Unlicensed Dentist Dumps Ill Patient On Brooklyn Street

The New York Daily News is reporting that a phony dentist dumped an ill patient on the curb after botched oral surgery. The patient, Colette Villemin, is on life support after suffering what may have been an allergic reaction during surgery. She’s suffered heart and brain damage and may not survive.

From the NY Daily News:

Wednesday morning, the younger George Raynor went to Alma Family Dental Services on Brighton Beach Blvd. and spoke to a woman working at a store on the ground floor of the dental office. She said she saw the dentist put a woman, his mom, on the street.

“The dentist brought her down,” the woman told him. “She was sitting on the sidewalk and they closed the door.”

Primitivo Ahuatl, 31, the food vendor who found Villemin on Tuesday, said she was slouched on a stoop, her mouth foaming. “Her eyes were closed, her face was too red,” he said.

The younger Raynor said he went to Poperetchny’s office and confronted another doctor leaving with a bag of documents. “I tried to stop him, but he didn’t want to talk to me,” the son said.

The son stayed in the hallway crying hysterically until Poperetchny, who police say is not a licensed dentist, came out to talk to him.

“He said, ‘How’s Colette? How’s she doing?'” Raynor said.

But then the dentist broke down and said, “I’m so sorry. I got scared. I’m sorry.”

When cops arrived moments later, Poperetchny, 47, began throwing pages from an appointment diary out the window, Raynor said.

The phony dentist has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful practice.

Phony dentist puts ill patient out on Brooklyn street [NY Daily News]
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  1. homerjay says:

    I hope she didn’t get his name from 1-800-DENTIST

  2. darkened says:

    Too soon

  3. Poison food, lead toys, resold totaled cars, swapped pills, patient dumping…

    I think we should just assume that anyone we do any kind of business with is trying to kill us.

    Where do people like Poperetchny get off anyway? I hope he gets put away for a long time.

  4. Girtych says:

    Holy CRAP. I hope that Poperetchny gets the book thrown at him. This isn’t just a case of being a bad dentist, this is a case of being a horrible human being, if you have such disregard for the safety of another person.

    And to think, if he owned up and called a doctor immediately instead of dumping her out on the sidewalk, maybe he wouldn’t be in danger of losing his practice and going to jail.

  5. protest says:

    @Girtych:

    practicing without license? he would have lost his “practice” and gone to jail either way. what an asshole.

  6. magus_melchior says:

    @Girtych: He probably would’ve lost his practice and prison had he called a doctor, anyway, being unlicensed and all. Damned if he did, damned if he didn’t. That probably explains his overall panicked behavior.

  7. magus_melchior says:

    @magus_melchior: s/and prison/and faced prison time/. The man don’t have no prison…

  8. DeeJayQueue says:

    At that point, once he realized that the patient was NOT fine he was already damned. It should have been a matter of saving the patient and taking his lumps later, but as usual, it wasn’t. He tried to save his own ass at the potential cost of another human life. He’s already going to jail for a long time, losing his practice is a non-point. He’s going to be in there for a much longer time if, godforbid, the patient dies. Then it’s a manslaughter charge on top of the reckless endangerment and unlawful practice, and if I were the prosecutor I’d try to go for Murder.

    That bastard needs to go to jail forever.

  9. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    @DeeJayQueue:

    Pretty sure you’d need a motive for a murder charge.

  10. SkyeBlue says:

    It has always ammazed me that when you have the letter M.D. after your name you can be negligent and cause someone to lose their life and for some reason just “losing their medical license” is somehow a terrible punishment for these people.

    Someone gets worse prison time for “practicing medicine without a license” than for gross negligence when they are a licensed physician!

  11. warf0x0r says:

    Depraved Indiference and Man 1 will get the doc atleast 10 to 15. Thanks Law and Order.

    BTW… What does Susan Surandon have to do with this?

  12. It should have been a matter of saving the patient and taking his lumps later, but as usual, it wasn’t.

    @DeeJayQueue: This reminds me of a student died of an overdose at the college I attended. People actually said that they would not get help for a friend who’d ODed if they themselves had been drinking too because they’d get arrested (drinking underage).

    What kind of “friend” would let you die because they might get arrested?

  13. bunnymen says:

    @warf0x0r: I was just about to ask the same thing…

  14. forever_knight says:

    is this a joke? it reads like a crazy foreign soap opera. many odd names.

  15. @warf0x0r, @bunnymen: according to the article at the jump link, that’s the actual woman – looks a little young to be 71 if you ask me. but i digress. this story is just sad.

  16. bluesunburn says:

    @forever_knight:

    Right, because the US doesn’t have any immigrants in it… :-p

  17. stanfrombrooklyn says:

    This is a very common situation in NYC and other big cities with large immigrant populations. In many cases the “dentist” or “doctor” or “surgeon” had some minimal experience providing such services in their native country. Then they come to the US where they don’t have the proper experience or licenses or education to practice in the US. So they set up shop providing such services without a license; usually their customers are members of their own ethnic background. And then these kinds of things happen.

    They have no problem getting customers because a lot of immigrants don’t have insurance, can’t speak English, and just feel more comfortable with someone from their own background. If this happened in Brighton Beach then all parties are probably Russian.

  18. Kurtz says:

    Not to blame the victim, but in the article the son recounts how his mother got sick at the same dentist eight months earlier. I sympathize with the mother, but you’ve got to wonder about the son who allowed her to go back that dentist.

  19. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    Wow this totally sucks. I have had problems even with licensed dentists. Scary stuff.

    But this guys name made me totally laugh out loud…Primitivo? Primitivo WTF?

  20. andrewsmash says:

    If you get medical care from someone who doesn’t have the proper credentials for his/her profession, this is the chance you take.

  21. cryrevolution says:

    @andrewsmash: Of course, but she probably didn’t know that he was phony. If he was able to secure a property, make it seem like a legit medical practice, have a long list of patients…most likely he was able to doctor up some sort of phony degree or credentials. And the patients didn’t know they were taking a chance because they were duped into thinking this person was experienced.

  22. camille_javal says:

    @Jaysyn: If she dies, it would be at least criminally negligent homicide (sec. 125.10 NYPL, Class E felony); it could get bumped up to murder in the second degree (sec. 125.25 NYPL, Class A-I felony) if dumping her on the sidewalk is found to be conduct creating a grave risk of death.

    (not a lawyer, but I’ve got a copy of the Penal Law of the State of New York)

  23. andrewsmash says:

    @cryrevolution: According to internet searches, the only time this guy’s name comes up is in conjunction with this story. That alone is fishy. But, due to the failure of the media to report the details of how he was able to run a fraudulent practice, there are a lot of unanswered questions. If he was convincing people that he was legit, then he should go to prison for a very long time – as a threat to the public if nothing else. But, one has to wonder how he was able to get away with it. Did he run a cash-only practice? How many patients did he have? I think that both the phony dentist and the patient are at fault here. Phony medical practitioners are nothing new, and unless she found out about this guy through a referral, she was probably just trying to save a few bucks and she paid the price for not doing her research. When a con is perpetrated, both the con man and con victim have to carry some of the blame. In this case, the price was just higher than usual.

  24. Hoss says:

    The story suggests a woman working on the first floor saw the phony dentist carry the woman to the sidewalk. But it was a street vendor that ultimately called police. What was the woman at the store thinking? Must be trash day again?

  25. its a catch-22 kind of story. This “dentist” was the only way certain individuals could afford getting dental work done, and apparently he had been doing it for 8 years straight.

    kind of makes out health care system look like crap

    oh wait, too late =/

  26. guymandude says:

    Anyone every see the series “Dexter”? If so… you know what I think should happen to this guy.

  27. DePaulBlueDemon says:

    A similar thing happened in Chicago except the victom was a little girl. Apparently the dentist’s technician had absolutely no training or experience. The little girl slipped into a coma and died years later. The dentist is still suing to try to regain his license…

  28. @guymandude: love dex!