Dentist accused of mistreating children to stop practicing medicine
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida children’s dentist accused of performing unneeded tooth extractions and surgical procedures without anesthetic has agreed to stop practicing medicine.
The Florida Department of Health late Friday said Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville relinquished his license to practice in the state.
Schneider faces multiple lawsuits and his office has been picketed in recent weeks by parents carrying signs as a growing number of ex-patients complain about his practices.
In the lawsuits, parents claim their children were physically abused in Schneider’s care and would go in to get one tooth pulled and come out with multiple teeth gone.
In addition, Florida officials have launched an investigation and attorneys said the state was working on an emergency order to shut him down.
Schneider did not return a call seeking comment.