Experienced Dental Lawyers
At Koziebrocki Law, we have extensive experience defending dentists at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (“RCDSO”). We assist with responding to complaints, investigations, and disciplinary proceedings to help defend dentists.
Josh Koziebrocki regularly speaks on dental legal issues and has published articles in the Ontario Dentist Journal and Oral Health magazine. We are defence counsel to the Canadian Dental Protective Association (“CDPA”).
RCDSO Complaints & Dentists
As professional regulation and discipline lawyers, we help dentists respond to dental complaints at the RCDSO. Complaints to the RCDSO can be made by patients, staff, other dental professionals, or even members of the public who are not patients.
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 can impact future complaints or other RCDSO proceedings.
How Our Dental Lawyers Assist Dentists
Our team of defence dental lawyers work extensively with dentists on various regulatory issues, including the following:
- Assisting dentists to respond to patient complaints at the RCDSO.
- Responding to various inquiries, including defending dentists at RCDSO discipline hearings and RCDSO quality assurance committee (“QAC”) inquiries.
- Advocating on behalf of dentists to resolve matters through the RCDSO Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) process;
- Representing dentists in RCDSO 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;
- Responding to allegations of professional misconduct at the RCDSO;
- Assisting with RCDSO fitness to practice matters;
- Facilitating the process between dentists and the RCDSO where clients are required to take educational courses, including through undertakings and Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs (“SCERP”);
- Representing dentists with insurance delisting issues with insurers;
- Assisting dentists with RCDSO registration issues and licence applications, 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 dental professionals, including drafting, and reviewing dental employment agreements and dental associate agreements.