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Former dentist 'treated 1,500 patients while unregistered'

Eleni Kalamara pleaded guilty to five charges of carrying out dentistry illegally following an investigation and prosecution by regulators the General Dental Council.

The General Dental Council believes Kalamara treated 1,502 patients – including 392 children – in total between April 2015 and January 2016 whilst unregistered and without insurance.

A former dentist who treated patients, including children, illegally has been fined.

Eleni Kalamara pleaded guilty to five charges of carrying out dentistry illegally following an investigation and prosecution by regulators the General Dental Council.

The charges related to ‘dental procedures of varying complexity’ performed on five separate patients, including children, in 2015.

The GDC said however that it believes she treated 1,502 patients – including 392 children – in total between April 2015 and January 2016 whilst unregistered and without insurance.

At the time the five charged offences were committed - June 23, July 22, August 12, September 15 and November 16, 2015 - Kalamara was living in Manchester.

The procedures she was charged in relation to were carried out at My Dentist on Station Road North in Fearnhead, Warrington.

Kalamara was registered to practise as a dentist in the UK with the GDC in September 2004.

The regulator said she was removed from the register of dental professionals in April 2015, because she did not meet the requirements of the Continued Professional Development scheme.

It’s a statutory requirement for all dentists and dental care professionals because it helps to keep dental professionals’ skills up to date and Kalamara was sent ‘numerous notifications and warnings’, the GDC said.

There’s no suggestion any patients she treated suffered any adverse reaction.

Kalamara, who is now believed to be in Greece, pleaded guilty to the charges at North Cheshire magistrates’ court earlier this month.

She was fined £500 for each offence, £2,500 in total, and ordered to pay court costs of £2,218.

The GDC said magistrates told her she was ‘unprofessional and unethical’ and ‘had dismissed her professional obligations’.

Shaun Round, interim head of illegal practice at the GDC, said: “The General Dental Council’s role is to protect patients and help to ensure the public has confidence in the services the dental profession provides and we do this by regulating the dental team. We also prosecute people who carry out dentistry illegally.

“Even though Ms Kalamara has previously trained, qualified and worked as a dentist, she was removed from the register of dental professionals for not completing her Continued Professional Development – a statutory requirement for all dental professionals, which involves keeping your skills and knowledge up to date.”

A spokesman for the surgery, My Dentist, said: "During our annual checks we discovered Dr Eleni Kalamara’s GDC registration had lapsed because she had not registered her continuing professional development and we terminated her employment.

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