Lawrence Police Uncover Unlicensed Dentist
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Lawrence police say they’ve shut down an unlicensed dental office that treated as many as 30 patients a day.
Criminal charges are now being sought against 43-year-old Maira Josefina Villanueva, who claimed to be a doctor in her native Dominican Republic.
She told police she recently opened the office because she has a child and needs money.
Police say she told them she worked on minor dental problems such as toothaches and tightening braces, but did not pull teeth.
Police tell The Eagle-Tribune they discovered the makeshift office, complete with a standard dental chair, on Monday while working on an unrelated narcotics investigation.
Villanueva was issued a summons for posing as a dentist.