Officials have suspended a Kent dentist’s license after complaints his office is unsanitary and disorganized, the state Department of Health said Monday.
A state investigator found problems at Charles Pan’s practice in May regarding protective barriers against infection and sterilization procedures, according to Health Department charges.
Pan said Monday he has not been working since Aug. 15, when he broke an arm and leg in a motorcycle accident. He now must use crutches, he said.
Before the wreck, he said, had been working on the problems the Health Department found.
The state visited the office at 27020 Pacific Highway S. after two patients complained the practice was “dilapidated, disorganized and unsanitary,” according to the suspension papers.
The issues hadn’t been fixed when an investigator checked again in September, the state said.
“I took it seriously and went down the list, trying to do everything,” Pan said. “They know I was working on it and correcting things that they felt needed correcting. I wasn’t just ignoring them.”
He has 20 days to ask for a hearing to contest the charges against him. He said he received the paperwork about the charges Monday, and was deciding what to do.
He cannot practice dentistry in the state while the charges are pending.