Howell Dental Hygienist Loses License

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

October 12, 2004

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the registered dental hygienist license of Jana D. Walther, R.D.H., based on her felony conviction in the 44th Judicial Circuit Court, Livingston County, Michigan.

Walther failed to report her conviction to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code. On December 19, 2003, Walther pled guilty to one felony count of Operating – While Intoxicated –Occupant Less Than 16, Second or Subsequent Offense Notice.

As a result, Walther was sentenced to serve eight days in jail with eight days credit, and ordered to pay costs and fees totaling $420.00. In addition, Walther was placed on probation for a period of 36 months, was ordered to submit to drug and alcohol testing and treatment at the request of the field agent.

On October 4, 2004, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Walther’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Walther’s registered dental hygienist license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.