We are lawyers for dentists and have extensive experience defending dentists at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (“RCDSO”) with complaints, investigations, and disciplinary proceedings. We also defend dentists in civil and criminal actions. Josh Koziebrocki regularly speaks on dental legal issues and has published articles in the Ontario Dentist Journal and Oral Health magazine. We are defence counsel to the Canadian Dental Protective Association (“CDPA”).
We help dentists respond to dental complaints at the RCDSO. Complaints can be made by patients, staff, other dentists, or even members of the public who are not patients. Dentists should take all complaints seriously, as any decision by the RCDSO could have a lasting impact on their practice. The decision will also remain on file at the RCDSO, and has the potential to impact future complaints or other RCDSO proceedings.
How We Assist Dentists
Our team of defence lawyers works extensively with dentists on the various regulatory issues, including the following:
- Assisting dentists respond to patient complaints at the RCDSO;
- Responding to various inquiries, including defending dentists at RCDSO discipline hearings and RCDSO quality assurance committee (“QAC”) inquiries;
- Advocating on behalf of dentists to resolve matters through the RCDSO Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) process;
- Representing dentists in RCDSO appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g. where a decision of the RCDSO’s Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) has been made);
- Navigating standard of practice issues, billing and insurance issues, record keeping, privacy breaches, and public health inquiries;
- Working with dentists to respond to allegations of professional misconduct at the RCDSO;
- Assisting with RCDSO fitness to practice matters;
- Facilitating the process between dentists and the RCDSO where dentists are required to take educational courses, including through undertakings and Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs (“SCERP”);
- Representing dentists with insurance delisting issues with insurers;
- Assisting dentists with RCDSO registration issues and licence applications, including working with foreign-trained dentists;
- Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the RCDSO; and
- Advising dentists on employment, business, and contract issues related to their staff or other dentists, including drafting and reviewing dental employment agreements and dental associate agreements.