Dental Expert Witness


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I have been a continually practicing full-time dentist for over 26 years and currently practice in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been a board approved consultant, or expert witness dentist, for over 20 years, adjudicating more than 1,000 dental board cases in Arizona. The primary responsibility of a board-approved consultant is to understand and define the standard of care and deviations from the standard of care. I have adjudicated cases that include failure to diagnosis, failure to treat dental conditions, dental fraud, inadequate treatment, over treatment, death of a patient, over sedation, inappropriate behaviors of a doctor and/or staff, inadequate clinical practice, inadequate treatment planning, appropriateness of care, and board generated cases due to malpractice settlements or awards. I have adjudicated cases in all fields of dentistry.

I was appointed by the Governor of the State of Arizona as their Dental Expert Witness for the Parsons’s v. Ryan class action lawsuit in 2013. I also was chosen by the Attorney General of the State of Michigan as their Dental Expert Witness for their class action lawsuit (Johannes v. Heyns) as well as Dental Defense Expert in the Federal Detainee Case in Illinois (Smego v. Mitchell).

In addition, I currently consult and provide expert reports to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. I developed the only board-approved template used by dental consultants and board members as a guideline to assess appropriateness of care.

Also, I have been retained as a dental expert witness in over 100 cases for both defendants and plaintiffs since the beginning of 2010 due to my expertise in the standard of care. I have over 3,000 hours of continuing education, including advanced training in prosthetics (both removable and fixed), dental implants, risk management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Computer-Aided Design (CAD/CAM), Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT), full mouth reconstruction, digital x-rays, endodontics, and lasers (both hard and soft tissue). I have been a beta tester for Dentrix, a dental software program commonly used by dentists throughout the United States, and I am familiar with other commonly used dental software programs.

Furthermore, I have lectured and done live patient demonstrations using both hard and soft tissue lasers. I have taught hundreds of dentists how to operate dental lasers, and I have published in restorative implant dentistry.

"DOCS" has utilized several suggestions I have made in establishing Standard of Care guidelines for sedation protocols as well as incorporated labels for emergency kits I help develop.

Additionally, I am a board-approved anesthesia evaluator and onsite inspection evaluator for the State of Arizona. I administer oral examinations and onsite inspections for anesthesia 1303 permits.

Lastly, I currently lecture on “The Standard of Care — What is it? What is it not?” as well as do Webinars for continuing education.

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3841 E Thunderbird Rd,
Ste 101
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson
17:38 25 Apr 19
I’ve been coming to this office for the last 18 YEARS (since I was 7 years old) and I love Dr. Dovgan! I never understood how anyone could hate going to the dentist before because I loved going to mine. He’s gentle, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of dentistry. The family feeling is great with the staff and they have always been so accommodating to my scheduling needs. I loved his practice so much growing up that I decided to join the dental field myself. I’d highly recommend anyone to come to his office.
Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders
20:30 28 Aug 18
I have always hated going to the dentist, but I've finally found a place that I like going to! The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Dovgan is great at what he does. I always have a great experience with my cleanings and today I had a filling done by Dr Dovgan and it was fast and pain free! I would definitely recommend him. Thank you for making me feel at ease
Karenlee Thorpe
Karenlee Thorpe
17:40 01 Jun 17
I have been a patient of Dr. Dovgan for approximately 2-3 years. My experiences have been extremely positive. The staff are very efficient, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist He has assisted me with difficult dental issues. I have had absolutely no problems with his work. He is friendly, helpful, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Dovgan and his office for any dental needs.
Kathleen Garast
Kathleen Garast
19:24 31 May 17
Dr. Dovgan and every member of his staff that I have met represent the perfect blend of a highly professional, efficient and welcoming facility. They are up to date on the latest procedures, they are willing to take the time to explain what is going to be done and they stand behind the work they do always assuring my complete satisfaction. I've had a range of work done from simple cleaning as well as complex procedures and I have been totally satisfied with the care, the cost and the results. I am happy to do this review because I've had less than positive experiences elsewhere and I hope this review can guide others to a positive experience with Dr. Dovgan and his staff.
Robert Barbour
Robert Barbour
19:09 31 May 17
I have to admit, I am extremely difficult to please. Having work in large inbound call centers and dealing with nothing but complaints...all I can say about Dr Dovgan and entire staff is I have NO complaints! I only have praise and compliments! EVERYONE there is simply WONDERFUL.