You could be next.
And you know better than anyone, or at least as well, that there is no off switch on this surf life that we have chosen. No pause button either. Of course we’re surfers when we zip up our wetsuits and paddle out. When we double-knot our boardshorts, wax up our boards and rocket into the blue but we’re also surfers at work, surfers at home, surfers when shopping for lightbulbs at Home Depot. Surfers in the car, surfers at the bar, surfers when practicing dental surgery.
But, apparently, living that surf life while practicing dental surgery comes with a heavy, heavy price tag and let us read the cautionary tale of Dr. Seth Lookhart, the Anchorage, Alaska dentist who became in very large trouble for riding a hoverboard whilst extracting teeths. Let us take notes on what to best avoid.
An Anchorage dentist has been found guilty of extracting a patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard and unnecessarily sedating patients to maximize Medicaid payments, among a slew of other charges.
Based on “simply overwhelming” evidence presented by the state, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Seth Lookhart guilty on all 46 charges against him, Wolverton said in a written verdict released Friday. The charges included Medicaid fraud, reckless endangerment and “unlawful dental acts.”
“Perhaps most notable of all is the fact that this overwhelming amount of evidence was often supported, and often in excruciating detail, by Dr. Lookhart’s own texts, photos and videos,” Wolverton said in the verdict.
During the trial, which began Nov. 12, Lookhart’s defense attorney apologized for his client’s “idiotic” behavior and said Lookhart felt remorse for his actions.
Now, very easy to throw molars, as it were, but who here, who amongst us, has not mixed “surf” and “work” in inappropriate ways at inappropriate times? I’ll raise my hand and admit I’m doing it right now, even as you read.
And should we not set up an online outrage campaign seeing that our bro is being profiled and discriminated against?
It could be you, next, convicted on 46, or more, counts of “unlawful mixing of surf life and real stuff.”
It could be me.