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Rockdale woman charged in illegal dentist practice

CONYERS -- A Rockdale County woman has been arrested and charged with practicing dentistry without a license.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Kessia Shauna Curtis, 34, of 2110 Fairway Court, Unit B, was arrested and charged on Aug. 22, after a complaint came in concerning several illegally parked vehicles and the allegation that an illegal dentist office was operating from that address.

In her incident report, a RCSO deputy said she went to Curtis' home and knocked on the door and Curtis answered the door wearing a surgical mask.

The deputy asked Curtis about the allegations and she said "she was just clipping someone's braces wire, that she was an orthodontic assistant and what she was doing was not illegal," the incident report states.

Though not invited inside, the deputy stated she observed "some type of machine that was plugged up on the left side of the residence and it was covered up with some type of cloth. There was also a table on the right side of the residence as well with different types of items on it."

Curtis told the deputy the reason there were so many vehicles at the location was because four adults lived there. When asked what orthodontist she worked for, the woman hesitated before giving the name and telephone number of an Atlanta orthodontist. She said she didn't know the address, only that it was in Atlanta.

The deputy contacted a RCSO detective who obtained a search warrant for the location. Cleaning equipment and other dental equipment and supplies were located and the charges were made.

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82011 1 year, 11 months ago

Other Dental Equipment and Supplies = Toothbrush and Toothpaste. Heaven forbid they find DENTAL FLOSS! This really was more a CODE ENFORCEMENT ISSUE I believe.

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bunnyharbin 1 year, 11 months ago

Would you let a stranger work in your mouth without having training and documentation that proves they are credible? There are serious risks to the clients that go to a jack-leg dentist or assistant. AIDS can be passed from a drop of someone's blood or saliva. The Health Dept. needs to know she's there so they can make health inspections and be sure she's not infecting anyone. Sanitation is part of the reason for licensing. She could be passing on disease without knowing it. Working under someone elses license doesn't mean you're safe or that you know your left hand from your right - especially if you don't even know where the license holder is located. This is just another classic example of what's happening to Rockdale County and using your toothbrush or calling code enforcement isn't going to help stop this type of thing. People who don't follow rules generally can't follow them or they think the rules don't apply to them. They work from home so they have no overhead expense like licensed dentists and they can move to another spot with little trouble should they get into trouble.

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