police Dept. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 12:20 p.m.

Court docket paperwork state {that a} warrant for Putnam’s arrest was issued June 24, 2022 after he failed to look at a motions listening to in Shawnee Co. Dist. Court docket.

In line with court records, Putnam faces a complete of three misdemeanor fees of false impersonation, which originated in December of 2021. Shawnee Co. District Lawyer Mike Kagay says the fees stem from allegations of working towards dentistry and not using a legitimate dental license.

13 NEWS has requested extra data from the Topeka Police Dept. and Shawnee Co. District Lawyer’s Workplace regarding the fees Putnam has confronted because the finish of final yr.

The Kansas Dental Board lists Putnam’s dental license standing as revoked. It was initially issued July 23, 1982.

In an announcement despatched to 13 NEWS Tuesday morning, the Kansas Dental Board stated partially “Mr. Putnam beforehand held a license to follow dentistry in Kansas.  By way of the issuance of a Ultimate Company Order on June 9, 2021, the Board unanimously revoked Mr. Putnam’s dental license in accordance with the Dental Act and the Kansas Administrative Process Act, Okay.S.A. 77-501 et seq.  The Board has expressly prohibited Mr. Putnam from working towards dentistry in Kansas.  At this juncture, the Board intends to respect the legal justice system and permit the prosecutorial course of to unfold inside the Shawnee County District Court docket.”

In an emergency order filed by the Kansas Dental Board on December 14, 2020, a number of complaints have been listed concerning Putnam’s work as a dentist.

  • Undisclosed complaints acquired April 1990 and Sept. 1991
  • Uncleanly situations reported at Putnam’s workplace in Oct. 2016. In the course of the subsequent investigation, Putman was stated to have thrown his glasses and violently slammed his fist right into a wall and door, accusing the investigator of attempting to “destroy him”
  • Nameless grievance stated Putnam grew to become unreasonably indignant throughout therapy and didn’t put on gloves throughout oral examination in early 2018
  • In Jan. 2018, investigators went to Putnam’s workplace and located he appeared raveled, unorganized, had soiled arms, had no x-ray view field, s-rays of questionable high quality have been noticed, and had a grimy lab space.
  • Putman was reported to have thrown dental devices in opposition to the wall throughout an examination, and in addition didn’t take a full mouth x-ray for a affected person requesting higher and decrease speedy dentures in Dec. 2017
  • A grievance submitted in Might 2018 once more accused Putnam of changing into indignant and throwing dental devices throughout an examination, and in addition left giant quantities of cement subgingival and interproximal on enamel he was engaged on
  • A grievance was filed in Nov. 2018 that Putnam was unprofessional and a deadbeat
  • A grievance was filed Feb. 2019 that Putnam’s workplace was soiled and he put his arms right into a affected person’s mouth with out gloves
  • March 2019 a grievance stated Putnam threw a dental instrument and administered an excessive amount of Lidocaine to the affected person
  • One other investigation discovered Putnam administered extreme Lidocaine, didn’t hold correct chart information concerning narcotics, didn’t report quantity of native anesthetic in affected person’s charts throughout tooth extractions, and prescribing extreme oxycodone to tooth extraction sufferers
  • A grievance was filed in Nov. 2020 that stated Putnam surgically eliminated a tooth with out an assistant or essential suction or tongue retraction. The doc states Putnam didn’t take away a root tip, didn’t take submit extraction x-ray, and brought on a tear within the flooring of the affected person’s mouth and iatrogenic grooves within the buccal bone

The report’s conclusion said Putnam’s “continued extraction of enamel would represent a right away hazard to the general public well being and security or welfare…”

The emergency order prohibiting Putnam from extracting enamel was signed 12/7/2020.

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