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Unlicensed Glendale dentists: Two arrested for performing dental work

Posted at 1:46 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 01:27:25-04

Editors note: The ABC15 Investigators have been investigating impostor health professionals for more than a year. Thursday at 10 p.m., ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing exposes how more than 100 people have been accused of or found practicing healthcare without a license in recent years -- and we're releasing all of their names. 

Two women have been arrested for performing unlicensed dental work at an office in Glendale.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says the two women performed unlicensed work on five unsuspecting victims.

Melissa Pavey, 45, and Jolene Houchens, 38, are accused of performing tooth extractions by utilizing drills, lasers, and surgical tools, among other work.

The illegal work was allegedly performed by the two between July and December 2016. 

Neither woman has ever been a licensed dentist, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Before their arrest, the two women were indicted on multiple felony charges including fraudulent schemes and artifices, aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument, theft and taking identity of another.

Pavey and Houchens both allegedly billed victims thousands of dollars to perform the illegal dental procedures and unlawfully used a real dentist’s prescription pad to write a prescription.