Brower to suspend Iowa practice

Posted on Jul 28 2013 - 11:20pm by Mellisa Jordon

A Le Mars dentist agreed to put his Iowa dental license on “inactive status” and pay a $7,500 fine after the Iowa Dental Board filed a statement of charges regarding his practice.

Joshua S. Brower, D.D.S., signed a settlement agreement which was approved June 27 by the Iowa Dental Board.

This follows a statement of charges from the board in March, charging Brower with “failure to maintain a satisfactory standard of competency in the practice of dentistry,” according to information from the board.

Iowa Code gives the Iowa Dental Board authority to allege such statements.

Brower reached a settlement with the board, sharing his plans to close his Le Mars office and relocate his entire dental practice to South Dakota by Sept. 3.

He agreed to place his Iowa license on “inactive status” on that date as well, according to information from the board.

In March, the board originally called for a hearing, citing multiple complaints concerning the care Brower provided to patients, according to legal documents.

Dental professionals reviewed dental work on four patients who had complaints or whose subsequent dentist had issued a complaint.

In three of the cases, they reported that Brower’s treatment did not meet the “standard of care.”

In the fourth case, the reviewer noted that Brower placed implants in an area with periodontal bacteria although “implants should not be placed in the area of known active periodontal disease,” according to the board’s document.

With the settlement approved in June, the issue is considered resolved without needing to go to hearing.

Brower agreed to pay the $7,500 fine to the board within 30 days.

The dentist also agreed that, if he decides to return to practice in Iowa, the board can set requirements for his reinstatement.

This may include putting his license on probation five years from the date of his reinstatement.

In addition, Brower agreed to cooperate with unannounced visits and reviews by agents of the board.

If he chooses to seek reinstatement of his Iowa license, he must successfully complete a comprehensive clinical skills assessment in prosthodontics and endodontics, according to the agreement.

Brower is responsible for all costs associated with compliance of the final order from the board.

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