Letters of concern are considered non-disciplinary actions.
Non-disciplinary actions were not required to be posted on the board’s website for the public to see even though they total 70 percent of the board’s actions.
Lawmakers passed a new bill after ABC15’s reports requiring all board actions to be posted.
Arizona dental board Executive Director Elaine Hugunin sent the following statement about the cases:
“As you are aware, the Board makes decisions after reviewing all information associated with each complaint, which includes information provided by the investigator, complainant, as well as the licensee. With respect to the specific cases that you are referencing, I cannot comment on anything beyond what is contained in the Letters of Concern, as those were Board decisions. Per state statute, the investigative files are confidential.”