Central Kentucky Dentist Under Investigation

The state is looking into Dr. Arlene Baluyut of Frankfort after several patients and former employees have filed dozens of complaints against the dentist.

Dr. Baluyut says anybody can file a complaint to the Board of Dentistry and this was the result of two disgruntled employees who were let go.

Nonetheless, it's been a few months now and the state board continues to investigate, even calling a public meeting to determine the status of her license.

Dr. Baluyut denies all of the 44 accusations the State Board of Dentistry have leveled against her. The charges range from allowing assistants to perform root canals, to prescribing Hydrocodone to patients and employees without documentation, to charging thousands of dollars for services that the board says were never rendered.

According to the documents obtained by 27 NEWSFIRST, Dr. Baluyut is also accused of not keeping proper patient records and poor work on patients.

The board states "these violations make her guilty of incompetence or negligence by failure to meet the minimum standards of performance."

Dr. Baluyut says she will not allow the sabotage effort by former employees to ruin her longtime practice.

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  • by Jennifer Location: Frankfort on May 29, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    We have been seeing Dr. Baluyut for years. Our entire family goes to see her and we have two children that have seen Orthodontists in the meantime and there has never been one problem or issue with her services or her attentiveness to detail when working with any of us. I believe you have a disgruntled employee or someone who has had issues about paying a bill. I can't imagine any of this to be true. Sometimes you have to wait a while to see Dr. Baluyut but that is usually due to the fact the she spends time with each individual patient. She's been a pillar to our community and I challenge everyone who has been to see her to back her up and stand behind her on this matter.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2007 at 09:10 PM
    y MSH2066 you want to go?
  • by cs Location: frankfort on May 25, 2007 at 09:01 PM
    My dear Barb I hope you do not expect the public to fall over with sympathy because you are a paid supporter of this dentist. As for your root canal stories I think if you really go back to your appointments the truth is the assistant did most of your work. Were those root canals? If only walls could talk would this story be different.....
  • by roberta Location: lexington on May 25, 2007 at 08:54 PM
    where can I view the charges against the dentist? Is there a website.
  • by julie Location: frankfort on May 25, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    do you happen to know the number for the state board of dentisty?
  • by told you so on May 25, 2007 at 06:11 AM
    I've heard these things about Dr. B for YEARS. I've heard employees of her's mention doing procedures that were mentioned in this claim. The Board of Dentistry isn't going to make false accusations after such intensive research in the matter. If you don't like what you're hearing go somewhere else ... if you don't believe what they say then stay with Dr. B. All the bashing going on in the comments section here are childish and ridiculous.
  • by 40601 Location: Frankfort on May 24, 2007 at 08:31 PM
    I can not believe that some of you guys really think that those 44 accusations are only from one past employee. That is crazy. I would bet that they only can prove 44 accusations, who knows how many there are. One former employee would not be responsible for all 44. Anyway, I have been told by many of her patients or should I say past patients, that they all have had lengthy treatment plans that were unnecessary in the end. I am sure the Board of Dentistry is taking this case very seriously and will take action as needed.
  • by Barbara Location: Lexington on May 24, 2007 at 07:31 PM
    I have had the honor and priviledge of knowing Dr. Baluyut professionally as my dentist and personally as the athletic trainer for her 3 children.I have found Dr.Baluyut to be the ultimate professional and someone I am happy to call my friend. Over the past 3 years I have had numerous dental procedures all performed by only Dr. B and never her staff. I find it ironic that Dr. B has been in practice nearly 20 years and 6 months after dismissing some of her staff she faces a hearing by the state Board of Dentistry regarding numerous charges. Am I the only semi-educated person that finds this a little odd? To the lady that stated Dr. B gave her a root canal, did she wrap it up and tie a bow on it! Get real, you under go a root canal, you don't get one like a gift!!! And, what the heck are jaw teeth? Aren't most of our teeth in our jaw?
  • by kelly Location: frankfort on May 24, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    ok I think you are the confused one. Let me remind you that Dr Baluyut was investigated for six months... The Dental board revirewed ALL the evidence collected from everyone not just one employee and Voted to move forward with the formal complaint. From what I understand the investigations began before anyone was let go. So your facts are alittle distorted. As for comments from current employees who have come to her defense what else can they do She sounds as if they would not be employed either if they didnt. I know some of the employees who have posted to this board and have heard them personally make statements contrary to their "NOW Versions luckily many people are also aware of these persons comments as well. One employee contacted former employees recently and stated how she could no longer compromise her ethics and work for such a woman, then she writes a devotional letter now thats hipocracy at its best but the truth is none of these messages matter. The truth will come out and I feel the former employees she keeps trying to malign will prove to be the truthful version. All the ranting and devotional crap in the world cant change the fact that greed is an ugly beast that motivates poor decisions in the best of people even DENTISTS. As for money and fame you must obviously you dont have a clue what people who step forward to save others go thru. You should bow down and thank these 8 persons.One of the charges listed is that these people were threatened. I think it took guts and for your information no amount of money I feel is worth silence or selling your soul not for all the money, cars houses condos houseboats or lex cath education........
  • by MSH2066 on May 24, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    Just a question?? Are all the advocates going to the public hearing on her behalf?


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