Krista Szewczyk, was taken into custody August 23 and faces being charged with 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license and more could come in
A Georgia woman who posed as a dentist and operated on patients’ mouths from at least as far back as 2012, has been arrested in Cobb County.
Krista Szewczyk, was taken into custody August 23 and faces being charged with 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license and three counts of writing unlawful prescriptions, ultimately putting the health of those who trusted her at risk.
The current CEO of County Dental Services is also up against forgery and three counts of insurance fraud.
David Marsh described himself as having an abscess the size of a tennis ball after falling victim to her work when he went to have two teeth removed and some cleaning done at the business which was previously in Dallas, Texas from October 2011 and operated out of a mall.
‘My neck was like the size of a tennis ball. It was closing in on my throat,’ Marsh told Channel 2 Action News about the pain and swelling. ‘My wife took me to the ER and they said I had to be rushed to Grady to have emergency surgery. That’s where they cut the abscess, put a tube in through my mouth, through my neck for everything to drain out.’
Szewczyk herself didn’t have the authority to pull crowns, apply fillings, replace crowns and prescribe medication. However she did according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which added her attorney Jimmy Berry did not return their call for comment.
The accused apparently has a track record of taking her illegal personal business around the country, she has at times performed surgery in homes.
Dallas patient David Marsh described himself as having an abscess the size of a tennis ball after having teeth pulled
His wife (right) took him to the ER and they said he had to be rushed to Grady to have emergency surgery
The hospital put a tube in through his mouth and through his neck for everything to drain out
While she’s technically not allowed to work as a dentist, with the Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Composite Medical Board and Secretary of State’s Office, showing no record of her licence, she was allowed her to run the business with the help of real professional contractors.
‘The company is solely a business service organization, which means we don’t do dentistry or get involved in the decisions made between dentist and patient,’ the County Dental Providers’ website explains. ‘Our affiliated dentists spend most of their time with their patients delivering high-quality patient care, while our highly-trained business professionals manage the business aspects.’
She has warned about her work in Paulding County, Georgia the first time around but the senior assistant district attorney, Matthew Rollins, says she got away with the charges because her husband being the deputy sheriff.
It led the DA to believe it was a conflict of interest to go ahead with prosecution and even that didn’t stop her from opening in Marietta in 2017, where AJC.com reports was still open Tuesday.
‘It’s definitely a personal vendetta for the D.A investigator,’ Szewczyk wrote in a text conversation over Facebook. ‘Sad situation and I’m confident it will be handled in a timely manner.’
When CBS asked her if she denies doing the accused she replied, ‘yes’.
County Dental Services has be operating in Texas, Georgia (Cobb County pictured) and homes
Patients were seen heading to appointments at the latest Cobb County venue that kept its doors closed but provided entry upon knocking.
While the report states her number of charges may rise as patients come forward, one man told reporters he was happy with the service at the business and arrived Tuesday to have teeth pulled.
It’s not clear whether he had Szewczyk as his dentist though.
‘There are numerous new victims that are now under investigation, and we’ll have to follow up on those allegations and determine whether to re-present it to the grand jury,’ Rollins continued. ‘We’ll keep on fielding those calls and investigating the allegations as they come in.’