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November 13, 2012
A Newport Beach-based dentist donated 92 pounds of candy to troops serving overseas as part of the national Operation Gratitude, according to his office. As part of the Halloween Candy Buyback program, which plans to send 60,000 care packages to troops this December, Dr. J. Foster Weems collected the candy with help from local trick-or-treaters, each of whom received $2 per pound of candy. Some kids approached the candy buyback with unexpected zeal, Weems said, and the mail scale in the office wasn't adequate.
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By Joseph Serna | June 1, 2012
A Newport Beach dentist known for treating the rich and famous will have to pay one of her patients $641,542 after badly damaging her teeth and gums to the point that she needed emergency surgery. Earlier this month an arbitrator ruled in favor of Ingrid Valdez, 39, and her husband, Barry Cosgrove, who filed a malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Sherri Lee Worth after she botched dental work for Valdez in 2009. Worth is a well-known dentist who has appeared on television and done work for celebrities like Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. According to court documents, Worth placed 22 crowns and veneers and did gum lasering, all of which were poorly done.
NEWS
By Jamie Rowe | April 11, 2013
Five adults and 38 children received free dental checkups through the Boys & Girls Club in Costa Mesa over the weekend, according to a news release. The children, mostly affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club, and Rea, Wilson and Pomona elementary schools, and the adults also got restorative treatments, like fillings, extractions and cleanings. The Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2013 organized and hosted the free dental-care project with the sponsorship of the Orange County Dental Society and Boys & Girls Club.
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By Sue Thoensen | October 31, 2007
As a Newport Beach dentist, Kate Sahafi treats plenty of patients who can afford her services. She also treats many who can’t, such as orphans in Mexico and former drug addicts. “Everybody likes to smile, and imagine if you can’t do that,” she said. Sahafi donates her services when she can to patients in need. She’s treated kids at drug rehabilitation centers who have “meth mouth,” a condition in which the tooth enamel has been eroded by longterm usage.
NEWS
September 1, 2000
How often do you go? Do you go regularly, or just when you really, really have to? Maybe you don't go at all. To the dentist, that is. Hate it. Always have, always will. In this life, there are few things I fear. But of those few, I fear the dentist the most. FDR was wrong. He should have said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And the dentist." I was there just days ago, in our very own Newport Center. Needless to say, all the players save myself will remain unnamed.
NEWS
February 11, 2010
  On January 21, 2010, Dr. Thomas Wentworth Doan passed away from natural causes with his family by his side. Dr. Doan was a man of pride and honor. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Doan later graduated from USC Dental School in 1954. Following this great accomplishment, he settled down in Newport Beach where he established his prominent dental practice until his retirement in 1992.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — Tony Protopappas, the former dentist who killed three people in his chair and recently qualified for parole, plans to get back into dentistry. But this time, he shall not have direct contact with patients, his attorney said. Protopappas has been working with three dentists while serving a sentence of 15 years to life, attorney Rich Pfeiffer said. The parole conditions, if finalized months from now, would allow Protopappas to work in a dental lab. "He can't be a dentist, but he can work.
NEWS
December 6, 2001
John Depko and June Fenner 'Novocaine' hits a funny nerve "Novocaine" is an offbeat dark comedy that takes many interesting turns while following the strange developments in the once dull life of a family dentist. Steve Martin is Frank Sangster, the perfect conservative dentist engaged to his perfect dental assistant, played with verve by Laura Dern. Frank's boring life is turned upside-down by Susan, a hot babe with loose morals and a major drug habit, who appears in his office for an emergency root canal.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 16, 2009
Newport Beach periodontist John Chrispens hopes to take some of the bite out of the down economy by offering free dental care this weekend. He’s giving away his services to whoever shows up to his office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s Chrispens’ way of helping people out who might not otherwise be able to afford dental care, he said. “We were looking around to see ways we can make a difference and how we can help as a dental team,” Chrispens said.
NEWS
August 1, 2004
Deepa Bharath His last name is pronounced like the word "sparkle." And the fact that he was a dentist was a coincidence. A lot of his patients thought it was cute. But there was more to Newport Beach dentist Charly Sparkuhl than his appropriate last name. He had the deft hands of an artist and the keen eye of a born craftsman. When his patients went to other dentists for follow-up work after several years, the other doctors admired Charly's work.
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By Jamie Rowe | April 11, 2013
Five adults and 38 children received free dental checkups through the Boys & Girls Club in Costa Mesa over the weekend, according to a news release. The children, mostly affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club, and Rea, Wilson and Pomona elementary schools, and the adults also got restorative treatments, like fillings, extractions and cleanings. The Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2013 organized and hosted the free dental-care project with the sponsorship of the Orange County Dental Society and Boys & Girls Club.
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NEWS
November 13, 2012
A Newport Beach-based dentist donated 92 pounds of candy to troops serving overseas as part of the national Operation Gratitude, according to his office. As part of the Halloween Candy Buyback program, which plans to send 60,000 care packages to troops this December, Dr. J. Foster Weems collected the candy with help from local trick-or-treaters, each of whom received $2 per pound of candy. Some kids approached the candy buyback with unexpected zeal, Weems said, and the mail scale in the office wasn't adequate.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 1, 2012
A Newport Beach dentist known for treating the rich and famous will have to pay one of her patients $641,542 after badly damaging her teeth and gums to the point that she needed emergency surgery. Earlier this month an arbitrator ruled in favor of Ingrid Valdez, 39, and her husband, Barry Cosgrove, who filed a malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Sherri Lee Worth after she botched dental work for Valdez in 2009. Worth is a well-known dentist who has appeared on television and done work for celebrities like Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. According to court documents, Worth placed 22 crowns and veneers and did gum lasering, all of which were poorly done.
NEWS
April 2, 2012
A dentist practicing in Newport Beach has earned recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry, according to a news release. Nicholas C. Davis has been awarded the 2012 Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR). To earn this honor, Davis completed at least 1,600 hours of dental education in 16 different dental disciplines, according to the release. He has also been active in volunteering in his community, mentoring associates and more. "Recipients of the LLSR are true leaders among our organization and wholly embrace the AGD's core principles and ideals," AGD President Howard Gamble, said in a statement.
NEWS
August 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — A former Costa Mesa dentist convicted of killing three people in his dentist's chair in the 1980s was released from Folsom State Prison on Tuesday, his attorney said. Tony Protopappas, 66, was headed home with his brother after serving 26 years of a 15-years-to-life prison sentence, according to Protopappas' attorney, Rich Pfeiffer. Protopappas was convicted on three counts of second-degree murder for giving lethal amounts of a general anesthetic to Kim Andreassen, 23, Cathryn Jones, 31, and Patricia Craven, 13. Protopappas was using narcotics heavily at the time and not licensed to administer the drug, according to Daily Pilot archives.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
COSTA MESA — A former Costa Mesa dentist convicted of killing three patients in his care can be released from prison, an appellate court has ruled. A state Court of Appeal late Wednesday reinstated parole for Tony Protopappas, 66. The court order overturned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's December decision to block a parole board recommendation to let Protopappas go, said the dentist's attorney, Rich Pfeiffer. Protopappas was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder 26 years ago for killing three people in his dentist's chair during the early 1980s, according to Daily Pilot archives.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | December 30, 2010
The attorney for a Costa Mesa dentist convicted of killing three people in his dentist chair more than 20 years ago expressed confidence Thursday that he can win his client's freedom even after the governor rejected a parole bid earlier this month. Attorney Rich Pfeiffer said that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to keep Tony Protopappas, 65, in Folsom State Prison flies in the face of a recent Court of Appeal opinion. In a petition that Pfeiffer plans to file next week with the Santa Ana appellate court, he will remind the court that a three-judge panel there determined in March that Protopappas doesn't pose a public threat.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rejected parole for a Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in his chair from 1983 to 1984, in spite of opinions from a panel of appellate court judges and a state parole board that the convict should be released. On Dec. 15, Schwarzenegger overturned the parole board's recommendation to free Tony Protopappas, 65, who has served more than 25 years of his 15-to-life sentence on three second-degree murder convictions. In late 1983 and early 1984, Protopappas gave fatal doses of a general anesthetic to Kim Andreassen, 23, Cathryn Jones, 31, and Patricia Craven, 13, in his Costa Mesa dentist's office.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — Tony Protopappas, the former dentist who killed three people in his chair and recently qualified for parole, plans to get back into dentistry. But this time, he shall not have direct contact with patients, his attorney said. Protopappas has been working with three dentists while serving a sentence of 15 years to life, attorney Rich Pfeiffer said. The parole conditions, if finalized months from now, would allow Protopappas to work in a dental lab. "He can't be a dentist, but he can work.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 21, 2010
A former Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in his chair was granted parole Wednesday after serving more than 25 years of a 15-years-to-life sentence, state officials said. The state parole board at Folsom State Prison granted Tony Protopappas, 65, his freedom amid a state Court of Appeal ruling demanding that he be released unless new evidence showed he was dangerous to society. But the decision is anything but final. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has 30 days to review the decision and can approve it, modify his parole conditions or release date, kick it back for a review by the entire board, or reverse the decision.
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