Our firm has extensive experience representing dentists at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (“RCDSO”) with complaints, investigations and disciplinary proceedings. We also represent 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 counsel to the Canadian Dental Protective Association (“CDPA”).
We help dentists respond to complaints at the RCDSO. Complaints can be made by patients, staff, other dentists or even members of the public who are not patients. Regardless of who makes a complaint and whether it has merit, 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.
Koziebrocki Law also works extensively with dentists on the following regulatory issues:
- Responding to various inquiries at the RCDSO, including defending dentists at discipline hearings and quality assurance inquiries (“QAC”);
- Advocating on behalf of dentists to resolve matters through the RCDSO Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) process;
- Representing dentists in 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;
- Assisting with 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”);
- Assisting dentists with registration issues and licence applications at the RCDSO, 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.