White Lake Dental Hygienist Loses License

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

June 29, 2004

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the dental hygienist license of Lisa Marie Stewart, R.D.H., due to her felony convictions in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County, Michigan. Stewart failed to report her convictions to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On October 30, 2003, Stewart pled guilty to three felony counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud. The convictions stemmed from Stewart’s fraudulent use of her employer’s Drug Enforcement Administration identification number to obtain controlled substances for personal use. Stewart was sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Prior to being convicted, Stewart voluntarily entered into a monitoring agreement with the Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP), a non-disciplinary monitoring program that supports recovery from substance abuse, chemical addiction, and mental illness. Enacted legislatively in 1994, the HPRP encourages health professionals to address their problems before their impairment harms a patient or damages their careers.

On March 15, 2004, following Stewart’s relapse of alcohol abuse and non-compliance with the terms of her monitoring agreement, the HPRP closed her file and forwarded it to MDCH.

On June 18, 2004, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Stewart’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which requires 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 Stewart’s dental hygienist license.

Additional information about the HPRP is available by calling 1-800-453-3784.

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.