Wisconsin Dentist Surrenders License Amid Patient Complaints, State Investigation

May 11, 2018 10:23 PM

Facing allegations of over-treating, over-billing and threatening patients, a Hudson, Wisconsin dentist voluntarily surrendered his license to practice to the state last month.

Dr. Andy Mancini, in multiple interviews with Wisconsin state investigators, denies the allegations laid out in complaints made by patients over the last three years.

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Mancini is owner of La Petite Dentistry. The office is now closed.

The allegations are laid out in documents from Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services. The hand-written complaints date back to 2015.

In one complaint, dated December 2015, details a parents' concerns about Mancini's treatment of their 10-year-old son, writing the "dentist threatened our son... suggesting he would use 'sharp' tools if our son refused to calm down."

Another complaint filed in May 2016 said Mancini treated a child for cavities, then "proceeded to pull 6 teeth (which was never discussed)."

Rebecca Viebrock of Hudson, took her four children to La Petite, because it was one of the only practices that would take their public insurance.

Initially, she said she was impressed by the office and by Mancini.

"The office was really cute," Viebrock said. "It gave like a nice, peaceful kid environment. They had an aquarium. All the walls were painted really cool like a fish aquarium."

But Viebrock became suspicious after several visits. She said the office began scheduling her children for multiple procedures, some which she claims she was not allowed to sit in on.

"Here I think, every six months we'll come in for a cleaning," Viebrock said. "Well, that's when they started saying, Aven's got all these cavities or we need to do these sealants or he needs these teeth pulled."

Her children, Aven, now 11 and Nyla, now 8, both have metal caps and spacers still in their mouths. Now that the clinic is closed, she's unsure of what to do next and doesn't know where to take her children.

"As a mom, it's like OK, they are the doctors, they said you need this done," Viebrock said.

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